Lahore (Qasim Ali) – Ajoka theatre presented a special show of evergreen play “Bullah” at Alhmara art center Mall Road Lahore last evening. The play was inspired by historical events occurred in the era of great Sufi Poet Baba Bulleh Shah and highlights the message of peace, tolerance and religious harmony. The play got outstanding response from a large appreciative audience.
Directed by Ajoka’s artistic director Madeeha Gohar the play gave an insight about life events of Bulleh shah as communicated through his poetry, historical records and popular myths. Bulleh Shah (1680-1758) lived in the times of downfall of the Mughal Empire, characterized by conflicts, rebellions, civil & religious strife and ideological and political chaos. The play reveals all such historical references and Bulleh Shah’s famous poetry have also been used to enrich the production. The play has widely been performed in Pakistan, India, Middle East, Denmark and other countries as well.
Ajoka executive director Shahid Nadeem who has written the play said that Ajoka have always projected the message of peace and love through its productions, this performance is part of Ajoka’s struggle for revival of socially relevant and meaningful theatre in Pakistan. It’s also Ajoka’s tribute to mystic legend whose became beacon of hope and humanism in his respective time span, he added.
The cast of the play includes veteran artist Asim Bukhari, Usman Raaj, Kamran Mujahid, Nayab Faiza, Usman Choudhry and Usman Zia. The performance was organized in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council.