‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021

Visiting Indian theatre group Pierrot’s Troupe stages India’s longest-running  comedic play at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair

03:27 PM | 7 Nov, 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021
‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ wows packed audience at SIBF 2021

SHARJAH - What happens when one of India’s most celebrated poets time travels and jumps straight out of the 18th century to land in the present-day world? Pandemonium and laughter ensue, of course! 

This is what a packed audience of theatre-goers discovered at the staging of one of India’s most popular comedic plays, ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’, at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). 

“Our biggest challenge was to evoke the right emotions and spirit of the audience while keeping the humour alive and roaring,” said Dr M. Sayeed Alam, the director and playwright who also plays the role of the protagonist, Mirza Ghalib, the famous court poet of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

“It was a relief, in the end, to be able to pull it off with ease on such a huge platform [SIBF] before a diverse and discerning crowd,” added Dr Alam, who has in the past led the Pierrot’s Troupe to stage his play across the UK and USA. “Performing on SIBF’s globally-acclaimed cultural stage is both a great honour and privilege,” added Alam a successful close of the production, which is said to be India’s longest-running comedic play that has been staged over 500 times since 1997.

‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ chronicles the travails of Mirza Ghalib as he revisits his beloved city with high hopes of savouring his posthumous poetic legacy, only to find it damaged and misinterpreted by Indian subcontinent's top mainstream celebrities – from Bollywood’s Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal to retired cricketers like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Virender Sehwag from both India and Pakistan. 

The plot revolves around Ghalib striving against an ever-present identity crisis, beginning with the loss of his haveli (ancestral bungalow) to new occupants, to people mistaking the revered poet for a djinn. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Ghalib decides to ‘sell’ or market himself in one last-ditched attempt at restoring his lost glory. He appoints an agency for the job with the clarity that what it gives him shouldn’t be cheap publicity. This leads to some stark, thought-provoking observations on present-day mores and ethics.

More such thought-provoking and masterfully presented stage shows, plays and concerts will be taking the SIBF 2021 stage until November 13 in Expo Centre Sharjah. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 25 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 25, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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