Luminaries of Indian Cinema, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, render stage tribute to the Life of Kaifi Azmi….reports Asian Lite News
After sell-out shows across USA, Canada, India and the UAE, UK now plays host to the critically acclaimed theatrical presentation, Kaifi Aur Main, presented by ZEE TV and Spectrum Events, taking place on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; and Sunday 4th September 2016 at Indigo at The 02, London.
The stage production pays tribute to renowned Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, recounting the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines live music and stage drama.
The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life set against the socio-political backdrop of pre-independent India, simultaneously exploring his celebrated works and love story that has inspired generations. The production is brought to life by luminaries of Indian cinema, veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, and renowned poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, interwoven with ghazals and evergreen Bollywood film songs rendered by ghazal maestro, Jaswinder Singh, complimented by a live orchestra.
Widely regarded as one of India’s finest actresses, Shabana Azmi has championed multiple genres across both mainstream and independent cinema, as well as the mediums of theatre and television. Garnering an impressive list of awards along her career journey, she is the recipient of a record five, National Film Awards for Best Actress and the coveted Padma Bhushan award from the Indian government among other accolades.
Poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, is one of India’s most lauded artistic talents, with some of his most successful works attributed to the period 1971 – 1982, as one half of screenwriting duo, Salim-Javed. Together, they penned some of the most seminal films in the history of Indian cinema. Among his accomplished list of honours is the Padma Bhushan award, the Padma Shri award and 18 Filmfare awards.
Having previously performed over 300 live concerts globally, Jaswinder Singh renders the ghazals of popular poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Daag, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi, having previously trained under the tutelage of Dr Sushila Pohankar, Pt. Ajay Pohankar and the world-renowned Jagjit Singh.
Kaifi Aur Main:
Saturday 3rd September: Symphony Hall
The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA
Doors open 6.30pm; Show starts 7.00pm
Sunday 4th September: Indigo at The O2
Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Doors open 6.30pm; Show starts 7:30pm