Ajoka’s latest festival takes us down bloodied ‘Partition’ memory lane

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Ajoka’s three-day festival continued for the second day with a powerful adaptation of Intezar Hussain’s short story Shehr-i-Afsos. The play depicts the nightmarish world of three guilt ridden sceptres who lived through the bloodied times of both 1947 & 1971.

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The festival titled ‘Revisiting 70 years of Partition’ opened with the performance of critically acclaimed play Kaun hai yeh Gustakh on 10th October which enthralled the audience completely, stated a press release.



Written by Ajoka’s Shahid Nadeem, and directed by Madeeha Gauhar the play focuses on Saadat Hassan Manto’s life struggle after his migration to Pakistan in 1948. Enactments of his short stories Siyah Hashiye, Khol Do, Thanda Gosht and Toba Tek Singh depict the horrors of the violence which accompanied Partition.

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In her inaugural speech, Ajoka’s artistic director Madeeha Gauhar expressed how painful events occurred at the time of Partition which inspired authors to write compelling stories on both sides of the border.



This festival presents selected stories through which the audience can witness the human suffering due to the forced mass migration.

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It will conclude with a performance of Anhi Maai da Sufna on 12th October, Shahid Nadeem’s play inspired by true stories of the generation dislocated and tormented by the Partition. The play has been directed by prominent Kolkata- based theatre director Usha Ganguly.



Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem said that the Partition Festival has been a great success and will be followed by other plays marking the 70th anniversary of independence.

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