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Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival-2017 To be inaugurated by Hon’ble Deputy CM of Telangana

MediaInfoline October 24, 2017

“If there’s a living museum of theatre in the country, it’s the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival”- Sai Paranjpye, Director

“When you think of late Qadir sahib, you think of passion and perfection. This Festival embodies his junoon and that very essence. I keep coming back to stage my plays and find that the Foundation’s audience swells everytime multi-folds”– Nadira Zaheer Babbar, Playwright-Director-Actress, ‘Meri Maa ke Haath’

“It’s indeed a proud moment to get my play ‘A Doll’s House’ at the prestigious Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival, because the Festival always looks for newness and contemporary appeal, even when presenting classics”- Ila Arun, Producer, ‘ A Doll’s House’

“We are really excited to be performing at this year’s Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival which is an ideal platform for the entire country’s theatre fraternity to present the best of their works. Incidentally, this will be my first performance in the South”  – Feisal Alkazi, Writer-Director, ‘Tea’

“For me, the city of Hyderabad and the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival is synonymous. I’m really looking forward to conducting my Master Class and being at the Festival once again where most of my plays and works have been performed” – Mahesh Dattani, Playwright (his Master Class is scheduled to be part of the Festival)

“This Festival is to Hyderabad what IFFI is to Goa, as the city comes abuzz with theatre fever for the fortnight” – Ira Dubey, Actress, ‘A Doll’s House’


Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival’s 12th edition shall feature works of world-renowned playwrights like Ibsen, Manto, Alkazi, Dattani and others. It hosts 150 artistes at various venues across the city for 10 days. The Festival that has placed Hyderabad on the global map of theatre excellence and is on the calendar of major international repertories besides audiences of the twin-cities, is today regarded as one of the four largest theatre festivals of the country and probably, the biggest privately-run theatre festival.

The theatre festival curated by Padmashri recipient Mohammad Ali Baig is a tribute to his father, Hindustani theatre legend, late Qadir Ali Baig sahib, whose iconic theatre movement from 1970 to 1984, with trendsetting historical theatre pageants and path-breaking social dramas made him one of the founding fathers of serious theatre in the country, especially in Hyderabad. As film maker, writer and philosopher Mahesh Bhatt said, “In an age when story telling has been reduced to video-gaming, it was very brave of Qadir Ali Baig to put all myths away and keep the tradition of theatre alive even today. It is far more exciting to discover the human truth and encounter a social problem through flesh and blood characters on stage.”

Plays by Nadira Zaheer Babbar, Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, Mushtaq Kak, Surabhi Theatre, Feisal Alkazi, Ila Arun, Manav Kaul and Mohammad Ali Baig and a concert by sitar maestro Anoushka Shankar with her 7-member orchestra from London, playing to the restored Indo-British-German film ‘Shiraz’ comprise this year’s line-up of meaningful, world-class plays. As the Festival Director Mohammad Ali Baig says, “It’s a responsibility because this Festival in the past 12 years has become a people’s and the city’s Festival. Not just the city’s audience, but performers and playwrights from all over the country schedule themselves to be here in Hyderabad around that time”.

Presented by Karvy, the Festival is co-sponsored by Shadan Group of Institutions.

In association with Golden Jubilee Hotels, British Council and British Film Institute, Department of Information and Public Relations, Department of Language and Culture, Government of Telangana, Telangana Tourism, G.L. Mandhani Trust, HICC, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Radisson Blu Plaza, Trident Hyderabad, Mahavir Motors, Kashish, Andhra Bank and SBI.


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