Zambeel Dramatic Readings presents Shatranj ki Baazi

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a dramatic rendition of Munshi Premchand’s short story, “Shatranj ki Baazi”, with music direction by Yousuf Kerai.

Zambeel Dramatic Readings presents Shatranj ki Baazi

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.


  • Syed Meesam Naqvi
  • Nazr-ul-Hasan
  • Asma Mundrawala
  • Mahvash Faruqi

Music and Sound

  • Music Direction: Yousuf Kerai
  • Tabla: Ustaad Khurshid Hussain
  • Sarangi: Gul Mohammad Hussain
  • Sound Cues: Seher Naveed

Poster Design

  • Naheed Yahya and Asma Mundrawala

Sound Design and Direction

  • Asma Mundrawala

Date: Saturday, 11th January, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi

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