Faiz Festival Kicks Off With a Bang: Indian Poet Javed Akhtar, Film Star Shabana Azmi, Tahira Syed Participate

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Highlighters for the coming days include Zia Mohyeddin, Tina Sani and other performances, including art and culture shows

ISLAMABAD (Nov 16, 2018): Indian poet and film lyricist Javed Akhtar along with his wife, film star Shabana Azmi are in Pakistan to attend the 4th Faiz International Festival being held in Lahore–the festival kicked off on Friday with a bang.

The couple said they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan. “We will never forget the love and respect which we received during the visit”, they added.

On the first day of the festival, Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s daughter Saleema Hashmi and Shabana Azmi, the daughter of Kaifi Azmi, held a session recalling the friendship between poet Faiz and Kaifi Azmi.

They exchanged views about both the literary personalities to spread the message of peace, love, humanity and friendship among people of the Subcontinent.

Azmi and her spouse Javed Akhtar also recited poems, besides lauding the poetry of Faiz and Kaifi Azmi.

Later, a play ‘Kala Mainda Bhes,’ written by Shahid Nadeem and directed by Madeeha Gauher, was performed by Ajoka Theater.

Separately, a musical show was organized in which Tahira Syed sang poems written by Faiz. “An evening with Tahira Syeda”, was also held in which the ghazal and folk singer talked candidly with the audience about her life, struggles and story of success.

Shabana Azmi and Saleema Hashmi discuss Faiz and Kaifi friendship, poetry

Moneeza Hashmi, daughter of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, lauded the government’s efforts to make the festival a success in which literary figures from across the world are participating.

She said the festival had become a symbol of love, sensitivity, and care for others, adding that a number of events had been included in the festival, specially for the youth to make them aware about literary personalities and their achievements through plays and stage performances.

The Faiz festival at Alhamra Art Center includes musical evenings, dance performances and theater shows as well as film sessions–all events are free and open for all. Highlighters for the coming days include Zia Mohyeddin, Tina Sani and other performances besides various talks of socio-political nature.

Tahira Syed live performance

Next Tuesday, the Pakistan Academy of Letters will hold a ceremony here to mark Faiz Day.

The ceremony will be held in connection with death anniversary of legendary poet and author Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Parliamentary Secretary for National History and Literary Heritage, Ghazala Saifi will be the guest of honor while Tauseef Tabassum will preside over the ceremony.

Literary figures and poets from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will recite poetry and share their views on the occasion. The event is being arranged in collaboration with Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Munsifeen and Bazm e Ahle Qalam Pakistan.

A wonderful dance performance of students of Lahore Grammar School at Faiz International Festival

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