Madeeha Gauhar Theatre Festival – Daily Notable
By our correspondent
According to the sources of Daily Notable, Ajoka’s Madeeha Gauhar Theatre Festival opens on Thursday 26 May with “ Mera Rang Day Basanti Chola”, a play on freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Before the performance, a documentary by Nirvaan Nadeem titled “Becoming Bhagat Singh” will be screened.
A 5-member delegation of theatre personalities from Indian Punjab will attend.
The festival focussed on the theme of history to commemorate Pakistan’s 75th independence anniversary and is being held with the collaboration of Lahore Arts Council and Punjab Council of Arts. FM 103 is the radio partner of the event.
All performances will be held at 7 pm in Alhamra Hall 2.
Tribute to a Peace Icon
Eminent scholars from India and Pakistan will pay tribute to Ajoka founder theatre director Madeeha Gauhar at a memorial session on Friday at 5 pm in Alhamra Hall 3. The speakers will include internationally renowned Indian theatre director Neelam Mansingh.
She is founder of Chandigarh-based theatre group The Company and a professor Emeritus at the Punjab University. Her plays including Kitchen Katha and Nagamandala have been performed at Ajoka’s Panjpaani festivals in Lahore. Amritsar-based theatre director and founder of Manch Rangmanch will also share memories of his collaboration with Madeeha for the promotion of peace through theatre.
Kewal also heads Virsa Vihar cultural centre and was awarded Sangeet Natak Award by the Govt of India. He has presented his plays in Lahore and directed Ajoka plays including “Loona”and “Kabira”. Noted performing artist and poet Arvinder Chamak Will also speak on the occasion.
Pakistani speakers will include Kamran Lashari, Sirajuddin, Sajida Vandal, Asghar Nadeem Syed and Nasira Javed Iqbal. A documentary on Madeeha Gauhar will also be screened. The tribute session will be followed by Ajoka’s partition play “ Anhi Mai Da Sufna” in Alhamra Hall 2. – PUNA