Sunday, August 8, 2010

Desi Natak at NCA Department of Theatre Rawalpindi

Originally printed in The News, 24th February 2007

RAWALPINDI: Feb 24: The National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi campus, will launch a four-day festival - Desi Natak - on March 22 to mark the opening of its theatre department.Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday, the festival director, Claire Pamment said the event would include performances by folk theatre artists, an international conference and an exhibition to pay tribute o legendary folk theatre artists.She said popular artists Arif Lohar, Fazal Jutt, Babar and Javed Niazi along with upcoming artists from Faisalabad and Lahore - Habib Rafiq, Hassan Abbas and Bushra Malangi would entertain the audience.
Ms Pamment said the conference would be attended by renowned academics including Dr Kathy Foley (US), Brahma Prakash (Taiwan), Syed Jamil Ahmed (Bangladesh) and Ahmed Saleem. The participants would explore theatre practice in Pakistan.
She said the production design and decor of the event had been conceptualised by leading sculptor, painter and actor Jamal Shah while popular folk singers Babar and Javed Niazi were organizers of the programme. Renowned plauwright, poet and director Sarmad Sehbai is the artistic director for the programme.

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