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When the caves spoke

When the caves spoke
Ajanta Ki Taraf, a play by Bahroop based on the short stories of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas will be performed on March 21 at Sammukh, National School of Drama, Mandi House, in the Capital. The play is directed by Arvind Alok.

Ajanta Ki Taraf is an elegant collage of three stories by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, the doyen of progressive literature in Urdu. The key ideas of the three stories - Ajanta Ki Taraf, Zafraan Ke Phool and Meri Maut - merge together to profile a journey from brutality to beauty which India undertakes in her spiritual quest.

A couple, tormented by the communal violence as the aftermath of the Partition, takes refuge in the aesthetic solace of the Ajanta caves but only to be exposed to a destablishing dilemma - what’s eternal, coarseness of cruelty or purity of passion ?

Abbas was an Indian film director, novelist, screenwriter, and a journalist in the Urdu, Hindi and English languages. As a screenwriter, he is considered one of pioneers of Indian parallel or neo-realistic cinema.

March 21
Where- Sammukh, National School of Drama, Mandi House
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