Aao Manto Sunein

Saadat Hasan Manto was born in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, British India on May 11, 1912.
The year 2012 marked the author’s birth centenary.
Manto wrote a series of radio plays under the title Aao in 1940.
Last year we presented three plays under the title Aao Manto Sunein in May 2012.
This year, we revisit the title with the addition of a fourth play to the series.
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Each play presents a delightful banter between the husband and wife Kishore and Lajvanti and their friend Narayan. Light-hearted and animated in nature, these lesser known plays represent the writer in a different light.
Aao Chori Karein presents the delightful confusion that is caused between Kishore, Lajvanti, Narayan and Mrs Narayan when Kishore’s plan to steal open a parcel belonging to Narayan backfires.
Aao Kahani Likhein is a battle of wits between Kishore and Lajvanti as they plan to script a story with Narayan as the scribe. Who wins the battle ultimately and does Narayan manage to save the day?
Aao Taash Khaylein puts Lajvanti in a dilemma as she begins a game of cards with Kishore only to find that he has other plans up his sleeve. She finds herself instead at the mercy of Narayan who is more than enthusiastic about a new card game he has learnt and is adamant to show it to his disinterested friends.
Aao Baat tau Suno presents Kishore with a series of tasks on a restful Sunday. Will Kishore manage to fulfill everyone’s wishes and yet maintain his sanity?
With live sounds generated during the reading in addition to the musical tracks!
Supported by Vasl Artists’ Collective
Vasl artist collective copy


Aao Chori Karein
Lajvanti:   Mahvash Faruqi
Kishore:     Ehteshamuddin
Narayan:   Syed Meesam Naqvi 
Mrs. Narayan and servant: Asma Mundrawala
Live sound:  Hajra Haider
Music:           Kevin MacLeod
Aao Kahaani Likhein
Lajvanti:   Asma Mundrawala
Kishore:    Ehteshamuddin
Narayan:   Syed Meesam Naqvi   
Live sound: Hajra Haider and Mahvash Faruqi
Music:          Kevin MacLeod
Aao Taash Khaylein
Lajvanti: Mahvash Faruqi
Kishore:  Ehteshamuddin
Narayan: Syed Meesam Naqvi   
Live sound: Hajra Haider and Asma Mundrawala
Music:          Kevin MacLeod
Aao Baat tau Suno
Lajvanti:   Mahvash Faruqi
Kishore:     Ehteshamuddin
Kishore’s father & Narayan:   Syed Meesam Naqvi  
Neighbour: Asma Mundrawala
Live sound:  Hajra Haider
Music:           Kevin MacLeod
Sound Design and Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Poster design: Naheed Z. Yahya
Performance date: 24 August 2013
Contact us: zambeelreadings@gmail.com

2 Responses to Aao Manto Sunein

  1. SZ says:

    Is it possible to make audio recordings of these sessions? I’m sure there are many others like me who wish to listen to these!

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