15th April 2009 was witnessed as a day when TISF slot turned into an entertaining session. “Josh Sahab kay Mehmaan” was a joint project of Literary society and Drama society. The whole project and idea was proposed and headed by Syed Qamar Zaidi where the costumes were arranged by members from dramatics society. Original theme was that “Josh Maleeh Abadi” (renowned Urdu poet) invites various prominent poets of their times including Mirza Ghalib, Allama Iqbal, Bahadur Shah Zafar and Zia-ul-Haq Qasmi in an informal gathering. All of these characters were performed by students of TIP except that of Josh which was performed by Qamar Zaidi.
The first episode of the project started with the entrance of “Josh Sahab” (who was the mezbaan) followed by the entries of Zia-ul-Haq Qasmi, Allama Iqbal, Ghalib and Bahadur Shah Zafar. Casual gathering started when all of the poets started chatting; not in normal sentences but in poetic verses. The verses selected were actually parodies of the respective poets written by Sarfraz Shahid, Zia-ul-Haq Qasmi and Qamar Zaidi himself. The most entertaining part of the session was when Mirza Ghalib started putting taunts on his fellow poets where Zia-ul-Haq Qasmi followed him. Surprisingly; we all managed to speak out of the script as well and majority of the dialogues were extempore. Bahadur Shah Zafar, Josh and Allama Iqbal also did their best when they started defending themselves against the ever naughty Qasmi Sahab and Mirza Ghalib. A real time drink was also served to make the afternoon much more real and entertaining. Program ended with a concluding speech by Qamar Zaidi in which he asked for the female students participants for the next episode of Parveen Shakir.
The basic purpose of program was to uplift the declining interest and trend towards Urdu poetry among the youth. A special path of comedy poetry was chosen just because to keep that charm alive in the show and to remind and praise great Urdu poets behind their parodies. Characters performed by students were as;
1) Ali Mukhtaar Khan as Mirza Ghalib
2) Danyal Siddiqui as Bahadur Shah Zafar
3) Rameez Ahmed Khan as Allama Iqbal
4) Osama Amin as Zia-ul-Haq Qasmi
5) Yasir Ali Naeem as the real host of the program
As mentioned earlier; Josh Maleeh Abadi’s character was performed by Qamar Zaidi. Occasion was covered by APNA TV where a large number of students, faculty and staff members were present. Now at last, few names I would like to mention as without them the event was never possible. They include my whole team; Qamar Zaidi, Osama Amin, Ali Mukhtaar (for the dresses), Danyal Siddiqui and Yasir Ali Naeem. Special thanks to Faizan Akram, Adil Farid and Mohsin Butt (man with the camera) for their help and support towards our cause and a huge round of applause for Ali Hafeez and whole TISF team for making the event possible in such a short span of time.
You all did a great job…Cheers!! Awaiting your feedback>>>
Note: We are aware that some of our conversations went vulgar and provocative. In fact; few students are obsessed because of the usage of certain words which went personal. Here, we would like to officially apologize for the comments/verses which actually became personal taunts. Learning from mistakes is that we believe in and from next time we will be much more careful with our selection of verses.