About the play: Work is on in full swing at the Royal Peacock Garden to install a Wondrous Cage that will house forty talking hill mynas. Soon, the Cage and its lively, twittering occupants are entrusted to Kale Khan’s care. But he steals a myna for his little motherless daughter, who has long been asking him for one. What lies in store for Kale Khan ... and the beautiful historic city of Lucknow?
Taoos... premiered in May 2013 and has since been staged in Mumbai, Pune, Bhopal, Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur, including two shows at the NSD’s prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav.
Director’s note: Mix the mesmerism of Daastaangoyee, magic of "Idgaah", memories of Ghadar and monumental Lucknow. What you get is the tale called "Taaoos Chaman Ki Myna" by inimitable Nayyar Masood. It was a pleasure and pain at the same time to adapt this story into a play. Singing birds in a wondrous cage can easy be brought alive by ink on a page. But on stage? How do you bring forty birds, worlds biggest cage, marquee markets, monuments, Mahals etc on stage?... the questions were many and multiple. But at every confusing turn it was the story that showed me the right path to write, and my actors - with whom I used to improvise a part of novella and then go home and scribble. At this time some plot points and charactors started charting their own course. I did not stop them. And now the play, that is before you, is some what like Masood sahab's Myna - that has been stolen and taught to sing a new song. Any fan of the original tale may exclaim, "What the hell is all this singing? What on earth is the meaning of all this?" But I sincerely hope that Masood sahab will understand my "problem" and pardon me the way Nawab Wajid Ali Shah did. After all Lucknowites are like that.