Duration: 07:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 To Sat, 27 Feb 2010
Venue: Alhamra Arts Council – The Mall / Lahore
Fee: Nil Rupees
Dara A play on the life and times of Mughal prince Dara Shikoh:
Ajoka’s new play “Dara” is about the less-known but extremely dramatic and moving story of Dara Shikoh, eldest son of Emperor Shahjahan, who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. Dara was not only a crown prince but also a poet, a painter and a Sufi. He wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. His search for the Truth and shared teachings of all major religions is reflected in his scholarly works such as Sakeena-tul-Aulia, Safina-tul-Aulia and Majma-ul-Bahrain. The play also explores the existential conflict between Dara the crown prince, and Dara the Sufi and the poet.
The violent and devastating struggle between brothers Dara and Aurangzeb, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara and Roshan Ara, the spiritual challenge posed by the naked sufi Sarmad to the authority of the muftis and qazis of the Empire and the growing discontent among the masses are elements which make “Dara” a gripping and powerful play. And of course like all Ajoka’s plays DARA has a very relevant message for our contemporary times.
Dara has been written and directed by Shahid Nadeem and includes live qawwalis and songs based on the lyrics of Amir Khusrau, Sarmad and Dara.
For further Information & passes:
Ajoka: 92-42-36682443, 36686634 / Alhamra: 92-42-99200917, 99200918