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Memoirs As the man who brought the popular and the demotic into modern Indian theatre, Habib Tanvir is one of Asia s most important and gifted theatre directors In this memoir, touching on both the private and the public aspects of his life with startling candour, he takes us on a journey from his childhood in Raipur to the Bombay film world of the s and thence to the Indian Theatre People s Association, offering an invaluable window into twentieth century IndiaWhether he is describing his family members, friends or actors, Habib Tanvir is superbly observant and sharply insightful, capturing both the quotidian and the quirky in his distinct style and delightful voice Written with great warmth and humour, these memoirs provide a memorable portrait of an extraordinary man

  • Kindle Edition
  • 401 pages
  • Memoirs
  • Habib Tanvir
  • 14 September 2018

About the Author: Habib Tanvir

Habib Tanvir was one of the most popular Urdu, Hindi playwrights, a theatre director, poet and actor He is the writer of plays such as Agra Bazar 1954 and Charandas Chor 1975 A pioneer in Urdu, Hindi theatre, he is most known for his work with Chhattisgarhi tribals, at the Naya Theatre, a theatre company he founded in 1959 in Bhopal, and went on to include indigenous performance forms such as nacha, to create not only a new theatrical language, but also milestones such as Charandas Chor, Gaon ka Naam Sasural, Mor Naam Damad and Kamdeo ka Apna Basant Ritu ka Sapna.For him true theatre of the people existed in the villages, which he strived to bring to the urban educated , employing both folk performers as actors alongside urban actors He died on 8th of June 2009 at Bhopal after a three week long illness Upon his death, he was the last of pioneering actor managers in Indian theatre, which included Sisir Bhaduri, Utpal Dutt and Prithviraj Kapoor, and often he managed plays with mammoth cast, such as Charandas Chor which included an orchestra of 72 people on stage and Agra Bazaar had 52 people.During his lifetime he won several national and international awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969, Padma Shri in 1983, Kalidas Samman 1990, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1996, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002 apart from that he had also been nominated to become a member of the Upper House of Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha 1972 1978 His play Charandas Chor Charandas, The Thiefgot him the Fringe Firsts Award at Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1982 9 , and in 2007, it was credited for an innovative dramaturgy equally impelled by Brecht and folk idioms, Habib Tanvir seduces across language barriers in this his all time biggest hit about a Robin Hood style thief as it was included in the Hindustan Times list of India s 60 Best works since Independence.

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