Amrita Pritam's 'Pinjar' staged in Lahore
Apr 22, 2007 - 2:32:58 PM

Lahore, April 22 - A theatre adaptation of Amrita Pritam's acclaimed novel 'Pinjar' was staged by an Indian group here as part of the 'Panj-Pani Indo-Pak Festival' and won plaudits from the audience.

'Pinjar' tells of the plight of a girl, who is kidnapped by her father's enemy, forced to change her religion and marry a man against her wishes.

Indian theatre group Adakar Manch performed the play on the fourth day of the festival.

Ajoka, the Pakistani theatre group hosting the festival, staged 'Halla Bol', which throws light on the problems of workers of a trade union who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the betterment of society.

Ajoka brought theatre persons and the media for a discussion to highlight the theme of the festival, which is to deal with the day-to-day problems of the people, The Daily Times said.

Bansi Kaur, an Indian actor, said misinterpretations of history had led to conflicts among nations. 'Ignorance of realities has pushed the people to perpetual darkness,' she said.

Parminderjeet Singh, another Indian actor, said that theatrical performances should be aimed at highlighting issues and problems of the common man. He added that in a drama entitled 'Andar Bahar Manto', on the legendary storyteller and playwright Sadat Hasan Manto, he had tried to reveal the purity of a bold man who never stopped at bringing out the evils in society.

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