Faisalabad University and PU will present their plays for Azadi

LAHORE:10 April: Ajoka Theatre is organising a three-day “Azadi Theatre Festival” at Alhamra Arts Council from today (Tuesday). This is a continuation of Ajoka’s theatre events to mark the 70th anniversary of independence. Besides Ajoka’s regular performing team, young and dynamic theatre groups, including Agriculture University Faisalabad and Punjab University’s Makhotay Theatre will present their plays revolving around the theme of freedom and human dignity. The festival will open with Ajoka’s performance of its landmark play “Chaak Chakkar”, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s German play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” today (Tuesday). The play raises fundamental questions about the ownership of a nation’s wealth and resources and the true nature of justice and democracy. The play has been sponsored by the German Embassy in Pakistan. On the second day, Agriculture University Faisalabad will present a mime performance based on message of peace and religious tolerance while Punjab University’s Makhotay Theatre will present play titled "Ghulam”. The festival will conclude with a performance of Ajoka’s latest play “Charing Cross”, specially produced to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan. The play is a spectacular musical epic based on major political and social changes on Pakistani landscape with Lahore’s Charing Cross as a witness. Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem while talking about the objective behind organising the fiesta said that the Azadi Festival also marks the 34th anniversary of Ajoka’s inception. “Azadi”, has been elusive even after 70 years of independence and the promises made by the founding father have not been fulfilled. Freedom and human rights have been at the core of Ajoka’s productions over its 34th year long journey. The festival will present a fresh perspective about what “Azadi” means to Pakistan’s youth and also celebrate the contribution of art and culture to the promotion of the ideals of “Azadi”, he concluded. The festival is being organised in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council, all plays will be presented at the Hall No 1 at 7pm. training session: Women Development Department (WDD) Provincial Secretary Bushra Aman Monday said WDD was training lady councilors at divisional level for awareness about women welfare initiatives of Punjab government. Bushra Aman was addressing the lady councilors’ training session. She said WDD would train some 3,660 women under the Annual Development Programme. Bushra said, “The training is regarding social and economic rights and ensuring gender equity and justice for women.” She urged the lady councilors to apprise the women in their respective union councils about the initiatives of the government of the Punjab for the welfare of the women.The news.

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