LAHORE – Theatre is a strong medium for conveying some social message.
The main reason is that the response to a performance is immediate and if it is good it leaves an imprint on the minds of the audience.
The response to ongoing stage play ‘Kabira Khara Bazar Mein’ at Lahore Arts Council has been awesome.
The play being staged by Ajoka Theatre highlights the importance of inter-faith harmony between Hindus and Muslims.
The play which was first staged on Tuesday will continue till today.
It is about a sufi/mystic personality Kabira.
The play has been designed and directed by India’s prominent theatre director Kewal Dhaliwal and written by Bhisham Sahni, who passed away in July 2003.
This play is Ajoka’s tribute to this great son of the soil on the occasion of his birth centenary,” Shahid Nadeem, who and his wife Madeeha Gohar are the driving force behind Ajoka Theatre for more than two decades.
It brings out the rational philosophy of the medieval Indian mystic who sought to rid the society of superstition, caste prejudices, false ego, blind faith, and illogical behaviour.
It touches the inner chord of the common man and convinces him that he can find the Lord within himself and does not need to indulge in useless worship and odd rituals.
The resemblance between the Sufi and Bhakti message is striking.
Bhakti and Sufi poets have incorporated each other’s verses and saying, in many cases word by word.
“Bhisham Sahni made a thorough study of Kabir before writing this play and found his life to be highly dramatic in rightful action and thoroughly profound in practical living.
He used appropriate theatrical devices to highlight the great teaching of Kabir which are more relevant even today than even before.