Pakistani group to perform in Indian drama festival

Updated 14 December 2012
0

Pakistani group to perform in Indian drama festival

Pakistan and India may have their decades-long rivalry on contentious political issues, but the track two diplomacy channel via films, arts and music has always provided a solid space for friendship and people to people contact that betrays the diplomatic acrimonies of the two countries.
As India’s prestigious and famed National School of Drama, better known as (NSD) organizes a week-long drama festival in Delhi next January, Pakistani theater group, the National Academy of Performing Art (NAPA), has decided to participate in the festival by performing a series of stage drama shows.
In a telephonic interview with Arab News, NAPA representative Umair Kirmani said that “Mantorama” will be staged during the National School of Drama Festival in Delhi to be held in January next year.
“A large number of drama lovers are expected to watch our performance as Pakistani stage productions are highly appreciated in India. Afterwards it will be performed in Kolkata,” he said.
“This is going to be the third NAPA play in India as we have presented two dramas, Shakuntala and Khwabon Kay Musafir, there before,” he added.
Though cross-culture activities from both countries were halted after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Kirmani is sure that “these kinds of activities will bring people from both sides closer.”
The Pakistan theatre company has further announced that people of Karachi will enjoy watching their two upcoming dramas, ‘Salgirah’ and ‘Sham Bhi Thi Dhuan Dhuan,’ from Dec. 14 to 23 at The Art Council auditorium. Both plays have been directed by Zia Mohyeddin. ‘Salgirah’ has been written by Indian film director, Jawed Siddique, who is well known for his direction in Bollywood super hit ‘Umrao Jaan.’
‘Sham Bhi Thi Dhuan Dhuan’ is the Urdu translation of a Russian drama written by Aleksei Arbuzov. The translation has been rendered by a Bangladeshi, Rafiq Anjum. It is fascinating to see that people from the three major countries of South Asia ­— Pakistan, India and Bangladesh — are involved in the production of NAPA’s plays. It's further fascinating that both the dramas involve only two characters. The role of a man has been played by Rahat Kazmi while of a woman by Naila Jaffery.
NAPA was established by the former President of Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf in 2005 aiming to teach performing arts and music to local students.


‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

Updated 58 min 20 sec ago
0

‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

SINGAPORE: Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realizing the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.
“It looked like the real Kim Jong Un, but later I realized it’s not the real one,” said Sagar Admuthe who was visiting from Mumbai, India, after several selfies with the doppleganger against a backdrop of the city’s bay.
“When you see him, it’s very difficult to make out.”
The Australian-Chinese man posing as the North Korean leader calls himself only Howard X and said he was appearing to wish success for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump to negotiate an end to the North’s nuclear program.
Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium.
“I think the two leaders will sit down and they’re going to have a great time, because really they have the same personality,” he said on Sunday. “They are going to be best friends right after this meeting.”|
Trump signalled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called it off last week, and a White House team was scheduled to depart for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit.
Howard X said Kim’s rise as the third leader of North Korea in 2011 has proved lucrative for him, jump starting a new career in films, commercials and private functions, most often in his home town of Hong Kong.
“I said that guy looks a lot like me, and I thought, wow, I need to do something with this and make some money,” Howard X added.
“This is my normal body,” he said, when asked if he had to put on weight to impersonate the North’s leader. “But he’s fatter, and I can’t catch up ... it’ll damage my health.”
Howard X, who is a musician by training and said he still produces Brazilian music sung in Chinese, said his partner known as Dennis Alan impersonates Trump. Although he could not join him this week, both will return before the summit.
“Hey Donald, I’m already in Singapore, waiting for you to turn up,” Howard X said.