The 50th anniversary of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) will be marked by a week-long tribute to Mirza Ghalib, on the occasion of his death anniversary on February 15.
IPTA, in collaboration with Doordarshan, will stage a play, Aetraaf-E-Ghalib, on six days, starting February 10 at Delhi University's Shankar Lal Hall. The play will be staged at Zakir Hussain College on February 13, India Islamic Cultural Centre on February14 and Azad Bhawan, ICCR on February 15.
The play will move to Kolkata for a performance at Kala Kunj Auditorium on March 3.
Directed by Aziz Quraishi, 'Aetraaf-E-Ghalib' is a musical play that brings alive the Ghalib era. DD (Urdu) will telecast the play from February 12-15 at 1pm and 8:30pm.
An International football player who represented India in football from 1965-69, Quraishi forayed into theatre under the tutelage of Shiela Bhatia in 1968. He trained at the NSD under E Alkazi in 1971. Quraishi has acted in more than 50 plays under directors like Alkazi, Bhatia, BV Karanth, Amal Allana, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Ranjit Kapoor. He has written six full-length plays, including Bada Afsar, Teesra Rukh and Confessions of Ghalib, besides directing more than 10 plays in Hindi and Urdu.