Ask playwright M Sayeed Alam of Pierrot’s Troupe about his obsession with the life and times of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib and he breaks into a laughter.
“You can never go wrong with the Bard of Delhi,” says Alam, who has staged three plays on the poet over the last month alone.
“Delhi’s audiences have a tremendous appetite for plays that bring to light unknown facets of the city’s best known, and most complex, poet.”
So, Alam’s Ghalib Ke Khat, unravels the not-so-well-known side of his wife Umrao Begum, through letters read out by his closest disciple Munshi Hargopal. Ghalib in New Delhi, to be staged at Alliance Francaise this weekend, is a farcical comedy where the celebrated poet comes to his native Ballimaran in today’s times and has to prove his identity all over again. No-holds-Bard, did someone say.