‘Incredible things happen when women support each other,’ is not just another cliché. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Swaang is the first theatrical troupe in Islamabad conceived, produced, sponsored and launched by two sisters, Sanober Nazir and Kanwal Ajmal.
Sanober Nazir is a leftist and was associated with Dastak Group under the auspicious supervision of Mr. Aslam Azhar and Mr. Mansoor Saeed in Karachi. Sanober kept herself involved in various theatrical productions.
The other sister is Ms. Kanwal Ajmal, a passionate dancer promoting Indian dance forms. To her credit are performances in Canada and Dubai through various platforms.
Swaang, also known as Swang or Svang, is a popular folk dance–theater form in Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Swang incorporates suitable theatrics and mimicry accompanied by song and dialogue. It is oriented on dialogue rather than movement.
Swang/Saang performance was active at the time of Kabir Sant and Guru Nanak. SWAANG is most appropriately named by the sister duo of their theater troupe.
Swaang’s first presentation was to be held on Saturday, the 8th of January, 2022. And just two days before staging the play at Lok Virsa in Islamabad, they were intimated of immediate cancellation of the play due to some bureaucratic move….
However, Sanober and Kanwal are full of commitment and vigor to make good things happen in this muggy season and, not so much dry and high city anymore, let loose their horses.
The Play Happened!
And bravo! It happened with a bang!
A family affair after the rain!
A weekend getaway, an escape much needed to be enjoyed with young and old, together and cozy: ‘Mein nay Kuch nahin kia’.
The comic murder mystery theater play is written and directed by Safeer Ullah Khan, who is a known and respectable figure in the theater fraternity. He, for the past 15 years, has been associated with drama and stage.
‘Maine Nay Kuch Nahi Kiya’ is a drama consisting of 10 passionate cast members who have been associated with different theater groups. It is a family theater play highlighting mysterious circumstances with a touch of comedy. The purpose of this play is to promote and inculcate the cultural and performing arts values within the society.
Few actors immediately caught the audience’s eye with their life-like interpretation of the characters awarded to them. ‘Chandio’ the police tout, ‘bulbul’ the police warden, ‘the delirious’ crazy enough to speak the truth! Dramaturgical is an understatement to describe their debut.
Amateurs, as most of the cast is, didn’t fail to leave their mark on the viewers. Though there was one character of a female media reporter played noticeably hammy, artificial and unnatural.
‘Mein nay Kuch nahin kia’ draws our attention to many stark truths of our society. Some truths, narrated through bold comic rendition and some sublimely, subtlety through facial expressions and gestures.
Love, infidelity and revenge! Making us smile, then laugh and, like changing the lenses out of nowhere, moisten our eyes with the insecurities that run thicker than blood and sometimes clog the veins of life!
On the 8th and 9th of January, the Lok Virsa media center Islamabad was Housefull.
Needless to say, how people enjoyed going to the theater craving for some family entertainment which actually came up to the standard of their sense of humor.
Dil lagaya tha Dil lagi Kay Liye….
A true Masala production if you know what I mean by SWAANG!
Go watch out for more entertainment by the two sisters’ troupe…. worth your time and definitely better than spending on monotonous food outlets with different price ranges.