MUSIC OF PARSI / URDU THEATRE
In the initial period (up to 1866 AD) music was not considered as a part of drama but was
used to present at middle or end of drama in form of concert. Then after tradition of
singing song in main stream of story came in to existence.
In Parsi theatre music one important type was of COMIC SONGS which was a unique feature
significantly found in Parsi – Urdu & Gujarati theatre. Phirozshah Mistry, Sorabjee
Dhondi, Master Mohan etc. were famous comic artists of that time. Their records were
also cut in large numbers, which remained popular for a long time. Comic songs are also
found in Urdu theatre.
Apart from Classical based songs & comic songs there were also some English songs or
Western Music based songs. Many times such songs were comic songs.