NAPA to organise theatre shows
KARACHI: The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) is going to organise two theatre shows from July 5 to 9 and July 12 to 15 in order to provide its students with an opportunity to flaunt their talents at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
This was announced by Manager, NAPA Special Projects, Zain Ahmed at a press conference held here at the NAPA on Monday. Director Programme Arshad Mehmood, Play Director Sunil Shankar, Play Director Meesam Naqvi and Music Composer Ahsan Bari were also present on the occasion. “This time around, the NAPA Repertory Theatre is going to organise two theaters entitled ‘Kamla’ and ‘Mantorama.’ The actors of these theatres will be NAPA’s graduates,” said Ahmed.
Talking about his play, ‘Mantorama’, Director Sunil Shanker said that it could not be bracketed as a conventional play. He termed it an attempt to make Manto’s imagination come alive on stage. “For the first time, we are utilising a live orchestra to enhance the dramatic theme of the play,” he added. Shanker further said that the music composition was original and that they will convey Manto’s temperament during different stages of life. Their orchestra has merged Mirza Ghalib’s poetry with classical music to evoke a sense of reminiscence.
Director of ‘Kamla’ Meesam Naqvi said that his play was based on a real incident scripted by VJ Tendulkar and that it mostly asked itching questions rather than providing with the answers. ahtesham azhar