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About zambeeldramaticreadings

Zambeel Dramatic Readings aims to present texts in Urdu and English rendered in their dramatised form, to create a dynamic collusion between literature and performance. Referencing traditions of storytelling and the contemporary form of the radio play, our works traverse time and geographical boundaries to interpret and enliven narratives through sound and recitation.

Treasure from the Archives

While many of us are familiar with Ismat Chughtai’s work, it is rare to discover her interactions with literati when she visited Pakistan. This treasure trove has been pulled out from the archives of Herald Magazine, courtesy Asif Farrukhi, when … Continue reading

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Kutub Khana – The Sharfabad Bedil Library

Tucked away modestly in the bustling centre of Karachi’s Sharfabad area is a treasure trove for Urdu researchers, readers and enthusiasts; the Sharfabad Bedil Library. Established in July 1974 through the singular efforts of Dr Mohammad Zafeer ul Hasan Azeemabadi, … Continue reading

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Zambeel Design

In preparations towards announcing a new project, the first impression a viewer gets is visual. The announcement is set out by means of a poster, which captures your attention and sets the ball rolling. Images are shared across the social … Continue reading

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Three years on…

It’s that time of the year again, when we take a breath and realise that it’s been another year. Zambeel Dramatic Readings is three years old. It’s been a productive time for all of us, and the last year has … Continue reading

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Ghulam Abbas

A long overdue update on our Authors page comes soon after our last reading of two short stories by Ghulam Abbas. More popularly known for his seminal stories Anandi and Overcoat, Ghulam Abbas’ treasure trove of writings is distinct in … Continue reading

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Dhal Gaya Hijr ka Din – The journey of a project

The following essay written by Asma Mundrawala talks about the journey of the project Dhal Gaya Hijr ka Din, based on letters by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Alys Faiz. A slightly edited version of this is published in The Friday … Continue reading

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2013 – A Year in Retrospect

It’s been a productive year for Zambeel Dramatic Readings as we have brought you new works from inspiring literature, welcomed new friends in the team and taken our readings to new platforms in Karachi and in Lahore. Projects Clearly the … Continue reading

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Arey Kishore – Aao Baat tau Suno!

If you have read or heard our rendition of Manto’s play Aao Baat tau Suno, you could not possibly have missed the infinite list of chores Kishore is expected to complete on a restful Sunday. From his wife’s herbal medicines … Continue reading

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Two Years On…

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 … Continue reading

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On Manto’s radio plays and Zambeel

When Manto’s centenary was observed in 2012, there was a varied and extensive contribution by writers, publishing houses, theatre groups, online platforms and newspapers to present their works as a homage to the one of the most prominent writers of … Continue reading

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