Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2016

A love letter to Karachi


Joshinder Chaggar

Joshinder Chaggar, later than completing an inspiring portfolio both as an actor and a dancer, is equipped to bring both for one more contemporary dance drama, Conversations 2016- a love letter to Karachi.

Chaggar stated regarding an hour long performance that “It’s a story, an idea explored purely through movement, with perhaps a monologue or two,” and it has been co-directed by National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) alumnus Sunil Shankar. First, Conversations was performed in 2010 where Chaggar showed her skill for contemporary dance performances and after that, the entire following performances under the ‘Conversations’ label have been its branches.

Chaggar further continued that “The 2013 shows took the experimenting a little further. It was a dark exploration of the idea that in every moment we carry the past with us. And this burden stops us from enjoying the present, with the thoughts constantly scattered,”

The most recent series of performances which are scheduled to happen at the FTC Auditorium amid 28 July and 14 August circle are named A love letter to Karachi. Chaggar also appeared in film Moor, stated that “I have experienced a generosity of an unimaginable kind [in this city]. I feel I’m surrounded by warriors, by the most giving and resilient people I have ever met. And because of them, I am a changed person and I don’t exactly know when it happened, but I have fallen in love with Karachi,”

She further added that the play will discover the ‘rhythm of the city’. Whereas the remarks ‘chaotic’ and ‘unpredictable’ are the initial to be linked with the metropolis of lights, she wants to showcase the fun and positive side of the city through her performance. She continued, “It is never easy for an outsider to enter and attempt to move with the rhythm [of Karachi]. You have to first let go of your judgments and your ego. You have to surrender before the city can open its arms to embrace you. And this is the beginning of the love affair,”

Sunil Shankar is a common denominator in Chaggar’s numerous performances. They two have done jointly The Charmed Ring and The Goat or who is Sylvia, and the two have become associates in crime. Now Shankar will also join Chaggar’s most recent production not only as co-director but also as an actor.

Chaggar praises him as, “He’s a brilliant performer, with a background in yoga, gymnastics, and sports, which is something most people don’t know about him.” She tells Shankar’s style as, “He enjoys working with props and technology, whereas my style is at the other end of the minimalist. So it will be interesting to see what we will come up with working together.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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