Spring 2024

New Narratives of Old Wars: Testimonios from the Co-Madres of El Salvador

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Heider Tun Tun, Ruby Steigerwald, and Inez Steigerwald  I think there are things that cannot be repaired. These are events that leave people and families damaged. Yes, the man who killed Juan Carlos is indeed in prison, but his life will never return. Few have been able to find even a little justice because there…

Performing Chup: Resonance Across Borders

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Karachi, Feb 10, 2018Director: Sunil ShankerPlaywright: Fawad KhanAssistant Director: Joshinder Chagger CastBakhtawar Mazhar as FATIMA (Ammi)Sunil Shanker as PAPA Kaif Ghaznavi as RABIA Haya Fatimah as ZARAFawad Khan as SALMAN Bombay, Aug 6, 2023Parakh TheatreDirector: Tarun KumarPlaywright: Fawad Khan CastChitra Mohan as FATIMA (Ammi)Tarun Kumar as PAPASudeepta Singh as RABIARiya Sharma as ZARAManish Tandon as…

Amaithi as Stillness: Holding Palestine in the Batticaloa Justice Walk

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The Batticaloa Justice Walk Five of us regular ‘walkers’ in the Batticaloa Justice Walk sat down to talk about what it has meant to carry with us the news from Palestine and stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine since the beginning of the onslaught on October 7th. The conversation was set up to…

A Haunting, Howling Chup: Literature and Ecology of Violence

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Abdul Aijaz How do you tell a tale that resists narration and yet screams to be told? How do you weave a narrative around a “chup” that  is haunted by what it cannot say. How to share a story that so clearly unveils what it does not tell? In the play Chup, Fawad Khan explores the…

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Ather Zia I want to talk about a photograph. I am a journalist. Often journalists do not go too deep into a story. But I do, because I did not choose journalism, it chose me. I need to. The story is of a photograph and of a man in it. Sigh. Yes, a man. The photo…

इंतिफ़ादा | Intifada | انتفادہ

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अशोक कुमार पाण्डेय | Ashok Kumar Pandey | اشوک کمار پانڈے   उसने कहा मर जाना चाहिए इन सबको ग़ज़ा पर गिरना चाहिए परमाणु बम वेस्ट बैंक के लिए मशीनगनें काफ़ी हैं इतने सारे मुल्क हैं दुनिया में चलें जाएँ थोड़े-थोड़े हर मुल्क में जानवर ही तो हैं दो हाथ-दो पैरों वाले चार मंज़िले घर…

Introducing AGITATE! Volume 5

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Stories and Ecologies of Violence:Walking Together in Solidarity and Silence/ Chup Abdul Aijaz and Richa Nagar I will tell you something about stories,[he said]they aren’t just entertainment.Don’t be fooled.They’re all we have, you seeAll we have to fight off illness and death. Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony. What are stories, after all, if not an occasion…

In the Absence of a Corpse

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Soibam Haripriya So, what should we do in the absence of a corpse? I heard he died in trainingIn Bangladesh or BurmaWhat day do we choose for the Shraddh?Is this better than the stench ridden corpse?The son of the neighbour next doorReclaimed three days lateDeath degrading itself into stench The mother says “He isn’t deadI…

Silence | Chup

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Fawad Khan      Suggested citation:

Buried Waters

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Efadul Huq Artist’s Note in this visual poem, i return to my journeys with dhaka’s rivers, all of which are under unceasing violence from land developers filling the rivers with sand to produce saleable urban land. the cracked lines in this piece were digitally traced from a photograph i took when walking along sand plots…

Carrying Silences Across Borders: Tarun Kumar Speaks with Abdul Aijaz and Richa Nagar

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चुप्पियाँ और सरहदें: तरुण कुमार के साथ अब्दुल ऐजाज़ और ऋचा नागर की बातचीत Tarun Kumar, Abdul Aijaz, & Richa Nagar ऐजाज़ व ऋचा/ Aijaz & Richa:तरुण, आप और परख फ़वाद ख़ान द्वारा लिखित नाटक ‘चुप’ तक कैसे पहुँचे? जब आपने इसे पहली बार पढ़ा तो कैसा महसूस हुआ? आपने क्यों और कैसे तय किया…

Playing With Silence: Fawad Khan Speaks with Richa Nagar and Abdul Aijaz

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Fawad Khan, Richa Nagar & Abdul Aijaz Aijaz & Richa: Fawad, we would like to begin by asking about your general vision of literature. How does theatre—and especially, the medium of play/ khel/ naatak/ drama—give life to that vision? What do you want to play with in your plays? Fawad: I think of all arts…

चुप्पी की बोली: एक मंथन

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chuppī kī bolī: ek manthan   प्रस्तुति: ऋचा नागर interwoven by richa nagar from collective reflections of parakh theatre group & chup’s audiences in mumbai roman transliteration by gwendolyn kirk & richa nagar   चुप्पी की बोली chuppī kī bolī मैं इस नाटक के पल-पल से जुड़ गयी, सिर्फ़ एक इंसान होने के नाते, क्योंकि…

Act One: The Multan Railway Station

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Abdul Aijaz  Stories tend to have fascinating ways of traveling and intersecting with each other. They spill over, merge, or flow side by side on their subterranean paths, or jostle as torrents to be entangled in each other’s flows. Like travelers at a railway station, they squeeze past each other to continue on to their…