Stories from partition
Partition of the country created two entities forever. They fought and killed each other for no apparent reasons. Was all the bloodshed and trauma justified in a civilised society? asks Asghar Wajahat’s long running play Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhiya O Jamia
Nahi. A family from Lucknow who migrated during Partition was allotted a haveli in Lahore, owned by a Hindu family who were probably killed in bloodshed. An old lady survives. The hostile environment attracts thugs who wanted to kill the old lady. But among all the hostilities, the old lady, along with her sensible neighbours and local priest, wins over the brewing hatred with her affection. Oct 29, 7pm, Shri Ram Centre, 23714307
Making music at the Qutub Minar
With the majestic Qutub Minar forming the backdrop, listen to some celebrated names in the Hindi playback genre – Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Niigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder, KK – at this year’s edition of the Qutub Festival. The co-hosts are Punjabi Academy and the Delhi government’s department of art, culture and languages.
November 4-8. The Qutub Minar complex. Collect passes from Dilli Haat, INA; Dilli Haat, Pitampura; the Delhi Tourism Office at Baba Khadak Singh Marg and Punjabi Academy (DDA, Community Centre, Motia Khan, Pahar Ganj).
Hungary for music
As part of the Delhi International Arts Festival, the opening act will feature Songs from Hungary, a concert by Agnes Herczku (vocals) and Robert Sinha (classical guitar). Herczku is the best-known folk-ethno singer in Hungary, with a talent to interpret folk songs in different styles. She has won the ‘the best world-music album of the year’ prize in Hungary for both 2010 and 2011. Born to an Indian father and Hungarian mother in Budapest in 1973 Sinha graduated from the Dutch Royal Conservatory in May 2006. Since then he has performed at New York, Amsterdam, as well as prestigious Hungarian venues. Oct 31, Purana Qila, 9810040261