Time flies. Who would have known that a simple request by Maliha Ahmed to read a short story at her alumni association meeting would grow into such a stimulating experience for all of us.
But here we are, two years on, gradually learning and cultivating knowledge through an inspiring journey that has enriched us.
We are humbled by the support we have had through these two years and cannot thank our friends and supporters enough. Our repertoire has grown and in the past year we have had the good fortune to have our friends Ehteshamuddin, Shama Askari and Meesam Naqvi join our team as actors. Their stellar performances have added to the texture and character of our work and we are delighted to have them on board.
A huge thanks to Musadiq Sanwal and Rakae Jamil who have contributed original scores for our readings. More importantly, it is their spirit of generosity that we are indebted to and we hope to continue working with them in the years to come. We also welcome Danish Faruqi as our most recent contributor, who has composed the music for our forthcoming work in October this year. Also a warm thank you to Zaheer Alam Kidvai who took time out for us and shared his wonderful music library to help create the soundtrack for Taoos Chaman ki Mayna. It’s always lovely to see you at our readings Zaheer!
A special thanks to Asif Farukhi for his guidance and support. We are grateful for your time and generosity in sharing your knowledge. Your familiar presence at our readings has reassured us and we hope to see you there always!
Naheed Yahya, who despite all her commitments has been the designer for our posters, our identity and like last year, the special anniversary logo. Thank you Naheed for being on our team. Hajra Haider and Seher Naveed, who silently and efficiently accomplish the very vital aspect of managing sound cues during our performances. Moeen Faruqi who has been a keen critic and has always been present to photograph our events. Sabeen Mahmud at T2F who has from the very beginning shown her confidence in us and supported us in every way. We have enjoyed every moment of performing at T2F and look forward to many more such occasions.
A special thanks to Chaand at T2F who has always organised the pre production details with complete efficiency. We cannot do without you Chaand!
This year also saw support from organisations such as the VASL Artists’ Collective, with whose encouragement we were able to perform projects such as Shigaaf, Taoos Chaman ki Mayna and Aao Manto Sunein. Thank you Adeela Suleman and Gemma Sharpe for your love and faith in us.
In the past year we have made new friends across continents and through the country. We have established links with the Urduwallahs in Mumbai with whom we collaborated in a project in Mumbai, the Faiz e Zabaan Team in UK that has very kindly spread the word about us, and most recently the Maya Tree in Lahore, who mentioned our work in their literary Journal in 2012. We look forward to more collaboration with all of you. We have performed at the 5th Annual Urdu Conference in December 2012, the Karachi Literature Festival in February 2013, and met new audiences at readings for the OUP Bookshops and at the CBET (Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT) in Karachi. We thank all our friends and well-wishers who have invited us to perform and given us the opportunity to present our work.
But most importantly, it is you, our audience that has made us richer and encouraged us to grow. We are indebted to you for the support you have shown us and continue to strive towards excellence to meet your expectations. And to all our friends and family who have suffered countless rehearsals and have always been there in the audience for us, your presence means a lot to us.
As we move towards another year ahead brimming with activity, we look forward to many exciting new projects just around the corner. We are ever grateful for your love and support.
Asma Mundrawala, Saife Hasan, Mahvash Faruqi