Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2014

9th Edition of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival in Hyderabad:

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival an event that spreads joy in the heart of every patron of arts and theater as the best of theater talent comes alive on stage with the best actors from across the theater circuit.

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival is an annual event organized by the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation and is counted among the most prestigious theatre events in Hyderabad. In other words, this is one of the most eagerly-awaited engagements of theatre lovers in the city.

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival - 2014

Designed and curated by Mohammad Ali Baig, the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2014 would bring together the biggest assembly of artistes from across the country and overseas to perform over a fortnight in as many as six different languages across the city in different venues.

The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2014 would be based on the Theme : ‘Biographies’ and there would be numerous world-class performances lined up for the week long theater festival from November 7 to November 16, 2014. Just as in the past, the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2014 would have  the regular ‘Workshops’ and ‘Book Release’ sections apart from the spectacular plays that would be performed.

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival - 2014

Some of the plays to look out for this year would be the real-life stories of actors (by Mohan Agashe) to rulers (by Padmashri awardee Mohammad Ali Baig), victims of abuse (by Usha Ganguli, Mita Vasisht, Dolly Ahluwalia) to the imaginary (by Vani Ganapathy), to the comic (by Rakkesh Bedi) and the reflective (by Lillette Dubey).

Play Schedule:

Date & Day Production Venue
Friday, 7thNov,7:30 pm Lillette Dubey’s (Mumbai)

‘Boiled Beans on Toast’

Directed by Lillette Dubey

Featuring Joy Sengupta and others.

Girish Karnad’s latest play about modern city life in its many shadow-shapes – funny, tender, moving, relentless in its pursuit of success, buffeted by ceaseless emotional flux.Shilpa Kala VedikaSaturday, 8thNov,7:30 pmQadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s (Hyderabad)


Directed by Padmashri awardee Mohammad Ali Baig.

Featuring Rashmi Seth, Padmashri Mohammad Ali Baig, Noor Baig and others.

A biographical spectacle based on the life of the Queen of the Golconda who has a unique place in world history. The acclaimed play received standing ovations in Canada and USA this September.Ravindra Bharathi Sunday, 9thNov,11 am-1 pm6 pm




7:30 pm


Workshop on‘Techniques of Circus Theatre’ by La Compagnie 3 Fois Rien from FranceMurray Molloy’s (Spain)‘The Kid’s Got Charisma!’Directed by and Featuring Murray Molloy. Theatre, acrobatics, sword-eating, improvisations; all in a single performance by the ‘world’s only sword-eating’ performer.

 La Compagnie 3 Fois Rien’s (France)

‘2 Parallels’

 Circus theatre in pure contemporary European theatre mode; entertaining and spectacular.Ravindra Bharathi


Ravindra Bharathi







Ravindra Bharathi


Monday, 10thNov,7:30 pm Rallapali’s (Hyderabad)

‘Sundari Sundarudu’

Directed by Rallapali

 Featuring Vizag Prasad, Rallapali and others.

 A comedy of errors; a hilarious love tale in Telugu set in Srikakulam. Ravindra Bharathi Tuesday,11th  Nov7:30 pm Vani Ganapathy’s (Bengaluru)


Choreographed and Directed by Vani Ganapathy.


Featuring Vani Ganapathy & Sathya Raju.


A dance-theatre spectacle through the perspective of ‘doors’, from the mighty fortress to the divine temple to the ordinary house.

 Ravindra Bharathi

Wednesday,12thNov,7:30 pm IPTA’s (Mumbai)

‘Simla Coffee House’

Directed by Rakkesh Bedi.

Featuring Rakkesh Bedi, S.M. Zaheer, Avtar Gill, and Nivedita Baunthiyal.

A hilarious encounter between a writer and his fan set in a coffee shop, a la IPTA.

Ravindra Bharathi Thursday, 13thNov,6.00 pm7:30 pm


Mohan Agashe’s (Pune)

‘The One & Only Nana’

Directed by and Featuring Mohan Agashe.

Indian classic ‘Ghasiram Kotwal’s’ character Nana takes a trip into the present with meaningful and humorous anecdotes.

 Sakshi’s (New Delhi)

‘Jug Jug Jiyo’

Directed by Smita Bharti.

Featuring Dolly Ahluwalia, Mita Vasisht, and others.

Based on real stories of women of Haryana and Chandigarh, who have endured sex selective elimination and infanticide.

Salar Jung Museum






Salar Jung Museum



Friday,14thNov,7:30 pm Rangkarmee’s (Kolkata)


Directed by and Featuring Usha Ganguli.

A day in the life of a factory worker named Maya, symbolic of every woman, humorous and insightful – based on the work of Franca Rame and Dario Fo.

Salar Jung Museum Saturday, 15thNov,6 pm7:30 pm Release of writer and theatre critic Kadir Zaman’s ‘Open Book’Rangkarmee’s (Kolkata)‘Hum Mukhtara’Directed by Usha GanguliFeaturing Usha Ganguli and others.The true story of a rape victim in pre-Partition India, told on stage with a cast of 30 actors/singers. Salar Jung Museum



Salar Jung Museum


Sunday,16thNov,11 am-1 pm7:30 pm Workshop on‘Rhythm and Body Language on Stage’ by Usha Ganguli Ank’s (Mumbai)‘Kaamiya’Directed by Ram Gopal BajajFeaturing Preeta Thakur, Aman Gupta and others.

Ibsen’s Nora leaves home to find the space that society usually denies to Indian women.

Alliance Francaise

Taj Deccan


Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival - 2014

The stupendous success of the Festival prompted its curator Padmashri awardee and theatre revivalist Mohammad Ali Baig to introduce a Fringe Section this year, titled ‘Bouquet’, with an emphasis on global Circus Theatre (France’s La Compagnie 3 Fois Rien and Spain’s Murray Molloy, plus Telugu theatre’s Rallapali feature in this new section of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival).

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival - 2014

Just as every other edition in the past, even the  Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival 2014 would take place in different venues including The Trident, Ravindra Bharathi, Salar Jung Museum,Taj Deccan and the Shilpa Kala Vedika. So, all you theater patrons out there, go ahead and grab your passes now. For more information on the schedule on the day wise schedule and a sneak peek into the plays please visit

Preeti Sahu

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