New Delhi, Jan. 20 (PTI): Pakistan theatre group Ajoka, whose performance at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav was cancelled, has staged its play Kaun Hai Yeh Gustakh here.
Amid the flare-up of border tension, Ajoka’s performance at the National School of Drama theatre festival was cancelled last Thursday.
The artistes were reportedly heading home but civil society members and the theatre fraternity arranged a show on Saturday at Akshara theatre.
Ajoka theatre director Madeeha Gouhar said: “This was really special. We were so sad that we would go without performing. But this gesture of Indian society has touched us.”
Gopal Sharma, one of the Akshara theatre owners, said he immediately agreed to let out the auditorium when approached by activists and theatre personalities.
“I felt bad that the play was cancelled. The Pakistani group was invited here and then their plays were cancelled. It reflects badly on our liberal and tolerant culture,” Sharma said.
Theatre personality Arvind Gaur said: “We felt we wouldn’t be able to face ourselves if they left without performing.”