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PRESS RELEASE | KAFI AUR MAIN featuring Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Jaswinder Singh

Luminaries of Indian Cinema, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar,

Render Stage Tribute to the Life of Kaifi Azmi

After sell-out shows across USA, Canada, India and UAE, UK now plays host to the critically

acclaimed theatrical presentation, Kaifi Aur Main, presented by ZEE TV and Spectrum

Events, taking place on Saturday 3 rd September at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

The stage production pays tribute to renowned Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, recounting the

beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly

juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines

live music and stage drama.

The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life set against the

socio-political backdrop of pre-independent India, simultaneously exploring his celebrated

works and love story that has inspired generations. The production is brought to life by

luminaries of Indian cinema, veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, and renowned poet, lyricist and

screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, interwoven with ghazals and evergreen Bollywood film songs

rendered by ghazal maestro, Jaswinder Singh, complimented by a live orchestra.

Widely regarded as one of India’s finest actresses, Shabana Azmi has championed multiple

genres across both mainstream and independent cinema, as well as the mediums of theatre

and television. Garnering an impressive list of awards along her career journey, she is the

recipient of a record five, National Film Awards for Best Actress and the coveted Padma

Bhushan from the Indian government among other accolades.

Poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, is one of India’s most lauded artistic talents,

with some of his most successful works attributed to the period 1971 – 1982, as one half of

screenwriting duo, Salim-Javed. Together, they penned some of the most seminal films in

the history of Indian cinema. Among his accomplished list of honours is the Padma Bhushan

award, the Padma Shri award and 18 Filmfare awards.

Having previously performed over 300 live concerts globally, Jaswinder Singh renders the

ghazals of popular poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Daag, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi, having

previously trained under the tutelage of Dr Sushila Pohankar, Pt. Ajay Pohankar and the

world-renowned Jagjit Singh.

Kaifi Aur Main:

Saturday 3rd September: Symphony Hall

The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Doors open 6.30pm; Show starts 7.00pm


Symphony Hall: 0121 780 3333 / 07808 545 633

Prices: £25, £35, £45, £55, £65, £70 VIP & £90 VVIP



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