The acclaimed Urdu play Mian, Biwi aur Wagah, based on the lost tradition of letter-writing, is going places. In what is clearly a boost for the local theatre scene, the play, written and produced by Dubai based South Asian performing artists and media professionals working under the Goonj banner, will be staged in Delhi at The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC) later this month.
The plot of the play – seeking to revive the romance of letters in a digital era - is as interesting as it is poignant. Mian and Biwi (literally translated as husband and wife) is a South Asian couple while Wagah – the border area between India and Pakistan – takes a human form to become the narrator and the central viewpoint in the play. Just like a sutradhaar (thread-holder), Wagah symbolically dovetails through the cascade of letters. All letters staged are originally written and inspired by true stories and experiences that remain rooted in history and are yet contemporary in nature.
Mian Biwi Aur Wagah has already had five shows at The Junction, appealing to both Urdu language enthusiasts and theatre lovers. And now, the universal theme has taken it beyond the shores of Dubai to the prestigious IHC in Delhi. The play has been directed by Dhruti Shah, a Dubai-based theatre artiste, writer and playwright who has created several experimental plays. The co-writer is journalist Ehtesham Shahid, co-writer of the play who also plays Mian and co-directed by Sheherzad Kaleem, an award winning producer and director.
INFO: The play will be staged at The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi, on 27 January (7pm) and 28 January (4pm and 7.30pm).