Reinvigorating. A worthy tribute. An experimental play desiring a lot more. But an experimental play ingrained with the necessary love, respect and energy.’ Zard Patoon ka bun jo mera des hai’ is as a tribute to Faiz on the centennial of his birth. The play, directed by Zain Ahmed, is being presented by the National Academy of Performing Arts at Arts Council of Pakistan.
The play is experimental as instead of following a script, the dialogue is entirely based on Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poems. A brilliant idea but it definitely made the execution bit difficult. Sometimes the audience needed a little time to assimilate the meaning of a verse but the format did not allow it.
The strongest point of the play was its music which was composed by Arshad Mahmud and supervised by sitar ace Nafees Ahmed. Performed in front of house full of diverse mix of people, the play received accolades from all. The diversity of audience was a pleasant surprise. From faded jeans wearing teenagers to three piece suited oldies, ‘zikr-e-faiz’ attracted many.
Some may argue that celebrating faiz has become yet another trend in our confused society.
But what a trend!