LAHORE - The Ajoka Theatre launched a book of its three famous Punjabi plays written by Shahid Mehmood Nadeem at Alhamra Arts Council.

The event was part of celebrations of Shahid’s outstanding contribution to Pakistan’s contemporary theatre.

The plays include Anhi Maai da Sufna, Bala King and Lo phir Basant Ayee.

Human Rights Commission Pakistan’s IA Rehman graced the ceremony as chief guest and spoke very highly about Shahid Nadeem creative journey and subjects he highlighted through his productions.

Scholars from leading educational institutes including Sobia Mubarik, Ali Usman and Sameer Afzal presented their research papers highlighting the social and constructive facets of Ajoka’s plays,

Eminent literary personalities such as professor Ishtiaq Ahmad, Pr. Paren Boga , Ajoka’s artistic director Madeeha Gohar, Lahore Arts council’s executive director Atta Muhammad Khan , Hassan Jaffer Zaidi , Shaista Sirajud din and other speakers praised Shahid Nadeem’s  excellent contribution for revival of socially relevant and meaningful theatre in Pakistan. 

A video presentation on the achievement of Shahid was also screened in the hall.

In the end of ceremony Shahid Nadeem thanked all the participants and announced that Ajoka is working on a new play titled ‘Charring Cross’ which will be premiered on January 29 at Alhamra Hall 1. The play is a musical epic primarily based on the major political and social changes in Pakistan landscape with Lahore’s Charring Cross as a witness.