Taoos Chaman ki Mayna – NAPA International Theatre Festival 2014

Naiyer Masud’s endearing tale set in Lucknow in the mid nineteenth century.


This endearing tale by Naiyer Masud is based in Lucknow in the mid nineteenth century in the last years of Vajid Ali Shah’s reign. Initially written for children, this reworked version for adults brings to light Lucknow’s traditions and culture in a period that was undergoing rapid change. The story is narrated as a first-hand account by Kaalay Mian, a gardener employed in the royal garden (Taoos Chaman).

Sunday 23rd March 2014, 6 pmCanopy Hall NAPA

Performers:         Ehteshamuddin, Saife Hasan, Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala
Sound Cues:        Hajra Haider
Poster Design:    Naheed Z. Yahya
Direction and Sound Design:  Asma Mundrawala
Recorded crowd voices: Arsal Hasan, Ruhail Safdar, Mashhood Ali, Mojiz Hasan, (Indus Valley School)
Technical Support:         Aamir Khadim (Indus Valley School)
Vector image credits: Tracey Saxby IAN Image Library
Read about the author Naiyer Masud
Read Naiyer Masud’s son Timsal Masud’s response on our forthcoming reading.
Read the blog Welcome to Taoos Chaman!
Hear Asif Farrukhi speak on Naiyer Masud and listen to an excerpt from the reading of
Taoos Chaman ki Mayna
Zambeel Dramatic Readings is immensely grateful to:
Zaheer Alam Kidvai for providing the music for this production.
Sohail Zuberi and
Syed Hisham Masood (Dept. of Communication Design IVS) for facilitating the recordings in their studio.
Danish Faruqi for contributing to the recorded sounds for this production.
Sharad Apte for providing authentic Hill Mayna sounds.

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