Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Safdar Hashmi

Today is the 30th death anniversary of Safdar Hashmi, a playwright, theatre actor,director and activist.A pioneer in street theatre, he was a founder member of JANAM, an acronym for Jan Natya Manch, which grew out of Indian Peoples Theatre Association. He had worked as a journalist and also made documentaries and TV serials.He took up issues like, peasant distress, women empowerment, dowry etc , which formed the theme of his plays.
He died this day in 1989, his troupe having been attacked the previous day while staging a play, Halla Bol .Undaunted by his murder, his wife Moloyashree Hashmi defiantly staged the play at the same venue two days after his death.In February,1989, the late writer Bhisham Sahni along with some other artistes, formed the Sardar Hashmi Memorial Trust ( SAHMAT ). Am movie Halla Bol inspired by him was made by Rajkumar Santoshi in 2008.
He was not even 35 at the time of his death.

Our humble tributes !

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