Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sheema Kermani in the San Francisco Bay Area
Sunday night Sheema Kermani and her troupe of nine artists from Pakistan gave their thirteenth and final performance in their current tour of the US. An hour long play 'Maen Jioun Gi Sar Uttha kar’ (written by Anwer Jafri; directed by Sheema Kermani and Anwer Jafri) was followed by a dance routine choreographing Faiz’s poem ‘Intisab’ and another dance depicting a tarana by Ameer Khusro. The pro bono performance by the artists benefitted the Koohi Goth Hospital, a charity health care facility for women run by Dr. Shershah Syed and his team.
Tonight’s performance was about shattering the walls prosperity builds around you—walls that make you oblivious to the everyday problems the majority of Pakistan faces. The women of Pakistan are that majority and Sheema Kermani as their advocate is out there to poke holes in the cocoons many choose to live in.
Audio recording of the play and speeches by Dr. Shershah Syed and Dr. Naseem Shekhani is here:
More information about the Koohi Goth Women's Hospital and National Health Forum is here:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Gulzar-e-Daagh at ICC
Gulzar-e-Daagh, an Urdu literary program on the life and poetry of Daagh Dehlvi, held at the India Community Center on September 8, 2003 by Urdu teacher Hamida Chopra, with the help of an army of volunteers, and financially supported by Ashraf Habibullah was attended by around 150 Urdu lovers of the San Francisco Bay Area. Audio of the program is here: https://archive.org/details/GulzarEDaaghSept82003ICCHamidaChopra
Gulzar-e-Daagh, Daagh Dehlvi, Daagh Dehelvi, Dagh, Urdu poet, poetry, Hamida Banu Chopra, India Community Center, Milpitas, California, Khwaja Aftab Ali, Amjad Noorani, Anshuman Chandra, Atiya Naz, Dipti Bhatnagar, Anil Chopra, Dr. Salim Malik, Ravi aka Khurshid, Salman Siddique, Anupama Chandratreya