Shatranj ki Baazi

From the short story by Munshi Premchand

with original music directed by Yousuf Kerai
featuring Ustaad Khurshid Hussain (tabla) and Gul Mohammad Hussain (saarangi)


Originally written in Hindi as “Shatranj ke Khilari” by Munshi Premchand and published in 1924, Shatranj ki Baazi was re titled and translated into Urdu by the author and published sometime before 1928. Set in Lucknow in the last days of Nawab Vajid Ali Shah, the story centres around the jaagirdaars (landowners) Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Roshan Ali, and their obsession with chess in the face of the rapidly deteriorating political, social and cultural conditions of Awadh.
Performers:          Syed Meesam Naqvi, Nazr-ul-Hasan, Asma Mundrawala, Mahvash Faruqi
Music Direction: Yousuf Kerai
Featuring Ustaad Khurshid Hussain (Tabla) and Gul Mohammad Hussain (Saarangi)
Sound cues:          Seher Naveed
Poster design:     Naheed Yahya & Asma Mundrawala
Sound design and Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Performance date: Saturday 11th January 2014, T2F Karachi