on: 16th October, 2011
2 Hours (With Interval)
Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya was written in the 1980s but today it has become our willing tool to cry out stop- to death, torture, violence, rape visited on any community in the name of religion or race! The story, set in 1947, is about an old Hindu woman in Lahore who, robbed of her son and family as a result of the riots at partition refuses to be robbed of her home by a Muslim refugee family from Lucknow. The Muslim family, having suffered the painful displacement of partition are desperate and not averse to bringing in the local, political goondas. Even as the goondas move in, sensing the advantage of exploiting the situation, they remain blind to the inherent strength of human kindnesses.
It is this unexpected human bonding and empathy for our fellow creatures, the ability to see ourselves in others, a brotherhood of inclusion that makes the world such a beautiful place despite repeated attempts at divisiveness by vested interests.
This play assumes even more importance in the light of the spate of the recent terror attacks globally. It has become even more imperative to drive home the message of ‘tolerance and mutual respect’ to prevent the birth of future terrorists.
About the Group :
Ank repertory in its 35th year is about 40 strong and is headed by Mr.Dinesh Thakur who himself has completed 47 years in theatre.
For Ank, theatre is not just a source of entertainment, it also serves to keep history alive, to propagate and emphasise those cultural values and traditions which set us apart and identify us as Indians in the eyes of the rest of the world and most importantly to raise some questions, tickle some issues – almost always tongue-in-cheek. Within this larger framework, Ank believes that it is theatre which provides respite and rejuvenation to any society. For Ank therefore, theatre is serious and responsible work and quality the cornerstone of its belief.
Ank has always believed in quality and finesse with a larger purpose. It has always been our endeavour to put forward a thought, a message which appeals to our purer sentiment and instincts, bringing out the best in us, thus contributing in evolving better individuals in a more sensitized society.
An important aspect that sets Ank apart from many of its theatre contemporaries is the emphasis here on the actor and his abilities. All aspects of the physical body are to be explored as instruments and extensions of expression. In these days, when colour and form are taking a precedence over realism on stage, theatre remains for us the Actor’s medium. This is amply evident in one of our latest productions, HUMDUM where a simple story becomes a humorous journey transcending old age & suffering.
Having come into being in 1976 and picked up momentum in 1978 with the emergence of Prithvi theatre and with the unforgettable encouragement from the Late Jennifer Kapoor and Shri Shashi Kapoor, Ank today has one of the largest bodies of work in Hindi with approximately 7000 shows of 77 plays all over the country and abroad.
S C Makhija
S P Chauhan
& Sunil Deshmukh
Writer : Asghar Wajahat
Director : Dinesh Thakur
Lyrics : Nida Fazli
Costumes : Salim Arif
Music : Kuldip Singh
Crew : Dhanendra Kawade, Kalu Singh, Rohit & Sunil Deshmukh
Timings: 6pm & 9pm.
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