Ajoka theatre launched a book of its three famous Punjabi plays written by Shahid Mehmood Nadeem in a graceful ceremony organized as a celebration of shahid’s outstanding contribution to Pakistan’s contemporary theatre here in Alhamra Arts Council.
The plays include Anhi Maai da Sufna (Blind Woman’s dream) Bala King and Lo phir Basant ayee based on Lahore’s famous spring festival.
Human Rights Commission Pakistan’s Secretary General IA Rehman graced the ceremony as chief guest and spoke very highly about Shahid Nadeem creative journey and subjects which he highlighted through his various productions.
Scholars from leading educational institutes including Sobia Mubarik, Ali Usman and Sameer Afzal presented their research papers highlighting the social and constructive facets of Ajoka’s plays,
Whereas eminent literary personalities such as professor Ishtiaq Ahmad, Pr. Paren Boga , Ajoka’s artistic director Madeeha Gohar, Lahore Arts council’s executive director Cap ® Atta Muhammad khan , Hassan Jaffer Zaidi , Shaista Siraj ud din and other speakers praised Shahid Nadeem’s excellent contribution for revival of socially relevant and meaningful theatre in Pakistan.
In the end of ceremony Shahid Nadeem thanked all the participants and announced that Ajoka is working on a new play titled ‘Chairing Cross’ which will be premiered on 29th of January in Alhamra Hall 1. The play is a musical epic primarily based on the major political and social changes in Pakistan landscape with Lahore’s Charing Cross as a witness.