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Hindustani Drama Festival, 2004

The RangManch Canada team led by Playwright, Writer, and Poet Javed Danish and his colleagues, Sadat Ali Khan, Editor “Terjuman” Urdu News paper, Toronto, Ather, of CCA Computers and Desi411.com, Zubair Siddiqui, Editor “Firasat” Urdu Magazine and others made history of Multilingual Dramas from South Asian Community. A Drama festival was arranged at Burnham Thorpe Library Auditorium Mississauga.

For the first time in Canada that multilingual plays in Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil,Bengali, Kannada, and Urdu were presented in one evening.
In spite of not understanding the language audience were eagerly watching the play with great admiration.

All the members of the RangManch Canada team including Jawaid Danish, Sadat Khan, Ather Hyderabadi, Amit Dar, Umair, Zubair Siddiqui, Surya Narayana, and Salman Arif, deserve congratulations for their hard work and team efforts to organize such an Historical event. Ather of Desi 411.com took over the charge of M/C for tonight’s festival and did it well.

Ontario's Minister of Transportation Honorable Harinder Thakar inaugurated the festival. Writer and novelist Ikram Barelvi was the chief guest.  Rang Manch Canada honored him by presenting an Achievement Award, along All Other Groups of Dramas Members.

The Dramas were as follows

 

1.    “Karma’s Karma” (Kannada) written and acted by Gunny Murlidhar & Brinda       Murlidhar.

2.      “Hi Canada” (Hindi) written and directed by Anuradha Dar

Artist: Arpita Dar, Apoorva Dar.

3.    “Sundari o Sundari” (Tamil) Written and directed by Raghu

Artists: Alamelu, Chitrs Jack, Ganesh Iyer, Rama Subramniam, Shankaran and Raghu.

4.    “Devdas in Canada” (Urdu) Mono Acting by Zahir Khan

5.      “Alor Asukh” (Bengali) Toronto Bengali Drama Group

6.      “Duryodhan” (Telugu) Mono Acting by Madhusudhan Rao Gattineni

7.      “ 18 plus” (Urdu) Written & Directed by Faiyaz Hyder

Artists: Faiyaz Hyder & Izhar Nabi.                                           

8.    “Lights on Camera Action” (Tamil) Mississauga Creations

9.    “Indian News Real” Mono Acting by Mujeeb Qidwai

 

Jawaid Danish’s Welcome Address:

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Respected Guests, Friends, Collogues. On behalf of RangManch Canda, I welcome you all, to the much awaited and First Time Ever,”Hindustani Drama Festival 2004. This is a very humble presentation of our rich heritage if Indian Theater. For me it is Dream Comes True. Let me quote an Urdu Couplet, a Sher of famous poet Majrooh Sultanpuri, to express my sentiments.

 

    MaiN Akela hi chala tha Janib-e-Manzil Magar

    Loog sath Aatey gaye aur KarvaN banta gaya

 

I ventured alone in this journey, bur soon people started joining me, and Lo we have a Caravan here. Yes a Caravan of theater lovers, a Caravan of talented Artists from various language and culture.I am sure each one present here are well aware of Shakespeare, but when we ask a Tamil group about an Urdu stage or vice versa, they are not familiar. Same is in North India versa South India. We are happy in our own little Island of culture and theater. Bur now “RamgManch Canada” has taken up the task of making bridges between Languages in our own Island. I am happy that I am not alone today. I have 10 different presentations with me today. Today we will write a new history of sharing and caring in our theater.

I have a very simple philosophy of life, tolerance, acceptance and love. Unless we start tolerating others, we will not accept them, and once you start accepting others, you are bond to love them.

Lets start this love theory in theatre from today. With this I would like to invite Honorable Minister of Transport Mr. Harender Takhar to inaugurate this  festival and encourage us with his comments.

 

 

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