exploration in performance art
An evening of live
theater, music, song and dance, showcasing voices that have
despite all odds
featuring an amazing array of talented artists
from the bay area
A presentation by Friends of South
Asia in association with EKTA
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$25 (show + dinner)
Dec 18, 6pm
5774 Mowry School Rd
In the milieu of ethnic, religious,
and cultural streaks of
infinite shades that is South Asia, there are some voices that are
heard, and many others that are either ignored or brutally
suppressed. Suppressed Voices
will bring to the fore, some of the most feeble, yet most expressive,
of South Asian voices.
art-forms - theater, music, song and dance - and
featuring works spanning centuries - from a kaafis by Guru Nanak, to the
compositions of Bullhay Shah, to revolutionary poetry by Faiz Ahmed
Faiz, and Dalit poetry, to name a few - the show weaves together a
diverse narrative of
voices living and
breathing despite all odds.
AND FEATURED WORKS
The show, a series of
skits tightly woven together, unfolds as a dramatic portrayal of voices
rising up in the face of suppression, in various contexts in South
Asia. Using satire, irony and sharp wit, and contexts we can all relate
to, the show challenges us to ponder some of society's burning
questions such as - What is identity? Why do we draw these boundaries
around nationality, language, and ethnicity? Why does society still
dictate what a woman can and can't do? Who determines what is
"cultured" art and what is "uncultured" art?
The show derives its strength in large part from the amazing body of
work it draws upon. Poets and writers whose works are featured include Habib Jalib,
Bullhay Shah, Shah Hussain, Guru Nanak, Saadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Venkanna, a
Dalit poet/singer - who have
all written eloquently about the burning issues of their (and our)
times, and challenged authority in the face of dire consequences.
|Theatrical Performances By
Ustad Surinder Mann (Tabla) with Tina Mann - A
disciple of the
world-renowned tabla player Late Ustad Allah Rakha, Ustad Mann has been
Tabla since the age of six. Currently he
teaches tabla, sitar and vocal at the Mann Music Academy in
Ensemble) - Sawaaz is a
SF-bay-area based Pakistani-American music band.
Directed By: Moazzam
Lahore, Moazzam Sheikh is a writer who
currently makes his home in San Francisco. He is the editor of "A
Letter from India: Contemporary Short Stories from Pakistan" [Penguin
Books India] , which was published in January 2004. He is one of
the founding members of Another
Subcontinent, an online journal and forum on south asian society
Written by: Shikha
Shikha Malaviya is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Monsoon Magazine - an electronic journal and
web-portal that is dedicated to the creation and sustenance of a
between emerging and established South Asian practitioners of the
arts, along with its supporters.
Produced by: Ijaz Syed
has been an activist right from his college days in Pakistan.
He has continued that trend here in the bay area, and one is of the
founding members of Friends of South Asia.
|Presented by Friends of South Asia in
association with EKTA.
Special thanks to our individual sponsors - Khwaja Ashraf and Zain