Ajoka takes Hamsaya to Amritsar

The Ajoka Theatre is holding the Humsaya play for a peace festival to be held from 15-20 March. A 20- member team will cross the Wahga border today to participate in the festival.\

This year, the theme of the festival is “Revisiting Partition,” in light of the 70th Independence Day. “The first and second Humsaya Festivals were hugely successful. This year, some of India’s best theatre troupes are also taking part and we will all be performing plays that promote peace,” Madeeha told The Express Tribune. “Ajoka has been performing in India for nearly 25 years and is determined to bring peace through art. We have always played our part in promoting art and love and so, all our plays are based on real-life stories of pain, anguish and suffering from the Partition.”

Before leaving for Amritsar Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem said holding an Indo-Pak festival acquired more significance in view of the on-going tensions at the border and antagonism between the two governments. This is a declaration that artists reject politics of confrontation and hate and are determined to promote peace between the people of India and Pakistan.

“The festival will be followed by an Ajoka tour of Indian Punjab with “Anhi Mai Da Sufna”, a play about the generations separated by the 1947 Partition. The play will be performed in Jalandhar, Patiala, Chandigarh and Amritsar,” he said.