Remembering Habib Tanvir
Habib Tanvir died today.
I haven't met the man. I saw him once, when I was in IISc, 2002 I think, when he had come there to stage his adaptation of Asghar Wajahat's 'Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya O Janmya Hi Nahi'. I can still remember the play vividly, scene by scene, 7 years later.
Here's a snippet from the play I got from YouTube:-
He was trained abroad, but he found this revolutionary method by employing his native Chhattisgarhi 'nautanki' to show some of India's finest plays, including an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. And it was this method that made his plays so memorable - there was dance, music, tamasha, humour and a lot more.
The only other genius who could have matched him was Safdar Hashmi, had he not been murdered so early in his life.
Peace be upon you, Habib Tanvir.