Aao Manto Sunein

2012 marks the birth centenary of Saadat Hasan Manto.
As a tribute to one of the greatest literary figures of the subcontinent, Zambeel Dramatic Readings presented the first of two projects planned for this year.
Manto wrote a series of radio plays under the title Aao in 1940.
Each play presents a delightful banter between the husband and wife Kishore and Lajwanti 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, Lajwanti, 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 Lajwanti 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 Lajwanti 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.
A first for us in this production was the addition of a guest actor Ehteshamuddin, who played the role of Kishore. Also this time, in addition to the musical tracks, the sounds for every story were generated live during the reading, very much in keeping with the tradition of early radio drama.
Aao Chori Karein
Lajwanti:   Mahvash Faruqi
Kishore:     Ehteshamuddin
Narayan:   Saife Hasan  
Mrs. Narayan and servant: Asma Mundrawala
Live sound:  Hajra Haider
Music:           Kevin MacLeod
Aao Kahaani Likhein
Lajwanti:   Asma Mundrawala
Kishore:    Ehteshamuddin
Narayan:   Saife Hasan              
Live sound: Hajra Haider and Mahvash Faruqi
Music:          Kevin MacLeod
Aao Taash Khaylein
Lajwanti: Mahvash Faruqi
Kishore:  Ehteshamuddin
Narayan: Saife Hasan      
Live sound: Hajra Haider and Asma Mundrawala
Music:          Kevin MacLeod
Sound Design and Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Poster design: Naheed Z. Yahya
Performance dates:
5 May 2012, T2F, Karachi
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