Safdar Hashmi’ Released by Sagar Sarhadi

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‘Two Plays of Safdar Hashmi’ Released by Sagar Sarhadi

 

Bureau,Odishabarta 

 

Bhubaneswar: Odia translation of two plays of Safdar Hashmi (Hallabol andHatyare) by Mrinal Chatterjee was released by well-known Film Maker and playwright Sagar Sarhadi (of Silsile and Chandni fame) on 11 June 2017 at Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar.

 

Published by Dhenkanal based Sephali communications, this book also has translations of some of Safdar’s poems for Children, his profile and many photographs.

 

Safdar Hashmi was a left-ideology oriented theatre director, writer, activist known for his work on street theatre. He was brutally attacked while his troupe JANAM was performing a play titled Halla Bol (Raise Your Voice!) on 1 January 1989, about 30 kms from Delhi. Hashmi was fatally injured and died the following day. He was 34 then. 

 

Besides a series of street theatres, Hashmi produced several documentaries, including Khilti Kaliyan (Flowers in Bloom), which examined rural empowerment and a TV serial for Doordarshan. Hashmi’s output includes two proscenium plays – an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Enemies (1983) andMoteram ka Satyagraha (with Habib Tanvir, 1988) – many songs, a television series script, poems and plays for children, and documentary films. While committed to radical, popular, and left-wing art, Hashmi refrained from clichéd portrayals, and was not afraid of formal experimentation. He also wrote books critiquing the Indian stage. 

 

His birthday (12 April) is observed as Street theatre Day.  

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