The city of Gurgaon may be known for its cosmopolitan appeal, but its residents are well-versed with their cultural history as well. Come to talk of Ghalib, whose haveli in the Walled City is far from the Satellite City, and one would be surprised to find its high number of takers!
“Whenever we have staged plays based on historical stories, there has been a huge turn out in Gurgaon,” says M Sayeed Alam from Pierrot’s Troupe.
The theatre group is now set to stage its play Ghalib Ke Khat in the city. Starring renowned actor Tom Alter, the play in Urdu and Hindi uses the device of letter-reading to narrate the story. Ghalib, the eminent poet of medieval era, was known to write letters to his family, friends and disciples including his wife (Umrao Begum) and maid (Wafadar).
Alam, the writer-director of the play, says, “It is for the first time that the play will be staged in Gurgaon. The plot revolves around Ghalib’s life, and the inputs have been taken from the letters that the celebrated poet wrote. Generally in plays based on Ghalib, a single character performs the entire story. But Ghalib Ke Khat is a multi-starrer where the recipient of letters will read out the letter, to show the progression of the poet’s life.”
“It feels both challenging and refreshing to play a historical character on stage,” says actor Tom Alter, who will portray the role of Munshi Har Gopal ‘Taftah’ — one of Ghalib’s disciples. He adds, “It has always been a pleasure to perform in Gurgaon because the audiences here loves theatre.”
CATCH IT LIVE
WHAT: Ghalib Ke Khat, play
WHERE: Epicentre, Sector- 44, Gurgaon
WHEN: May 15
NEAREST METRO STATION: Huda City Centre on the Yellow Line