Posts Tagged ‘sheema kermani’

Play for WGW at AKU

mgmj3-1Yesterday Tehrik-e-Niswan and Sheema Kermani brought a play ‘Mera Ghar Meri Jannat’ for ‘Working Group for Women’ at Aga Khan University. The play was organized for employees and students at AKU and was also open for NGOs and general public.

mgmj6-1A one- woman play about a harassed & overworked housewife, kept behind locked doors. The play is adaptation of “A Woman Alone” by Dario Fo & Franca Rame. Considering a one actor cast, Sheema Kermani displayed a very powerful performance, also gave audience a room for imagination & thought. The best part was the feedback was not only a standing ovation but also the emotions coming from the audience during the act.

mgmj8-1When she was asked about how to solve the problems of violence & harassment that women face, she said that plays only bring out problems & then Sheema encouraged audience to suggest solutions. By initiating this dialogue, the whole process become more thought-provoking.

mgmj9-1It was also remarked by a member of audience that the hall only had a number of men and such plays should be presented in front of men too because they are the ones in the majority who do violence and harassment. Moreover to break this chain of hatred and dependence, women need to get such education which can used professionally and making them financially independent. It was also suggested that it is the responsibility of mothers to inculcate their offspring with the respect a women deserves but in my opinion, it is only effective enough when the whole family is a role-model.

A kudos to both AKU and Tehrik-e-Niswan for this intellectual lunch.

The Song of Mohen Jo Daro

TLISM Festival celebrations continue by marking World Dance Day with a performance of “The Song of Mohen jo Daro” – a ballet conceived and choreographed by Sheema Kermani.

This ballet was premiered in 1992 to rave reviews and great acclaim in the press and media. It has been performed many times to packed halls.

The ballet tells the story of Peelu, a young man and his fiancée Bhairvi who wants to become a dancer. Peelu forbids her to dance and is very angry. His friend Bihag tries to cheer him up and they go down the river Indus and down in ‘Time’ to Mohenjodaro of 2500 B.C.

What happens there and what happens when he returns back to present times?

This is The Song of Mohenjodaro – an exhilarating one and half hour of classical and folk dance, drama and music!

Venue: Arts Council Theatre
Date: 29 and 30th April
Time: 8pm
Duration: 1 hour and 25 mins.

All the admirers of art can attend this performance. Tickets available at Agha’s and are priced at Rs. 500.

An Ode to Tehrik

TLISM ended yesterday after a spell-bound performance of more than 2 hours of Ek Hazar Aur Ek Thi Raatein having stories depicting powerful women in Arabian Nights. The play got an awesome response with an standing ovation. After all, it is not a child’s play to perform and sing for 2 hours, remember so many lines and above all giving a perfect performance which touched everyone’s heart and enriched everybody’s mind. IT IS AN ART!

The purpose of declaring this at KMB: TLISM, a theater festival which celebrated the 30 years of Tehrik-e-Niswan’s astonishing work for women empowerment and social development in Karachi and elsewhere, and their work speaks for itself; their work is there ode to the mission, and this post is ode to the people behind the vision.

The activities continue. One of them will be a dance ballet SONG OF MOHENJODARO on 29th and 30th April marking the International Day of Dance.

Dawn Feature:

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.

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