(A 70-minute monologue in Hindustani on the life and times of the late Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza)
Enacted by Vinay Varma
Directed by Prof. Bhaskar Shewalkar
The play is a biographical sketch of the famous Hindi and Urdu writer, the Late Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza. The script is compiled by Sutradhar from a 519-page Hindi journal called ABHINAV KADAM dedicated exclusively to the memory of Rahi on his 75th birthday, and various sources from the internet. Inputs from his son Nadeem Khan and his wife Mrs. Nayyar Jahan helped us recreate the personality of Masoom, as she fondly remembers him.
The monologue has had 40 shows all over India – at Ranga Shankara-Bangalore, Rishi Valley School, FTII – Pune, Prithvi – Mumbai, Chennai, Indore, Allahabad, Bharat Bhavan – Bhopal, and was privileged to be the first performance chosen from Hyderabad for the NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA’s BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV, 2010, apart from a number of shows in Hyderabad. It has won the second prize at the inaugural BHILWARA NATYA PURASKAR at New Delhi during November 2010. The performance received rave reviews both from the audiences and critics wherever it was performed. This play was performed at Nehru Centre & Watermans Arts Centre in London in September 2014.
This 70-minute poignant monologue shows how Rahi detested communal and vote-bank politics, and how he fought against the divisive forces in the country through his writings. He was a strong nationalist and a Muslim next who staunchly opposed pseudo-secularism. He was upfront against the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide. He was brutally honest regarding politics of hatred, and felt that the interest of communal elements among both Hindus and Muslims lies in keeping the two communities aloof from each other and to create distrust among them.
This well-researched performance is first of its kind on Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza in any medium, anywhere in the world.
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