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Theatre festival opens in city

chandigarh Updated: Jul 29, 2014 12:33 IST
SD Sharma
SD Sharma
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The third TFT Summer theatre festival organised by the Theatre for Theatre group in collaboration with the Haryana Cultural af fairs and the Multi Art Cultural Centre Kurukshetra, opened to a grandiose start with the staging of Urdu play “Mujh se pehli si mohabbat mere mehboob na maang” at the Randhawa Auditorium on Monday.

Written and directed by eminent theatre and film artist, the play was based on the ornate poetry of Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Ram ji Bali , while depicting the myriad persona of Ahmed Faiz, also chronicled his transition from a celebrated romantic poet of the sub continent, to a resolute revolutionary . The play highlighted a period of significant struggle for the poet, whose rebellious verses, ironically, were about peace. Faiz was the first Asian poet to receive the Lenin Peace Prize, awarded by the Soviet Union in 1963.

The play depicted his early childhood days to receiving education in a rich environment, about his concern for a young girl named Nagma on one hand and his love for Alice on the other. An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Bali helped relive the saga of one of the most profound Urdu poets through this play.

Namrata Bali, Atul Bhardwaj, Theensha Sachdeva ,Adarash Raj ,Amit Moudgil, Anjali Kaul also gave powerful performances.

Punjabi play Sukhi Kukh will be staged on Tuesday.


The Haryana State Sahitya Akademi organised their 24th edition of poetic symposium at the Akademi Bhavan here on Sunday in which various poets from the region took part.

Eminent Hindi lyricist and editor of a Delhi publication , Dhanajay Singh , eminent poet Mithilesh Srivasta and acclaimed literary critic MP Bhardwaj were among the special guests at the event. The scholars read out their poems and offered views on contemporary Hindi literature. Akademi director, Shyam Sakha Shyam ,a medical specialist andpopular poet introduced the litterateurs while recounting the achievements of the akademi.

Noted poets, Ms Santosh Garg, Ganesh Dutt, Urmil Sangwana, Harsh Kumar, Chaman Lal Chaman and Bhushan Bhatia also read out their poems.