Jashn-E-Qalam: Bhishm Sahni 2


जश्न-ए-क़लम: भीष्म साहनी
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Playwright & Actor
Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee & Sahitya Akademi Fellow

Tranforming the landscape and form of Hindi Literature, Bhishm Sahni (8 August 1915 – 11 July 2003)an iconic writer, spoke of the pain of uprooting of millions, of loneliness, of boredom, of egotistical demons hidden behind altruism and of political manoeuvrings of varied shades. His extraordinary journey as a Social Activist, Theatre & Screen Actor, Director (IPTA), Lecturer and Translator endowed him with a reservoir of experiences, recollected in a pensive mood, a la ‘Wordsworth’ — in his case, filtered through introspection which reached the readers as distilled fiction.

Date: 28 FEB
Time: 8:30 PM
Stories: ‘Chief ki Daawat’, ‘Sifarishi Chitthi’ & ‘Leela Nandlaal Ki’
Artistes: Madhurjeet Sarghi, Ajit Mehla & Rupinder Inderjeet

Duration: 90 Mins
Language: Hindustani
Ticket: Rs. 200

Literature mirrors Society & Great Writers are Seers of Life! They allow the individual and the collective to reflect on their humanity and sometimes the absence of it. This experience can teach, inspire, make us laugh, or horrify us.

Across time and culture, Oral Storytelling in the form of folklore, mythology & even grandma’s tales have been agents of personal & collective transformation – in part because they change our brains. With the advent of industrialisation and consumerism, visual storytelling i.e. FILM, TV & Advertising has replaced these oral narratives. Imagination & Visualisation are the unfortunate casualties!

Jashn-E-Qalam celebrates the Genius of eminent Litterateurs with Dramatic Readings & Performances of their Notable Works. The common objective is to collectively experience their timeless brilliance and beauty, while using stories as powerful Trojan Horses to provoke mindsets and provide exposure to multiple perspectives. In the process becoming a reason for us to meet, share and most importantly…listen!

We have been performing regularly at small theatres, academic institutions, offices, homes & even public parks! The response has been extremely encouraging with audiences appreciating & relishing the act of actively imagining & co-creating a sensuous experience rather than passively consuming a prepared one.

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