Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is unparalleled in its commitment to the Urdu language and Deccani culture. It is befitting that its silver jubilee is being marked with a play by Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation, which is as committed to reviving the theatre art form in the Deccan.
Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s globally feted play ‘Savana-e-Hayat’ is a biography of Queen Hayat Bakshi Begum, who ruled the 17th-century kingdom of Golconda. She was the daughter of Hyderabad’s founder King Quli Qutb Shah.
She was married to his successor, King Muhammad Qutb Shah, and was regent and then queen mother to King Abdullah Qutb Shah. Her powerful vision and stratagems helped thwart the Mughal invasion of the Deccan, besides being a ruler who contributed to the well-being of her subjects and the architecture of the city.
The play that was invited to Turkey and the USA is written by Noor Baig and Mohammad Ali Baig, and translated into Urdu by the late Kadir Zaman. It is directed by Padma Shri recipient Mohammad Ali Baig who also brings to life the three important men in the queen’s life, playing the three roles of successive rulers of the Deccan.
The grand 1500-seater amphitheater at the university campus shall be the venue for Baig’s acclaimed play on October 3. Veteran actor Rashmi Seth plays the titular role, supported by Noor Baig, Vijay Prasad, SA Majeed, and Sara Hussain.
The play brings the story of an unsung hero to light and takes the audience into a chapter of history that altered the fate of the Deccan.
Prof Salma Ahmed Farooqui, (Director, H. K. Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies, MANUU, Hyderabad) says, “The Maulana Azad National Urdu University is celebrating its silver jubilee this year.
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