Ajoka’s play at Alhamra

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Lahore (PR): Ajoka collaborates with award winning Indian director Usha Ganguly for its new theatre production “A Blind Old Woman’s Dream” (Anhi Maai Da sufna). Written by Shahid M Nadeem, the play was premiered on Thursday at Alhamra Arts Council and will continue till April 15th (Friday).

“A Blind Old Woman’s Dream” is Ajoka’s second new production during this year after the splendid “Kabira Khara Bazaar Main”. Leading Kolkata-based theatre director Usha Ganguly conducted two extensive production workshops for the preparation of the play.

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The play is inspired by some true stories of the generation dislocated during the partition of 1947. It is based on shattered dreams of two old humans who have unprecedented love for their home land.

Mai Janki is weak, old and blind but cannot forget her native village now in Pakistan.

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She is determined to visit Prem Nagar regardless of closure of Pak India Border and the visa problems.

Ustad Rango, popular dyer of Lahore’s Rang Mahal refuses to leave his beloved homeland at the time of Partition and now wants to cross the border to attend his grand daughter’s wedding in Amritsar.

He cannot travel to India but there is no restriction on his dreams of re-uniting with his family.

The play is based on these stories and projects emotions of a whole generation to revisit and reunite with their native land.

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Deeply rooted in folk values and traditions of the land, this play gives us a perspective to understand the pain and suffering of a whole generation who lost their biggest treasure at the time of the partition.

The play portrays the dreams and ambitions of the common people of Punjab and presents carries the universal message of peace, love, harmony and tolerance.

 

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