Remembering Habib Tanvir

Habib Tanvir died today.

I haven't met the man. I saw him once, when I was in IISc, 2002 I think, when he had come there to stage his adaptation of Asghar Wajahat's 'Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya O Janmya Hi Nahi'. I can still remember the play vividly, scene by scene, 7 years later.

Here's a snippet from the play I got from YouTube:-

He was trained abroad, but he found this revolutionary method by employing his native Chhattisgarhi 'nautanki' to show some of India's finest plays, including an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. And it was this method that made his plays so memorable - there was dance, music, tamasha, humour and a lot more.

The only other genius who could have matched him was Safdar Hashmi, had he not been murdered so early in his life.

Peace be upon you, Habib Tanvir.


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