Sahitya Aaj Tak: No city for old poets
Ghalib in New Delhi, presented by Pierrot's Troupe, took the stage in the Dustak Durbar. This play is written, directed by, and also stars Dr M Sayeed Alam.
Centred around the great Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, miraculously reborn in present-day Delhi, over a century after his death, it will strike a chord with all Delhiites.
Ghalib, played brilliantly by Alam is an irritable old man bewildered by this very new and unfamiliar city.
On his hilarious encounters with Delhi locals, such as a police officer, a Bihari student studying for the IAS, and a Punjabi landlady, he learns how the nature, language and culture of Delhi, and India, have changed.
By the end of the play, even his classical Urdu dialect has been corrupted, as has his ideals of a simple life.
"I am neither of this world, nor of my own," he acknowledges wryly at the end.
Folk singer Malini Awasthi left the gathering spellbound with her performance.
She also talked about the promotion of Bhojpuri music and dance in foreign countries.