Saeed Naqvi is an Indian journalist, widely known for his TV interviews with Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Yitzak Rabin, Mahathir Mohamad, Mikhail Gorbachev and others. His passion for Indian culture and civilization lurks in the columns he writes. He is the author of Reflections of an Indian Muslim, The Last Brahmin Prime Minister and Being the Other: The Muslim in India.
About the play: The great poet Ghalib, part of a long tradition of eclectic liberalism, found Benaras so compelling that he wrote his longest poem on the holy city. If we take Ghalib and his myriads of followers out of the equation, will Hindustan be left with a gaping hole or become something quite new? The Muslim Vanishes, a play by Saeed Naqvi, attempts to answer that question. In this razor-sharp, gentle and funny play, Saeed Naqvi draws on a mix of influences-from grandma’s bedtime stories to Aesop’s fables and Mullah Nasruddin’s satirical tales-to spring an inspired surprise on us, taking us on a journey into the realms of both history and fantasy.