Urdu play ‘Birjees Qadar ka Kunba’ to be staged

July 28, 2015

Nyooz — After making a hit performance at the 25th Iftekhar Theatre Fest, Trikarshi group is back with its Urdu play ‘Birjees Qadar ka Kunba.’ Directed by a noted theatre director of the city KG Trivedi, the play would be staged for two days at Antarang Hall, Bharat Bhavan. The first show of the two day theatre fest would be held here on Tuesday and second would be held on Wednesday. Birjees Qadar Ka Kunba is a classic saga of repression, rebellion, love, rivalry between the siblings and also loyalty, intrigue, betrayal, the different faces of conceit as shown by the various characters at different times, the depravity and the divinity of lust, a struggle between the natural instincts of man and the boundaries imposed by society, the dominion and suppression of woman over woman, the likes of which have seldom been seen on stage yet. Featuring an all female cast, this play is much more than just a play about women. It is the depiction of human within, often being inhuman and sometimes act like an ۔۔۔

Javed, Shabana Present Life and Times of Kaifi

July 27, 2015

The New Indian Express — It was a story of poetry, politics, romance and grief. Noted lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar and veteran actress Shabana Azmi presented the life of revolutionary Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, through a theatrical collage, ‘Kaifi Aur Main’, at a jam-packed Rabindra Mandap in the Capital City on Sunday ۔۔۔

The Worth of Words

July 14, 2015

Deepa Gahlot — Nadira Zaheer Babbar declares that there has been no finer qawwali written in Hindi films than Sahir Ludhianvi’s Yeh ishq ishq hai in Barsaat Ki Raat (1960). It’s a very long piece (composed by Roshan), but as a sample there are the lines: Mazhab-e-ishq ki har rasm kadi hoti hai, Har qadam par koi deewaar khadi hoti hai Ishq aazad hai, Hindu Na Musalmaan hai ishq, Aap hii dharm hai aur aap hii imaan hai ishq Jis se aage nahin sheikh-o-Brahaman donon, Us haqeeqat ka garajtaa hua ailaan hai ۔۔۔

The Hindu Theatre Festival 2015

June 30, 2015

The Hindu — India’s biggest theatre festival is here in its 11th year running and we’re looking for some working hands and willing minds to join. If you’ve ever been fascinated by the magic of the stage or are itching to work in a spirited group, build a sense of theatre and management, or just want to do something different and, most importantly, have fun — trust us, this is the place to ۔۔۔

Changing for the theatre

June 28, 2015

Intsab Sahi — ‘Revival’ is a buzzword these days. It’s mostly thrown in at a mention of our local film industry. But theatre in Lahore, it seems, is also at a point where it is experiencing a sort of a ۔۔۔

Where lyrics have no lustre

June 18, 2015

Express Tribune — LAHORE: The lyrical value of a song has the potential to work miracles for how it resonates with the listeners. In many instances, films on both sides of the border have gained recognition due to their soundtrack more than storyline. Such has been the impact of relatable lyrics paired with well-orchestrated music. Lollywood classics Akele Na Jaana and Koko Koreena, for instance, became magnum opus, popularising the film Armaan (1996). But over the time, lyrics and lyricists has been placed on the back burner in the local film industry. Renowned lyricist Altaf Bajwa, who has been part of the industry for almost two decades, laments that despite the revival of film, lyricists remain both underpaid and ۔۔۔

A Hindi translation Maxim Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”

June 18, 2015

Diwan Singh Bajeli — One of the greatest writers, Maxim Gorky, inspired the working class and creative workers to struggle for the emancipation of the oppressed from exploitation through his immortal novels, short stories and plays. Among his dramatic works seen on the Delhi stage in recent memory are “The Lower Depths” and “Enemies”. “Enemies”, presented by National School of Drama Repertory Company under the direction of Habib Tanvir was aHindi adaptation, with Safdar Hashmi as Dushman. This play was a memorable theatrical event of its time, staged nearly three decades ago. What enriched the revolutionary content of the play was five lyrics set to music by Habib. However, various versions of his “The Lower Depths” by different theatre practitioners, including two productions by M.K. Raina – one for Yatrik and another for National School of Drama— are witnessed off and on. After a long time Delhi theatre-goers had the opportunity to see a brilliant production of “The Lower Depths” by first-year students of National School of Drama presented at Bahumukh Theatre this past week under the direction of Aniruddha Khutwad. Retaining the title in English, the play was a Hindi translation but the name of the translator was not ۔۔۔