Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thriving on metaphors

Everyone who walked out of Bandra Fort on Sunday after interacting with Gulzar and Intezar Hussain took those metaphors home. The foremost writers of India and Pakistan shared a stage for two hours but the experience will last for long.

A line-up of recognisable faces had occupied the front row. There was Vidya Balan, Javed Siddiqi, theatre director Salim Arif, Deepti Naval and singer Mitali Singh. Balan was there as a "huge fan of Gulzar Saab" and narrated a verse in his honour that had been written by "another fan", producer-director Vishal Bhardwaj.

Right at the start, the event served to remind people that folktales and legends have for generations inspired writers of all nations and cultures. Gulzar, who admits to feeling besieged for having used a half-line of 'Ibn-E-Batoota' by Sarveshwar Dayal for a film song, must have been relieved to see Intizar Hussain tell his version of a Panchatantra story to his Indian listeners.

Full report here Times of India

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