Lebanese star Elissa tweets after on-stage collapse in Dubai

Lebanese singer Elissa collapsed on stage during a performance in Dubai. (Photo: @elissazkh Instagram)
Updated 03 February 2018

Lebanese star Elissa tweets after on-stage collapse in Dubai

Fans of Lebanese superstar Elissa were relieved after the singer confirmed that she was “okay” following an on-stage collapse during a live performance in Dubai on Friday.
Elissa took to Twitter on Saturday to assure her fans that she felt fine after she lost consciousness during her concert in Global Village, and was rushed to the hospital immediately afterwards.
Elissa tweeted: “Thank you for all your well wishes! I love to keep my Dubai concerts memorable. Jokes aside, I'm healthy thank you for ur support.
“I am feeling better. Nothing serious don’t worry! This concert will definitely be memorable! I love you all.
"Thank you for all my fellow artists and friends who tweeted for me. Your compassion helped me recover and I felt blessed to read your comments. It means a lot. Love you all." Celebrities and fans rushed to wish Elissa good heath and hoped for her speedy recovery, describing her as a “strong and faithful woman.”

With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

Ebrahim Al-Kazi. (Social media)
Updated 10 min 11 sec ago

With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

  • Though an icon in India, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots

JEDDAH: India has always been a hub of art and culture. Over the last century, movies emerged as the most expressive cultural medium, and the Indian film industry — commonly known as Bollywood — has since become a powerhouse of world cinema.

One can never do its history justice without mentioning Ebrahim Al-Kazi.

A renowned director and drama teacher, he worked as the director of the prestigious New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) from 1962 to 1977, teaching many well-known future actors and fellow directors, including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Rohini Hattangadi. He also founded the Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

Though an Indian icon, however, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots. His father, Hamad bin Ali Al-Kazi, was a trader from Unaiza in the Kingdom’s Qassim region, who subsequently settled in Pune, India, where Ebrahim was born in 1925. 

Early on in his career, Al-Kazi worked with the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, which included M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, Akbar Padamsee and Tyeb Mehta, who would all later contribute to the design of his sets.

He worked in India, the US and Europe before becoming the director of the NSD, and later of the Asian Theater Institute, and is credited with staging more than 50 plays in his lifetime. He also contributes to the preservation of Indian cultural history through his Al-Kazi Foundation for the Arts.

In February 2015, Al-Kazi was honored at the second Saudi Film Festival in Dammam. He was later quoted in Arab media sources on his Saudi upbringing: “Our father was a firm believer in our cultural roots that went back to Saudi Arabia, and we spoke only Arabic at home. We had a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies who came from Saudi Arabia, and lived as part of our family.

“Arab families (in India) did not mix very much with others, but my father had close ties with people other than Arabs,” he added.

Al-Kazi has also won many prestigious Indian awards. He was the first recipient of Roopwedh Pratishthan’s Tanvir Award in 2004 for his contribution to Indian theater, and in 1966 received the Padma Shri award. He won the Padma Bhushan award in 1991, and was given India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2010.