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March 2, 2009

Taleem-e-Balighan to be revived


March 2, 2009


The famous play “Taleem-e-Balighan” will be staged for the public from Monday (today) at the historical Karachi site of Jehangir Kothari Parade, Clifton, as part of the ongoing Hamara Karachi Festival.

On Sunday evening, a special show of the play was staged at the same venue. It was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, legislators, senior government functionaries, dignitaries from various walks of life and show business and media personalities. City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, who is also Chairperson of the Hamara Karachi Foundation, welcomed the guests.

The Thespianz Theatre, which has on its credit 22 productions at various venues in Karachi and Lahore, is staging Taleem-e-Balighan. Thespianz Theatre Artistic-director Faisal Malik said that no improvisation had been made in the original Taleem-e-Balighan script by Khawaja Moinuddin.

The cast of the play includes all new actors including Shahzabe Waheed Khan, Asif, Khayam, Hamid Malik, and Faisal Malik himself playing the lead, Maulvi Saheb.

Malik said that among veteran actors who had performed in earlier productions of Taleem-e-Balighan, Qazi Wajid was alive but he was not available to perform this time. Moreover, he said, it was the desire of the city Naib Nazim to use fresh and amateur acting talent for the play.

He said the script of Taleem-e-Balighan had been chosen because its content and message was most suitable for mass consumption. Moreover, the script of the play has several references for Karachi, its public, and also about the venue of the stage play — the Jehangir Kothari Parade.

He said that arrangements had been made at the venue to accommodate up to 2,000 people. The play will run till March 6, and performances will begin at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, the Thespianz Theatre staged the play “Anarkali” at the Pakistan American Cultural Centre.

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