27 & 28 Apr,
Fri & Sat, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall
(1h 30m, no intermission)
$35*, $60*, $80
*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
Limited student tickets at $10
Performed in English and Urdu
An enchanting evening of lyrical Urdu poetry, and discussion with acclaimed poet Javed Akhtar and his wife, renowned actress Shabana Azmi
Javed Akhtar, noted Indian script writer, lyricist and poet, and his wife Shabana Azmi, renowned actress and activist come together for a mesmerising evening of lyrical Urdu poetry followed by invigorating conversation on poetry, cinema, the arts and social issues – topics close to their hearts. Javed, an eminent writer who is also a social activist and commentator, will recite a selection of his poetry in Urdu while Shabana complements his recitation with translations of the poems into English.
The two hail from well-known Indian families distinguished in the arts. Javed continues a family lineage of Urdu writers spanning seven generations. Shabana is the daughter of Kaifi Azmi, considered to be one the greatest Urdu poets of 20th century, and her mother Shaukat Kaifi a well-known stage actress. Both have the distinct honour of being given the National Award five times in their respective fields with three of them in a row - an unparalleled achievement. They are also the only couple in the history of India’s Parliament who have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha ( the Upper House ) by the President of India
An enchanting 90 minutes of poetry and discussion with the power couple.