TLISM – 30 years of Tehrik.

I personally have been a fan of Sheema Kermani and Tehrik-e-Niswan’s work. Celebrating their 30 years, a festival with the name TLISM has been launched. Please see the poster by clicking the thumbnail image.

Information about the plays:

• March 7: – ANJI: (With the original cast of 1985 – Sheema Kermani, Khalid Ahmad, Imran Aslam, Anjum Ayaz, Akber Subhani, Zakia Sarwar, Ehteshamuddin), a witty and hilarious modern “Nautanki” with live musicians, about the comic and tragic aspects of Anji’s search for a husband. This acclaimed production has had many successful repeat performances not only in Karachi but also in Lahore and Islamabad. It has been one of the most popular plays of Tehrik.

• March 8: – RAQS KARO: To celebrate International Women’s Day, a multi-media musical extravaganza, incorporating dance, music, poetry and video projections, based on the poetry and writings of Fahmida Riaz, depicting the changing position of woman in society over the ages- vocals by Gulshanara Syed and Tina Sani, performed by Sheema Kermani and her dance troupe.

• March 10 & 11: – BIRJEES QADAR KA KUNBA: Originally performed in 1988 as CHADAR AUR CHARDIWARI) – Adapted from Garcia Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, this is an uncanny but faithful portrayal of the lives of a vast majority of unmarried girls living under the yoke of brutally repressive feudal male values in a world dominated by twisted notions of honour, tradition and social oppression. The all women cast includes Shehnaz Ismail, Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala, Shama Askari, Shireen Naqvi and others.

March 12: – JINNAY LAHORE NAHIN VEKHYA: (Performed originally in 1992). Based on a true incident of 1947 set in Lahore, about a family that migrates from Lucknow and an old Hindu woman left behind in an abandoned Haveli. With the poetry of Nasir Kazmi sung live. The cast includes Salim Meraj, Mahvash Faruqi, Saife Hasan, Adnan Tipu Shah, Asma Mundrawala, Hafeez Ali and others. The play was remounted in August 2007 and has had many successful performances in India.

March 13: – ISMAT KI DOU KAHANIYAN: Based on two famous short stories of Ismat Chughtai, KAAFIR and AMAR BEL, one about a Muslim girl marrying a Hindu boy and the other about the marriage of a young woman to a much older man. Cast – Asma Mundrawala, Mahvash Faruqi, Salim Meraj, Saife Hasan, Sheema Kermani.

• March 14 & 15: -USS BEWAFA KAY SHEHR MAIN: (First performed in 1999). An adaptation in Minglish, of Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Constant Wife’, this witty and hilarious comedy brings to life the story of a seemingly docile housewife who decides to pay back her philandering husband…in kind! The cast includes Dr Mervyn Hosain, Arjumand Rahim, Shehnaz Ismail, Aamir Masood, Sheema Kermani and others.

• March 27 to 29: – EK HAZAR AUR EK THI RATEIN: (With the original cast of 1998) A musical play taken from the stories of “A Thousand and One Nights” that brings to the surface the problems related to the position of women. This play has toured all over Pakistan and India and participated at many festivals.

Be there to support, be there to enjoy.

3 Comments so far

  1. kaami on March 4th, 2009 @ 6:58 am

    Thanks @Raheel for covering this and other cultural events including the Arts Council one.

    Sheema is one of the few exponents of classical arts still working in Pakistan, despite the suffocating bigotry and superficial hula hula enveloping the nation. She and her husband ( I guess her Ex now) started this under very trying circumstances. At that time her husband who was a professor in the NED University was threatened and even man handled by a particular student group(you know who). But Sheema persisted and, along with her art showed a lot of courage and determination. She touched upon very controversial subjects and endured the consequences and has prevailed.

    BTW I love the title as well as the poster, very creative.

  2. fasee on March 4th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    Sheema ko milwao na kabhi hamray malvi fazlulah say.

    i hope he would convince her to drop this shaitani goragh dhanda and turn to child bearing and rearing and be confined to her house making chaptis and be the punching bag for her husband whenevr he finds it fit.

    i heard maulvi fazlulah’s charming personality and charisma has this instant effect on the listner that they never argue with him, and agree instantly…

    kaisa kaisa taelnt chupa hai hamray mulak main

  3. بستنی (wasiq) on March 5th, 2009 @ 7:04 am

    @Raheel sab….thankyou sir.

    Namastee sheema jee

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