Tumhari Amrita enthralls Pak audience
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Tumhari Amrita enthralls Pak audience

The play, featuring Shabana Azmi and Farooque Shaikh, was stgaed in Karachi to raise funds for rebuilding quake-hit schools .

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 20:49 IST

After Bollywood and music, it is Indian theatre which is enthralling Pakistan with a play featuring Shabana Azmi and Farooque Shaikh getting rave reviews.

By staging Tumhari Amrita, the 90-minute play inspired by AR Gurney's Love Letters in Karachi yesterday, the organisers aim to raise funds to create a Citizen's Foundation that would construct schools in areas hit by the recent earthquake. They are planning to hold one more show each in Karachi and Islamabad.

Shabana,Farooque Enthral Audience, headlined Dawn, while Daily Times feature read From India With Love, about the play, performed first in India in 1992 and adapted for theatre by Javed Siddiqui.

Shabana credited the Indo-Pak peace process for enabling her group to stage the play in Pakistan.

"I would like to dwell a little bit on the fact that here is an Indian group that is coming forward and doing something to raise funds for earthquake victims that will go to people in Pakistan," she said.

"Apart from the money that will be raised, the symbolic gesture to me is very, very significant because for a long time now, people have been saying that we need to strengthen people-to-people contact because its people who must dictate to the government and if government policy can be influenced by the fact that people really want to build bridges," she said.

In its write-up about the play, Daily Times said Tumhari Amrita is a stunning example of theatre without the theatrics; the two characters work with a set that has only two tables and except for the magic of the spoken word, very little supplements the action.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 17:57 IST