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NAPA brings back element of humour

By Fawad Ali Shah

KARACHI: After staging a few serious dramas, this time the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) Reparatory Theater Company is back with ‘Raaz-o-Niaz’.

“The play is all about love and life with a humorous twist,” this is how Rahat Kazmi, one of the faculty members of NAPA, introduced the play during a press conference.

It is a one-act play, written by Rafi Pir, who is one of the renowned Urdu writers. The drama revolves around two characters, a man and a woman and their relationship.

Two senior actors of NAPA, Saqib Khan and Aiman Tariq, would act in the play. Both the actors are NAPA graduates and are experienced stage play actors.

The simplicity, fluency and natural flow of the dialogues are one of the few characteristics of the drama.

This time, NAPA is offering a two in one package as Raaz-o-Niaz, would be followed by ‘Shaam bhi thi doowan doowan’, a play written by Alexei Arbozov a Russian playwriter.

This is also a one-act play and will have the same actors as the first play.

This is a serious story, which has a few splashes of humour here and there. The story begins in Senitorium where Dr Partho Sanial, who strictly follows rules and regulations, meets Oma Rai, and what follows will only be known when the play is staged.

“It is nice to see that theaters are running in the city again,” said Arshad Mahmud, who has been associated with NAPA for the last two years.

He said that the introduction of the cable network in the city was a bad omen for the theaters.

Answering a question, he criticised the theater festival held in Islamabad, saying, “By offering free tickets they [the organisers] have harmed the cause of the government.”

Talat Hussain, a senior drama artist and a teacher at NAPA, felt the need of the construction of theater halls.

“Government should facilitate us so that we can have our own hall,” Talat demanded.

Dismissing the idea of lowering the prices of entry tickets, which cost Rs five hundred each, Talat said, “By offering free tickets we would harm the cause of the theater, this way it would not mature on time.”

Talat said that dramas should earn enough money that they motivate youngsters to adopt theater as a career.
Source: Daily Times
Date:7/16/2009