Jashn-e-Mazi - The Play of History – March 17 to April 2, 2017 is a ‘first-of-its-kind’ theatre festival as it celebrates both ‘History’ and ‘Histrionics’; showcasing life from Mahabharata to Mughals to Modern times.
Each play of the festival features noted stage artists from Mallika Sarabhai to Sudhir Pandey to Tom Alter, the latter being one of the most fair artists of India, playing a host of characters Karn, Upagupta, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Ghalib, Tagore, Gandhi Ji and Maulana Azad etc. No less does the festival celebrate four of India’s finest languages – Hindi, Hindustani, Urdu & English.
To be performed twice at 6 pm and 9 pm each day from March 17 to April 2, 2017 at Y B Chavan Centre, Mumbai, the long lasting Jashn-e Mazi includes:
Trisanga (March 17) – an amalgamation of Music, Drama and Poetry
Three Short Plays (March 18) - Karn Kunti Samvaad - written by Rabindranath Tagore about Karn and Kunti meeting on the night before the great battle of the Mahabharata:
Abhisaar - written by Rabindranath Tagore about the legend of Upagupta and the courtesan:
The Last Annals of Alamgir - written by Ranjit Hoskote on and about Aurangzeb at the end of his tumultuous life:
Safar-e-Shaayri – from Mir to Nida Fazli (March 19) – a musical recitation of Ghazals and Nazms of 34 great poets:
Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaira (March 20) - a poetic play, set in 1851 at the Lal Qila, bringing on one stage all the great poets of that era – Ghalib, Zafar, Zauq, Daag, Momin etc.:
Raja Nahar Singh (March 21) - set in 1857, the play deals with the trial of the legendary Jat leader, Raja Nahar Singh of Haryana:
Ghalib Ke Khat (March 22) is a unique look at the life of Ghalib, through the letters he wrote to his shaagirds, and through the eyes of his wife and his faithful maidservant:
Babur ki Aulaad (March 23) is based on the original play in English by Salman Khurshid, a unique visit to Bahadur Shah Zafar in his last days in Rangoon by a Bengali historian from today’s Delhi:
Ghalib (March 24) is the story of Ghalib’s life, as told by Ghalib himself:
K L Saigal (March 25) is a wonderful look into the life and times of Hindi cinema’s first superstar:
With Love (March 26)- a deep look at the life and art of the great writer, Tagore – through poetry, drama, dance, and music:
A Memoir of the Future (March 27) deals with the life and times of Wilfred Bion, world renown psychoanalyst:
Teesveen Shatabdi (March 28) - written by Badal Sarcar is a scathing look at the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
Dozakhnama (March 29) is based on the Manto and Ghalib talking to each other from their graves:
Maulana Azad (March 30) deals with the life, times and scholarship of Maulana Azad, through his own words:
Saahir - A Tribute (March 31) showcases the life and times of the legendary poet:
Mumbai Central (April 1) takes a look at Mumbai city, the Hindi film industry, and the last 42 years:
Yadi (April 2) is all about “Yadi Gandhiji nahin marte “ – a question for the ages – an emotional, timeless look at the lives and beliefs of Gandhiji and Godse.