‘Hyd on way to becoming country’s cultural capital’

Posted by Lakshmi Ramakrishna
December 3, 2013
Navin Mittal felicitating Mohammad Ali Baig at the valedictory of the concluding ceremony of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival

“Like Mumbai is the commercial capital of the country and New Delhi is considered the fashion capital, Hyderabad will soon become the cultural capital of India if the response to the recently concluded Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival is something to go by,” said Navin Mittal, IAS, Special Commissioner, GHMC. Speaking at the valedictory of the concluding ceremony of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival, the former collector  of the city said: “The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival’s efforts of theatre revival in the city in the past eight years and felt that the vibrancy their efforts has brought in is commendable and the various countries that participate in this prestigious extravaganza shall place the city on the global map of culture and theatre arts.”
The week-long ‘Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival’ that opened at the historic Salar Jung Museum concluded  with the  spectacular play on Hyderabadi love legend ‘Quli : Dilon Ka Shahzaada’ staged to a packed house at The Trident Hotel. Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s globally acclaimed play based on the love-legend of founder of Hyderabad Quli Qutub Shah and his beloved Bhagmati was a fitting finale to the prestigious theatre extravaganza. Mohammad Ali Baig stole the show, and many more hearts with a majestic performance as Quli. Groups from Kolkatta, Assam. Bhopal, Mumbai participated in this fest in the city. Stuart Campbell, Australian Consul General who came all the way from Chennai to watch the festival said “It was magical”. Assam’s Baharul Islam who teaches realistic acting in the National School of Drama, New Delhi felt, “ The environment this festival creates in Hyderbadad for 10 days is stimulating and that compels us to come back and perform here”.
During the festival, eminent directors from across the country like Lillette Dubey and IPTA from Mumbai, Sohaila Kapur from New Delhi, Seagull Repertory from Assam, Naya Theatre from Bhopal and Hyderabad’s theatre revivalist Mohammad Ali Baig staged their acclaimed plays, at different venues. Jean Manuel Duhaut, Director of Alliance Francaise said, “It’s this prestigious annual theatre event that we all wait for in Hyderabad”. GHMC’s Special Commissioner Navin Mittal at the closing valedictory paid rich tributes to late Qadir Ali Baig in whose tribute this annual festival is held and said that, “This event is placing Hyderabad on the global theatre map with real quality theatre. Very soon, Hyderabad shall be the culture capital of India like Mumbai is the commercial capital and Delhi is the fashion capital”. Workshops and theatre-book readings were also a part of this prestigious theatre event.

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