Theatre professionals throughout the nation have been the worst hit, financially, on account of lockdown. The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Basis has taken theatre professionals in eight states, from artistes, stage craftsmen, and qawwali singers to carpenters, set employees, and fabricators, below its wing.
Taking the assistance of supply providers comparable to Amazon, the Basis’s drivers and administrative employees, the Basis has been in a position to ship throughout groceries, medicines and different necessities to distant areas comparable to Lingampally, Falaknuma, Tarnaka, Chintalmet and Ranga Reddy District in Hyderabad. The muse has additionally reached with provides to households in seven different states —Rajasthan, UP, Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Karnataka. The muse is making an attempt to achieve out in assist to their common stage employees in UK and France.
“We’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Basis,” says Mohammad Ali Baig. “Qadir Ali Baig sahab’s beginning anniversary falls on June 3. The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Pageant went worldwide final yr, it was held in London, Dubai and Singapore. Our new play, My Father His Exalted Highness (that includes Mohan Agashe, my spouse Noor and I), is concerning the lifetime of the final Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, seen by means of the eyes of his daughter, Shehzadi Pasha. The play premièred on the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Pageant in Hyderabad and was scheduled for its UK première in London this April. Reveals have been additionally scheduled in Russia and Turkey, all of which received postponed on account of COVID-19.”
Baig selected to honour the reminiscence of his father and theatre legend, Qadir Ali Baig by displaying gratitude to all theatre artistes, technicians and craftsmen. “We determined to re-channelise the sources of our abroad theatre competition and the worldwide première to achieve out to the needy.”
The actor and director stresses that this endeavour is to not be considered as dole or charity. “Theatre practitioners are self-respecting folks. That is simply our means of claiming ‘thanks’ to them for making our theatre attain audiences in 4 continents.”
Founder and Chairperson Begum Razia Baig of the Basis says, “It’s to be sure that households who’re a part of the fraternity worldwide are taken care of with utmost dignity throughout these making an attempt instances. It’s a means of guaranteeing a sustained livelihood as they assist us create magic on stage 365 days of the yr globally.”
Sending groceries to distant locations in Rajasthan, West Bengal, France and UK, the Qadir Ali Baig Basis has ensured important provides reached everybody. “We consider that theatre not solely transcends inventive boundaries but in addition socio-economic and political boundaries,” Baig concludes.
The endeavour has acquired reward from theatre artistes throughout the nation. Ok. Chary, theatre actor from Chennai, was shocked when one morning an enormous consignment of groceries from the Basis was delivered at his home by Amazon. “For the primary week, I used to be working round my space to purchase groceries for the household however all outlets have been shut and however because of this care bundle from Baig sir’s Basis, my household might survive these two months.”
Saber Ayaz, famend qawwal residing within the Outdated Metropolis in Hyderabad, walked all the way in which to the Basis. “My group’s incomes is on day-to-day foundation and takes care of my group and our household. I returned with sufficient necessities to final us for a month.”
Designer Almas, who lives in Tannery Highway, Bengaluru and her father, who’s in the identical career have been aided by the Basis throughout the lockdown. “We will’t thank them sufficient!”, says Almas.
Bhutte Khan, President of NGO Dharihar Lok Kala in Barmer district of Rajasthan stated, “We’re an organisation of 600 households of conventional Manganiyar singers and Kalbeliya dancers in Rajasthan for eight generations and are indebted to Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Basis for his or her assist to those households with ration kits. For a decade and a half, we carried out in varied theatre spectacles of the Baig Basis in performs comparable to Resham ki Dor. The Basis’s financial and necessities assist to us has been constant notably throughout the lockdown. Their assist is invaluable.”