Wednesday 15 May 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 106

Remembering Kaifi Azmi in Lucknow
13.5.13, Mumbai

On May 10 Kaifi Azmi’s death anniversary, IPTA remembers their leader with songs and poetry. Stretching across 22 states of India with a team of 12000 members they have a long list of  plays that have been running for years but one play that generates immense curiosity and draws packed houses within hours of advance booking opening is Kaifi aur Main.

Conceived in the memory of legendary poet and IPTA founder member Kaifi Azmi, the play combines the writings of Shaukat Kaifi and Kaifi Azmi. In two years the play has travelled all over India and abroad and evoked nostalgia in a cross section of generations.  Performed by Shabana and Javed Akhtar, the duo through riveting passages travel you through two momentous lives full of romance, drama, pathos, conflict, death and dignity. There is acceptance of turbulence, struggle without compromise on principles.

The play is a document of the socio-political era and the influences prevailing at that time. The narrative combines heart rending prose punctuated with Kaifi Azmi's memorable poems like Aurat and Makan and of course his memorable songs from Kagaz Ke Phool, Haqeeqat, Hanste Zakham, Heer Ranjha and Main Azaad Hoon set to music by Kuldeep Singh and rendered by Jaswinder Singh and his orchestra.

The two-n-half hour play unfolds the most extra-ordinary love story of all times. Every performance in every city is a magical experience.

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