Lahore (Qasim Ali)
Rich tributes have been paid to the theatre icon and founding father of Ajoka Theatre Madeeha Gauhar at a memorial meeting held on the fifth anniversary of her passing away. Those who shared their reminiscences included playwright and Madeeha’s husband Shahid Nadeem, her son Nirvaan Nadeem, actress Samia Mumtaz, theatre activist Rukhsana Kazmi, filmmaker Shoaib Sultan, stage and TV actress Razia Malik, actors Sarfraz Ansari and Umar Bhatti. They praised Madeeha’s passion and dedication to theatre and peace.
The programme included finding out of extracts from Madeeha’s diaries and completely different writings by Nirvaan Nadeem, Arzoo Ali Gauhar, Fizza Jamal, Mohammad Qaisar and Usman Zia. The extracts related to Madeeha’s growth as a socially acutely aware artist and activist. A TV interview of Madeeha was moreover screened by means of which she talked about her artistic journey and her work for theatre for peace.
Shahid Nadeem said that Ajoka cherishes Madeeha’s legacy and is carrying on alongside together with her mission of spreading the message of peace and social consciousness by entertaining theatre. He moreover revealed that Ajoka to mark its fortieth anniversary with year- prolonged actions and the small print shall be launched on 5 Would possibly sooner than the effectivity of its new play “Uddanhaare”at Alhamra.