Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya to debut in Dubai this weekend

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Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya to debut in Dubai this weekend

The story follows an elderly Hindu woman in Lahore who was robbed of her son and family as a result of riots during the violent partition and who now refuses to be robbed of her home too.

By Arti Dani

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Published: Mon 14 Sep 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 15 Sep 2015, 10:54 AM

The award-winning play, Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya (The One Who Hasn't Seen Lahore), is set to be performed in Dubai this Saturday at Centrepoint Theatre in DUCTAC.
The theatrical classic was written by Asgar Wajahat and has played in Mumbai for 12 years. The story is based on the Indo-Pak partition of 1947 and addresses the human impact of the historical divide. The play will be performed for the first time in the UAE on September 19, with a second invitation-only show scheduled for September 20 at the Indian Consulate.
The story follows an elderly Hindu woman in Lahore who was robbed of her son and family as a result of riots during the violent partition and who now refuses to be robbed of her home too, which has been granted to a Muslim refugee family from Lucknow, India by the government of the newly formed Pakistan.
The story outlines the human aftermath of one of history's biggest migrations. We had a chat with Harmeek Singh, who is bringing the play to Dubai, about the national importance of the play and the opening of the new theatre division, The b Theatre, that is looking to foster the Indian art community within the UAE.
Are you excited about performing the play in Dubai?
Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya is a must-see piece of Indian theatre. The play has been immensely successful, globally acclaimed and won several prestigious awards, hence it has been counted amongst the top 10 best plays of the last decades. What really gives the story so much life is the outline of the true human aftermath of one of history's biggest cross migrations, between India and Pakistan in 1947.
Does your play often evoke the feeling of national importance with audiences?
Having strong family ties with pre-partitioned Lahore, this play holds a very special place in my heart and I am proud that I am able to share it with my fellow UAE performance art connoisseurs. The play's theme, nostalgic charm and talented actors combined will definitely resonate brotherhood and peace with audiences across Dubai.
Can you tell us more about the opening of the new theatre division in the UAE?
It's a great honour for us to open our new division, The b Theatre, and present our first production of the award-winning show Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya which is set to play in Dubai's prestigious DUCTAC Theatre. With our new theatrical production house, we want to bring new talents to the UAE and bring in new entertainment programmes featuring all genres for audiences. We look forward to delivering more enriched content and bringing it to the big theatre fanbase in Dubai.
What do you think is the future of theatre in the UAE?
I think that theatre has a rich history at the heart of world culture. Due to challenges in a rapidly evolving society - with a youthful generation raised in a digital environment - technology will be competing with the stage. I want to bring real entertainment back on the agenda from the minds of writers, actors, filmmakers and continue to do it forever.
Tickets start at Dhs250, available from www.ductac.org or by calling 04 341 4777.
arti@khaleejtimes.com

Actors perform during a production of Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya
Actors perform during a production of Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya

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