101 YEARS OF BEGUM QUDSIA ZAIDI

 

 

Begum Qudsia Zaidi was a writer, social worker, and theatre practitioner who played a seminal role in the development of theatre in India post-Independence. In 1957-58 she set up, with Habib Tanvir, the Hindustani Theatre that became the cradle for some of the greatest theatre artists in the country.
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She also translated more than 20 plays of World Theatre from Sanskrit plays of Kalidasa to the works of Bertolt Brecht, Henrik Isben and even Bernard Shaw. She also wrote a number of plays for children. All her works – be they transliterations or original works – despite the passing of half a century, have surprised theatre lovers with their continued freshness and brilliance.
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This bright light of Indian theatre, its first lady, died early at the age of 46 leaving the nation bereft of a bright luminary who in her short span of 12 years in theatre gave works that continue to light the way for Indian theatre lovers.

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This video was recorded during the Chaupal event to commemorate 101 years of Begum Qudsia Zaidi on December 27, 2015.
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Camera & Edits: Satyen K. Bordoloi
Produced by: Vivek Sundara

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