In February 1989, ASR and Punjab Lok Rahas Theatre Group sponsored a Theatre Festival in which People’s Theatre Groups from Pakistan and India participated. This was the first time since Partition that Indian Theatre was presented in Pakistan.

This joint presentation was a symbol of solidarity, the links and the love between the people of Pakistan and India. In it is also a hope that our people will live in peace and friendship and that Borders that now divide us will cease to keep us apart.

Safdar Hashmi was an activist, a dramatist and above all a unique human being. He was murdered while performing a play from the cause in which he believed.

  1. “Sati” presented by The Indian Theatre Group in Safdar Hashmi Theatre Festival held in Lahore, Pakistan in February 1989.
  2. “Machine” presented by Sanjh Theatre Group Pakistan in Safdar Hashmi Theatre Festival held in Lahore, Pakistan in February 1989.
  3. “Andhare Da Pandh” presented by Punjab Lok Rahas Pakistan, in Safdar Hashmi Theatre Festival held in Lahore in February 1989.
  4. “Communal Riots” presented by the Indian Theatre Group in Safdar Hashmi Theatre Festival held in Lahore, Pakistan in February 1989.
  5. Puppet Show “The Farmer and the Money-Lender” performed by the Tilonia Theatre Group, Rajasthan, India, in Safdar Hashmi Theatre Festival held in Lahore, Pakistan in February 1989.