ISBN 9788129105172,Begum Sumroo: A Play In Three Acts

Begum Sumroo: A Play In Three Acts


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9788129105172

ISBN-10 8129105179


Number of Pages 136 Pages
Language (English)


In late eighteenth century India, the Mughal Empire under Shah Alam was in the midst of its slow and painful decline. The country was swarming with European mercenaries, soldiers and adventurers who came to make their fortunes by participating in the numerous power-struggles occurring throughout the land. Begum Sumroo: A Play in Three Acts is the story of a Swiss-German soldier-of-fortune, Colonel Walter Reinhardt who commanded one of the best training brigades in the country and of an impoverished Indian dancing girl who took over the brigade to make it the most efficient force in India, never losing a battle, wooed by both the English and French, and leading a life more extraordinary than any man of her time. About the Author Pratap Sharma is a playwright, actor, novelist and author of books for children. His best known plays, A Touch of Brightness and Begum Sumroo, have been staged in various countries. His books have been published in India, England, the USA, France, Denmark, Holland and Canada. He won the National Film Award in 197 for his performance in Phir Bhi and his portrayal of Nehru, in the film, Nehru: Jewel of India received great critical acclaim. He reprised the role of Nehru for the international film Chou-en-Lai in Bandung. He has also directed a number of documentaries, including the historical series, The Raj: Through Indian Eyes for Channel Four Television, London. The Museum of the British Empire & Commonwealth in Bristol has a permanent section devoted to his film clips and interviews, known as The Pratap Sharma Archive on the British Raj. One of India's foremost commentators and narrators, his voice is well-known to cinema, television and radio audiences. He is the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.