Unveiling the anecdotes of Hyderabad
As there are a host of art workshops that are being held for children in the city, only a few of them are helping children to express themselves better.
Vaishali Bisht, a city based theater activist and film-maker is doing her part by organising theater workshops and directing plays for children.
She recently directed a 10 miniute play, Zinda Talisman, which tells the story of a young girl, Chutki (played by Manvi Teki) who goes to Charminar with her mother. As her mother suddenly dissappears into the busy streets of the market, Chutki looks for her everywhere and in the process gets mersmerized by an object which has some special powers and takes her to a new place. To get back to reality, Chutki must answer one question “Batao! Kya Seekha?”
One thing that you cannot miss in the play is a silver box that cuts through time and space. Throughout her journey, Chutki is led by the guiding voice of Dabir, who loves telling stories and hopes that Chutki will learn something from them.
The play was staged by Hyderabad Children’s Theater Festival at Lamakaan recently. It depicts the Hyderabadi anecdotal stories like Nawab Afzal-Ud-Daula and his fascination for ‘Ghee Ke Laddoos’.
“We will be doing a 40 minute version of this play. We wanted to see how people respond to this new concept of presentation first, so we made a ten-minute story ,” said Vaishali.
The play was written by Faraz Khan, who also plays a small yet a very important role. When asked about Faraz’s role in the play apart from penning down the script he said, “I play a very small role. We wanted to do a film for children and at the same time a stage film combined piece which can be projected on local monument.” The film speaks about the Hyderabadi culture and heritage, he added.
The play was funded by Telangana Tourism Department as part of the week-long Telangana Formation celebrations