Zambeel Dramatic Readings was founded with a view to present texts from Urdu literature in a dramatized form to a live audience.
Referencing traditions of storytelling and the contemporary form of the radio play, the productions traverse time and geographical boundaries to interpret and enliven narratives through sound and recitation.
Beginning with writings from Ismat Chughtai’s rich repertoire, the group has since late 2011, presented twenty-six projects comprising of thirty-nine stories altogether, by authors that include Quratulain Hyder, Saadat Hasan Manto, Masood Mufti, Afsan Chowdhury, Raihana Hasan, Ashraf Suboohi, Asif Farrukhi, Munshi Premchand, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Naiyer Masud. With a shared background in theatre, the Zambeel performers imbue texts with a poignant expressive quality and perform narratives that are supported by a soundscape, enriching the aural experience of the audience through sound and recitation.
Zambeel Dramatic Readings was founded by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan in September 2011. Mahvash Faruqi passed away in June 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mahvash Faruqi was an educator with a background in theatre that began in Lahore and continued in Karachi. Furthering the legacy of her illustrious family, Mahvash performed in numerous well-known theatre productions for Karachi based theatre group Tehrik e Niswan, attended several workshops conducted by eminent theatre directors and toured internationally and within Pakistan. Mahvash also acted in television plays for independent production houses, but her main interest remained with theatre. Mahvash Faruqi passed away in June 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Asma Mundrawalais a visual artist and theatre practitioner with a PhD from the University of Sussex UK. She is a Professor in the Department of Fine Art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She has been associated with the arts and education and has been represented in national and international exhibitions. Asma’s association with theatre began with Tehrik e Niswan in 1997. Asma is the director and sound designer for Zambeel Dramatic Readings.
Saife Hasan initiated his career in the performing arts with the theatre group Tehrik e Niswan in 1997. He has performed in many prestigious theatre festivals internationally and in Pakistan Apart from his talents as an actor for stage, Saife is also a well-known actor for television and has received recognition for his work as a television director. He has over the past years directed popular plays for production houses like Hum Television and TV One. He now works independently and has recently established his own production house.
Photo credits for Zambeel Team: Moeen Faruqi
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