Our works aim to present literature in a dramatised form.
Sound is integral to our work, very much as it is in a radio play. We employ sound as a means to lend narratives a mood and create the environment the story is built in. Read to a live audience, our readings are conspicuously devoid of visual embellishments so that the main focus remains on the enactment of the text itself.
Our projects so far:
Ismat Chughtai Kay Saath Aik Shaam, two short stories Ghoonghat and Bachho Phuppi with extracts from Sa’adat Hasan Manto’s essay on Ismat.
Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai, short story by Quratul Ain Hyder.
Shigaaf, two short stories Tishnagi (by Masood Mufti) and The Body (by Afsan Chowdhry), as part of the Vasl and CAP led project on the fortieth anniversary of the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
Aao Manto Sunein – 3 plays written for radio by Saadat Hasan Manto.
Taqseem – Featuring Saadat Hasan Manto’s works Siyaah Haashiay and Gurmukh Singh ki Vasiat.
Khol Do – A recorded reading for the Kalaghoda Festival Mumbai in collaboration with the Urduwallas, for the event Manto-Naama: An Evening with Saadat Hasan Manto.
Lady Changez Khan and Pom Pom Darling – Two short stories Ghoonghat (Ismat Chughtai) and Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai (Quratulain Hyder) at the 4th Karachi Literature Festival.
Taoos Chaman ki Mayna– Naiyer Masud’s endearing tale set in Lucknow in the mid nineteenth century.
Bazm e Suboohi – Two stories by Ashraf Suboohi Dehlvi: Sahib Aalam and Deevani Aapa
Dozakh – A play by Ismat Chughtai
Aao Manto Sunein – (2013) Four radio plays by Saadat Hasan Manto
Samundar ki Chori – A short story by Asif Farrukhi
Khol Do – A recorded reading for the Urduwallahs-led project Manto Nama, at the IIT Festival Bombay.
Shatranj ki Baazi – A short story by Munshi Premchand
Molka Deo Sahab Bakery Walay – A story for children by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Raaja kay Do Seeng – A story for children by Zara Mumtaz
Dhal Gaya Hijr ka Din – The letters of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Alys Faiz
Ghulam Abbas kay Qalam se – Two short stories Uss ki Biwi and Kun Russ.
Intekhaab – Asad Muhammad Khan – Two short stories Ek Meethay Din ka Antt and Naseeboan Waalian
Tipu aur Jaadu ki Bayl – A story for children adapted by Zara Mumtaz
Bhayaanak Aadmi – from the ‘Imran Series’ by Ibne Safi
Toofaan kay Markaz Mein– Text by Asad Muhammad Khan
Rail Kahaani– A compilation of stories on railway journeys
Sookhay Saavun – Two short stories by Zamiruddin Ahmed