Luminaries of Indian Cinema, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar along with ghazal maestro Jaswinder Singh present a stage tribute to the life of Kaifi Azmi.
After sell-out shows across USA, Canada, India and UAE, Birmingham now plays host to the critically acclaimed theatrical presentation, Kaifi Aur Main, presented by ZEE TV, Spectrum Events and East End Foods.
— Spectrum Events (@Spectrum_London) August 16, 2016
Juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through live music and stage drama,
the production pays tribute to renowned Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, recounting the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi and reflecting his life’s journey and struggles against the socio-political backdrop of pre-independent India.
The production is brought to life by luminaries of Indian cinema, – veteran actress,Shabana Azmi, and renowned poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar,with ghazals and evergreen Bollywood film songs rendered by ghazal maestro,Jaswinder Singh, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Regarded as one of India’s finest actresses, Shabana Azmi has championed multiple genres across both mainstream and independent cinema, as well as the mediums of theatre and television. Garnering an impressive list of awards along her career journey, she is the recipient of a record five National Film Awards for Best Actress and the coveted Padma Bhushan from the Indian government.
Poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, is one of India’s most lauded artistic talents, producing some of his most successful works from 1971 – 1982, as one half of screenwriting duo, Salim-Javed. Together, they penned some of the most seminal films in the history of Indian cinema. Among his accomplished list of honours is the Padma Bhushan award, the Padma Shri award and 18 Filmfare awards.
Having performed in more than 300 live concerts globally, Jaswinder Singh renders the ghazals of popular poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Daag, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi, having previously trained under the tutelage of Dr Sushila Pohankar, Pt. AjayPohankar and the world-renowned Jagjit Singh.