an exploration in performance art
Dec 18th - Newark
In the milieu of ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural streaks of infinite
shades that is South Asia, there are some voices that are heard, and many
others that are either ignored or brutally suppressed. Suppressed
Voices will bring to the fore, some of the most feeble, yet most expressive,
Using a variety
of art-forms - theater, music, song and dance - and featuring works spanning
centuries - from kaafis by Guru Nanak, to the ecstatic
sufi compositions of Bullhay Shah, to revolutionary poetry by Faiz Ahmed
Faiz, and Dalit poetry, to name a few - the show weaves together a diverse
narrative of voices living and breathing despite all odds.
and Featured Works
The show, a series
of skits tightly woven together, unfolds as a dramatic portrayal of voices
rising up in the face of suppression, in various contexts in South Asia.
Using satire, irony and sharp wit, and contexts we can all relate to,
the show challenges us to ponder some of society's burning questions
such as - What is identity? Why do we draw these boundaries around nationality,
language, and ethnicity? Why does society still dictate what a woman
can and can't do? Who determines what is "cultured" art and what is "uncultured" art?
The show derives its strength in large part from the amazing body of work
it draws upon. Poets whose works are featured include Habib Jalib, Baba Bullhay
Shah, Shah Hussain, Guru Nanak, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Venkanna, a
Dalit poet/singer - who have all written eloquently about the burning issues
of their (and our) times, and challenged authority in the face of dire consequences.
by various bay-area
Ustad Surinder Mann (Tabla) - A disciple of the
world-renowned tabla player Late Ustad Allah Rakha, Ustad Mann has been playing
Tabla since the age of six. Currently he teaches tabla, sitar and vocal at
the Mann Music Academy in Sunnyvale, CA.
Ensemble) - Sawaaz is a SF-bay-area
based Pakistani-American music band.
Directed By: Moazzam Sheikh
Born in Lahore, Moazzam Sheikh is a writer who currently makes his home in
San Francisco. He is the editor of "A Letter from India: Contemporary Short
Stories from Pakistan" [Penguin Books India] , which was published in January
Written by: Shikha Malaviya and Moazzam
Shikha Malaviya is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Monsoon Magazine - an electronic journal and web-portal that is dedicated
to the creation and sustenance of a vibrant dialogue between emerging and
established South Asian practitioners of the creative arts, along with its
Produced by: Ijaz Syed
Ijaz Syed has been
an activist right from his college days in Pakistan. He has continued
that trend here in the bay area, and one is of the founding members
of Friends of South Asia.
DEC 18th, 6PM
Newark, CA 94560 [map]
5774 Mowry School Rd
$25 (show + dinner)
(show + dinner)
Limited seating. To reserve seats, email