Cultural Events at Azadi Chowk: Musicians, Singers, Performers extend solidarity in support of JNUSU’s ongoing Indefinite Hunger Strike.

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May 3rd, 9 PM

  • An evening of music with Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar at 9 PM.

May 4th, 9 PM

  • “Dekho Jag Bauraana: Songs of Kabir & Other Poets” by Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi, with Gopal Chouhan on Manjiras.

(Through songs and conversation Shabnam and Vipul will explore ideas of freedom, identity and the challenge of interrogating the self and the world, as expressed in Bhakti and Baul oral traditions.)

MAY 5TH, 9 PM ONWARDS: CULTURAL VIGIL

  • SANJEEV FROM JANWADI LEKHAK SANGH – ANCHOR
  • ALI JAVED-POETRY
  • ASHOK VAJPEYI-POETRY
  • IPTA, JNU SONGS
  • JANAM -STREET PLAY -56 CHAATI
  • KAJAL GHOSH- SONGS
  • MANGLESH DABRAL- POETRY
  • RAGHU RAM – SINGING
  • RIA KRISHNATRAYE- DANCE PERFORMANCE-TBC
  • SANJAY RAJOURA- STAND UP
  • SHANKAR & FRIENDS FROM MKSS-SONGS WITH PUPPETS
  • SHEFALI FROST & SOHAIL HASHMI- POETRY AND SINGING
  • SNEHA CHAKRADHAR- DANCE PERFORMANCE
  • SYEDA HAMEED & RENE SINGH- POETRY AND SINGING
  • VISHNU NAGAR-POETRY

 

MAY 6TH, 8 PM ONWARDS- PUBLIC MEETING

  • OVAIS SULTAN KHAN- ANCHOR
  • A C Michael- FORMER DELHI MINORITY COMMISSION
  • AMIT SENGUPTA- JOURNALIST
  • ASGHAR WAJAHAT- WRITER
  • FARAH NAQVI
  • HARSH MANDER-WRITER , ACTIVIST, AMAN BIRADARI
  • INDU PRAKASH-FACT
  • ISHA KHANDELWAL – JAGDALPUR LEGAL AID GROUP
  • JENIS FRANCIS –LAWYER
  • JOHN DAYAL- HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
  • KIRAN SHAHEEN- RIGHT TO WATER CAMPAIGN
  • MANISHA SETHI-JTSA
  • MURLI MANOHAR PRASAD SINGH- JALES
  • PRAMOD SINGH- LAWYER
  • RAJNI TILAK- NACDOR
  • RITUPARNA BORAH- NAZARIYA
  • RIZWAN QAISER- HISTORIAN, JAMIA
  • SAHBA FAROOQI- AIDWA
  • SEEMA MUSTAFA
  • SHABNAM HASHMI-ANHAD
  • SUKUMAR MURALIDHARAN- JOURNALIST
  • WILSON BEZWADA- SAFAI KARAMCHARI ANDOLAN
  • KAVITA SRIVASTAVA- PUCL

Sumangala Damodaran singing songs of resistance

 

Majma singing ‘Hum Ladenge Saathi’ by Paash at the JNU Azadi Chowk

Songs of Resistance – Medley by Majma

 

Majma sings ‘Hille Le Jhakjhor Duniya’ at JNU Azadi Chowk

Sudhanva Deshpande of Jana Natya Manch recites Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s famous poem “Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hai Tere” (Speak, for your lips are free) at the JNU Azadi Chowk

 

Safdar Hashmi, charismatic playwright, theatre activist and founding member of Jana Natya Manch, was killed on 1 January 1989 during the performance of the play ‘Halla Bol’ (Raise Your Voice). One of the slogans in the massive marches following his martyrdom was “Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hai Tere, Halla Bol, Halla Bol” (Speak, for your lips are free, Raise your voice, Raise your voice). If “Halla Bol” was a rallying cry of that time, “JNU” has today become synonymous with “Raise your voice”, says Sudhanva.

In this performance, as the poem is recited, one half of the audience chants in chorus, “Halla Bol”, while the others say, “JNU”.

The translation of the poem is as follows:

“Speak, for your lips are free;
Speak, your tongue is still yours,
Your upright body is yours –
Speak, your life is still yours.

See how in the blacksmith’s shop
The flames are hot, the iron is red,
Mouths of locks have begun to open,
Each chain’s skirt has spread wide.

Speak, this little time is plenty
Before the death of body and tongue:
Speak, for truth is still alive –
Speak, say whatever is to be said.”

Jana Natya Manch performs Akhiri Khat

Tu Zinda Hai to Zindagi Ki Jeet Par Yakin Kar

Students sing “We Shall Overcome” in Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Assamese and English