DINESH THAKUR’S ank presents
Asghar Wajahat’s Powerful Human Saga,
JIS LAHORE NAHIN DEKHYA
DESIGN & DIRECTION: DINESH THAKUR
LYRICS: NIDA FAZLI
MUSIC: KULDIP SINGH
COSTUMES DESIGN: SALIM ARIF
Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya was written in the 1980s but today it has become our willing tool to showcase love and harmony between communities in our Nation which has the most varied diversity.
The story, set in 1947, is about an old Hindu woman in Lahore who, robbed of her son and family as a result of the riots at partition refuses to be robbed of her home by a Muslim refugee family from Lucknow. The Muslim family, having suffered the painful displacement of partition are desperate and not averse to bringing in the local, political goons. Even as the goons move in, sensing the advantage of exploiting the situation, they remain blind to the inherent strength of human kindnesses. A bond surfaces between the old woman and the displaced family that fills up the vacuum in their lives as the old woman guides them through a strange land. It is this unexpected human bonding and empathy for our fellow creatures, the ability to see ourselves in others, a brotherhood of inclusion that makes the world such a beautiful place despite repeated attempts at divisiveness by vested interests.
Lahore.. is the story of two communities who have suffered first-hand the horrors of partition and still have the strength and humanity to rise above petty hatred. Partition and the untold and widespread misery that it wrought was a great lesson for the people of this country.
As we revisit our history, the play not only entertains with its share of drama and histrionics but elevates us socially and emotionally, sensitizing us towards those different from us and motivating us to bring out the best in each other.
This play assumes even more importance in the light of the spate of the recent terror attacks globally. It has become even more imperative to drive home the message of ‘tolerance and mutual respect and cooperation ’ not only between communities but among nations across the seven seas to prevent the birth of future terrorists.