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Afshan S. Khan
November 25, 2017

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Plays reflect social insensitivities and terrorism at PNCA festival

Plays reflect social insensitivities and terrorism at PNCA festival

Islamabad: The devoted artistes of Lahore-based Azad Theatre Group spellbound the audience with their performance on the poetry of Madhu Lal Shah Hussain Thursday night in connection with the 12th National Theatre Festival.
The largest ever festival is being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the Pakistan Independence. The play ‘Hussain – the weaver’ reflected the ironic social and religious differences based on the discriminatory practices by the influential.
Written by Shabir Ji and directed by Malik Aslam, the play was a production enriched with all best ingredients of a theatre, the script, content delivery, performance and the production including sound effects and especially designed lights. The Sufi singer and actor Sarfaraz Ansari played the role of Shah Hussain in a very realistic manner enliven the great messenger of social harmony and peace. He also composed the music of the play that turned to be the backbone of the story.
The folk singer Faiz Ali Chishti mesmerised the audience with all his singing potential. The other cast included Zohaib Haider (Dullah Bhatti), Naina Baloch (Ladhi), Waseem Ali (Akbar Badshah), Nadeem Abbas (Bahlool Dayai), and Aliya Abbasi as raavi , the narrator of the story.
The versatile Nadeem Abbas designed the costumes, choreographed the dances and also performed a dance as well. Social insensitivities highlighted in the two plays ‘akhiyan waleo’ and ‘mein, tum aur hum’, staged at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Wednesday night. Written and directed by Walliam Pervaiz, ‘akhiyan waleo’ reflected the miseries of the general public being caused by the insensitivity of the so-called political and religious leadership towards solving the common and pity problems.

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