The historic Salar Jung Museum formed the ideal venue for the felicitation of theater revivalist Mohammad Ali Baig on his recent global acclaim and theater revival. The city’s theater veterans – Mala Pasha of Torn Curtains, Prof. Bhaskar Shewalkar of Rangadhara and Surabhi theatre’s Nageshwara Rao spoke about Baig’s iconic theater revival movement and his immense contribution to the city’s theater.
Shewalkar rightly pointed out that, “What Baig has done for Hyderabad’s theater could not be achieved by anyone else, taking Hyderabad’s theater globally. His acting is a benchmark in control of performances”.
Mala Pasha commented that “Baig’s revival movement is an inspiration to young theater people”. HCU’s Prof. Alok Pandey said that “The only other person I can think of in the country is Prithvi Raj Kapoor who raised theater to such heights in such grand style”.
“He can be compared with Hyderabad’s Kohinoor”, said Andrew McAllister, British High Commissioner who honoured Baig.
The felicitation was followed by high tea, where the likes of Begum Razia Baig, Mariam Azmi, Asad Pasha, playwright-actress Noor, Khaleeq Rahman, Nawab Ehteram Ali Khan (grandson of Salar Jung), Artist Aziz and theatre artistes of various groups were seen.