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March 7, 2015

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Napa plans 20 days of quality theatre for Karachi

Karachi
Arshad Mehmood, the National Academy of Performing Arts’ director programmes and administration, on Friday announced details of the 20-day International Theatre Festival due to commence from March 11.
The festival, which would be held under the ‘I am Karachi’ banner, would comprise 11 plays. Speaking at a press conference at Napa, Mehmood said the sole purpose of the festival was to exhibit good quality theatre and to provide constructive entertainment to audiences. “In our society, artists have been reduced to being the smallest minority. We have to take measures to revive our art and theatre by promoting it on a broader scale.”
‘I am Karachi’ founding member, Rumana Hussain, said the campaign is a civil-society led movement that inculcates hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi. “Theatre with purpose can be utilised to unite Karachiites on a single platform and bring peace in the city which is the dire need,” she said.
A consortium member of “I am Karachi”, Zain Ahmed, stated the details of the festival. He said theatre groups from USA, England, Germany and India are collaborating to perform at the festival. “The students of NAPA will have the advantage to perform with some internationally acclaimed artists, which will help them to enhance their experience and talents,” he said.
Napa’s graduating class will be performing at the opening ceremony of the festival on March 11. Every night at 8pm, the plays are scheduled as: ‘Constellations’ on March 12-13; ‘Kaamil Sapno’ on March 14-15; ‘Among Fog’ on March 16-17; ‘Akhyan’ on March 18-19; ‘Museum of Species in Danger’ on March 20-21; ‘Kon Hay Ye Gustakh’ on March 22; ‘Dara’ on March 23; ‘Me, My Mom & Sharmila’ on March 24-25; ‘Behroopiya’ on March 26-27; ‘Tum Kon Ho’ on March 28-29; and ‘Daddy’ on March 30-31. A children’s play ‘Alladin’ will be on show at noon on every Sunday from March 15 to March

29.
It was also informed that a local company’s sponsorship allowed for a cut in ticket prices, which now stand at Rs400 for the general audience and Rs200 for students. However, the ticket for the last play of the festival, ‘Daddy’, for which Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt will be in town, will cost Rs2,000.

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