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Thursday, July 18th, 2002 - 6:30 PM


Arts and Social Change
An Evening with Habib Tanvir
Meet the legend and learn the craft from a master

302 Barnard Hall, Barnard College
Broadway, between 116th and 117th Street
Manhattan, NYC

A lecture by Habib Tanvir, followed by a Theater Workshop.  No prior experience necessary.  Both events are open, but we recommend preregistration for the Workshop. Please call Raza at 201 413 1633 or email to secure your place.

Suggested donation: $10-15 (sliding scale).

"Tanvir's work is not only village fables but bits of Brecht and The Bourgeois Gentihomme with no apparent differences.  From folk tales to Molière, it's all one seamless movement."
-The London Times

Dearest SALAAM Friends,

I just returned from a trip to Toronto where I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Habib Tanvir - the internationally renowned Indian theatre director who is currently in North America for a brief visit.  After hearing him speak about 'Traditions and Modern Indian Theatre,' as well as discussing his own legendary work and extraordinary process, I'm overjoyed to invite you to an event this THURSDAY evening.  For one night only, you will have the opportunity to hear and meet Dr. Habib Tanvir, one of the greatest living leftist theater personalities from India.

Dramatist and poet, Padmashree Habib Tanvir is the director of Naya Theatre which he founded in 1959 in Bhopal, India.  Tanvir's Naya Theatre, whose actors are aboriginal folk artists from the Chattisgarb region of central India, combine western classics such as Shakespeare with traditional Indian legends in a breath-taking pop art blend.  Apart from giving performances all over India, Naya Theatre also engages in frequent foreign tours in the former Soviet Union, the UK, and Europe. He is the recipient of many awards including Sangeet Natak Academy Award; the Fringe First Award for his play Charandas Chor at Edinburgh International drama festival; Nandikar Award for Drama; Aditya Vikram Brila Kala Shikhar Award for Theatre; Hindi Sahitya Sangha Bhavabhuti Award for Literature and this year awarded the Padma Bushan, one of India's highest civilian awards, from the Government of India.

Habib Tanvir has succeeded in becoming a legend in his own lifetime.  His life is a chronicle of activism and struggle through the theater, and indeed, despite the short notice, we are fortunate to have a chance to meet him here in the Big Apple.  Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity to meet the man, and learn the craft from a master.  This is especially recommended for those who are interested in drama in any way, as actors, technicians, or plain enthusiasts.

Hope to see you this Thursday.

Peace & Much Love,
Geeta Citygirl
Artistic Director, SALAAM

SALAAM (South Asian League of Artists in AMerica) is a not-for-profit professional theatre company celebrating South Asian American artistic excellence through creative risk-taking and experimentation that challenges all boundaries, connects all peoples and links all the arts.

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