This play unravels the journey of a writer who is moved by the poems of Mirza Ghalib and decides to write a play on his life. The lives of the writer and Ghalib run parallel sometimes. They intersect sometimes and can be seen affecting each other. Ghalib depicted in the play borders between historical Ghalib and the writer’s personality. This play shows a mixture of inspirations for writing the play, Ghalib’s life, his poems, his confusions in life, he defeats faced by Ghalib and the writer and in act most of the pilgrims on the spiritual path, the art forms emerging from his frustrations and those same art forms distracting him from the spiritual path, and the desolation faced because of all this. The writer and Ghalib seem distinct at times: co-travelers at times and almost seem united at times. However, Ghalib, a martyr, on the spiritual path accompanies the writer on this same, yet new journey.
This play helps us to see our own life thorough birds eye view. The poems of Ghalib never give us solutions on our problems. They just show us a mirror and compel us to accept ourselves the way we are. This play is the diary of the writer also my very close friend which makes this play even more important to me. as we deal with various relationships in our day to day life, in the same manner, our relationships arising with the poets, writers, painters has always excited me lot, sometimes even compeling me to think. In this particular play we have tried to establish my as well as the relation of my entire team with Ghalib. This play is a journey of our entire team in interpreting Ghalib , his poems and finally discovering ourselves.
Saket Kanetkar & Jaydeep Vaidya
Music Operation: Ketan Visal
Projections: Prashant Vaishampayan
Light Design & Operation: Kunal Sardeshpande
Set Design: Hrishikesh Nagaonkar & Pranav Joshi
Stage Management: Anush Chowthai
Production Manager: Soumitra Gapchup, Rahul Gaikwad