Ek – Thi Gulab – A Film on Padma Shri Gulab Bai of Nautanki Tradition
Director: Krishna Raghav
Duration: 1 hr, 12 min
The journey of legendry artist Gulab Bai (d. 1996), who was perhaps the first female actress to join the male-dominated Nauṭaṅkī show. A self-trained artist, from a humble farmer family of Balpora, was an adept actress, gifted with a sweet voice, with myriad modulations and, fluxions. Gulab will be remembered for her untiring efforts for rejuvenating the waning eclectic tradition of folk theatre, with fresh ideas, themes, innovative stylistic improvisations and linguistic nuances. She was honoured with Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, among other awards in recognition of her significant contribution.