‘MERA RANG DE BASANTI CHOLA’ by Ajoka – Lahore 14-15 Sept/11

AJOKA THEATRE
in collaboration with
Lahore Arts Council
presents
‘MERA RANG DE BASANTI CHOLA’
Based on the struggle of the great freedom fighter Bhagat Singh
On 14th & 15th September 2011
At 7:30pm
VENUE: Hall #2
Alhamra the Mall
Lahore

Written by
Shahid Nadeem
Directed by
Madeeha Gauhar

For further Information & passes
Ajoka: 042-36682443, 36686634 , 36677047
Alhamra: 99200917-8

MERA RANG DE BASANTI CHOLA
Mera rang de basanti chola is a much deserved and long over-due tribute to one of the most influential revolutionary leaders of the independence movement and the one of the most charismatic sons of the Punjab, But the story does not end with the execution of Bhagat Singh and his comrades on 23 March 1931. The story of this fearless 23-year old revolutionary freedom fighter gets intertwined with some other stories of struggle between defenders of freedom and justice and the forces of darkness and oppression. As the play reveals links with the past and the future, the spirit of Bhagat Singh lives on. His last words were Inqilaab Zindabad. These words still resound in the air of Lahore, we can feel his presence and seek inspiration from the way he lived and died.

See following links for press reviews on this play
http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/29/theatrics-in-death-is-life.html
http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta2/tft/article.php?issue=20110624&page=22
http://tribune.com.pk/story/167327/revisiting-bhagat-singh/
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Special Performance: Ajoka’s play on Honour Killings – Lahore July 26/11

AJOKA THEATRE
in collaboration with
SOUTH ASIAN PARTNERSHIP (SAP)
Cordially invites you to
A special performance of
Maikoon Kari Kareenday ni mae
They are honour-killing me O Mother

Written by Shahid Nadeem
Directed by Madeeha Gauhar
July 26th 2011
11.a.m
Ali Institute Auditorium
Ferozpur Road, Lahore

No Invitation passes required
Free Event

Fiction not as grotesque as fact
“Maikoon Kari Kareenday ni mae” (They are honour-killing me O Mother!) is a fictional account of the proceedings of a Panchayat of men sitting on judgment on their own women, who are accused of violating the tribal code of honour. But the fact is that reality in our society is much stranger and shocking than fiction, as we have learnt from the cases such as the murder of Saima Sarwar and the Mukhtaran Mai gang rape. The recent Supreme Court judgment on MUKHTARAN MAI case has made decision a laughing stock of the world.

“Maikoon Kari Kareenday ni mae” is part of Ajoka’s campaign to create awareness about the savage custom of “honour” killing and mobilise public opinion for its eradication. The play has been performed in big cities as well as in the areas badly affected by “Karo Kari” killings. Ajoka is already involved in theatre workshops and video screenings to enable community activists to mobilize support for the campaign against honour killings through theatre and the performing arts.

In its 27 year of uninterrupted and undeterned struggle to bring about social change through theatre, Ajoka reaffirms its determination to keep the flag of socially meaning theatre flying and be a part of the democratic movement for a secular, just and egalitarian society.

The theme song of the play is translation of a poem by Sindhi poet Seeikh Ayaz.

If any organization is interested in having this play performed in their communities do contact us at: ajokatheatre@gmail.com
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