Jashn-e-Faiz: Theatrics of a suicide bomber
‘Mano Yazdan’ was presented by the Dhaaba Art Movement. The group, pioneered by Abdullah Qamer and Zeewaqar Sajid, both students of Visual Studies Department of University of Karachi, aims to promote art including through street performances and street exhibitions.
The play started off with a young man buried under the set made of Plaster of Paris representing the hot boiling lava of hell, with only his neck sticking out. Through the conversation between the man and a voice it appeared that the young man was being tortured for carrying out a suicide bombing activity.
The man justified his act stating these suicide acts necessary to make the people realize that they have strayed away from the real essence of Islam hence it’s his duty to punish mankind. The moans and groans produced by a group of students behind the curtain added to the atmosphere.
The audience was then asked to turn around as the remaining part of the play was enacted at the other end of the room. It was soon apparent that the previous scene was basically a dream of a man chosen to carry out the next bombing activity. He was being congratulated but he seemed distressed. His lack of commitment to the task infuriated the man congratulating him, leading to an argument between both men. That is when the play took a dramatic turn and left the audience stunned as the to-be suicide bomber threw a plethora of questions towards the audience asking what should be done to resolve the existing problems? Following a moment of silence which kept people thinking, there was a burst of applause.
It was all in all a good performance by the students, despite the lack of a proper lighting system.
— Fatima Zaidi