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Suppressed Voices
an exploration in performance art

An evening of live theater, music, song and dance, showcasing voices that have lived despite all odds

featuring an amazing array of talented artists from the bay area

A presentation by Friends of South Asia in association with EKTA
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$25 (show + dinner)
$15 (student)
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mf hussain - raagmala Saturday Dec 18, 6pm
Mehran Restaurant[map]
5774 Mowry School Rd
Newark, CA 94560
In the milieu of ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural streaks of infinite shades that is South Asia, there are some voices that are heard, and many others that are either ignored or brutally suppressed.  Suppressed Voices will bring to the fore, some of the most feeble, yet most expressive, of South Asian voices.

Using a variety of art-forms - theater, music, song and dance - and featuring works spanning centuries - from a kaafis by Guru Nanak, to the ecstatic sufi compositions of Bullhay Shah, to revolutionary poetry by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Dalit poetry, to name a few - the show weaves together a diverse narrative of voices living and breathing despite all odds.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
mf hussain sitar player
The show, a series of skits tightly woven together, unfolds as a dramatic portrayal of voices rising up in the face of suppression, in various contexts in South Asia. Using satire, irony and sharp wit, and contexts we can all relate to, the show challenges us to ponder some of society's burning questions such as - What is identity? Why do we draw these boundaries around nationality, language, and ethnicity? Why does society still dictate what a woman can and can't do? Who determines what is "cultured" art and what is "uncultured" art?

The show derives its strength in large part from the amazing body of work it draws upon. Poets and writers whose works are featured include Habib Jalib,  Bullhay Shah, Shah Hussain, Guru Nanak, Saadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Venkanna, a Dalit poet/singer - who have all written eloquently about the burning issues of their (and our) times, and challenged authority in the face of dire consequences.

Theatrical Performances By
various bay-area artists


Ustad Surinder Mann (Tabla) with Tina Mann 
- A disciple of the world-renowned tabla player Late Ustad Allah Rakha, Ustad Mann has been playing Tabla since the age of six. Currently he teaches tabla, sitar and vocal at the Mann Music Academy in Sunnyvale, CA.

SAWAAZ (Musical Ensemble) -
Sawaaz is a SF-bay-area based Pakistani-American music band.


Directed By: Moazzam Sheikh

Born in Lahore, Moazzam Sheikh is a writer who currently makes his home in San Francisco. He is the editor of "A Letter from India: Contemporary Short Stories from Pakistan" [Penguin Books India] , which was published in January 2004.  He is one of the founding members of Another Subcontinent, an online journal and forum on south asian society and culture.

Written by: Shikha Malaviya and Moazzam Sheikh
Shikha Malaviya is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Monsoon Magazine
- an electronic journal and web-portal that is dedicated to the creation and sustenance of a vibrant dialogue between emerging and established South Asian practitioners of the creative arts, along with its supporters.

Produced by: Ijaz Syed

Ijaz Syed has been an activist right from his college days in Pakistan. He has continued that trend here in the bay area, and one is of the founding members of Friends of South Asia.

Presented by Friends of South Asia in association with EKTA.
Special thanks to our individual sponsors - Khwaja Ashraf and Zain Jeewanjee.

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