On September 19, 2019 the third round of Khokha Natak began with a performance titled “chārpaʼī aur culture".
An enactment of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s short story by the same name, chārpaʼī aur culture was a humorous performance that generated frequent peals of laughter from the audience. Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi was played by Jawad Ghulam, who narrated the story while also enacting its events. His emphatic oration and lively acting brought the hilarity of the story to life. Equally enjoyable were the performances of Nida Hassan as Mirza, Hammad Bilal as Manto, and Javeria Hasnain as Mirza’s daughter. The actors were able to capture the essence of a bustling household while using only one central prop: a makeshift chārpaʼī created by joining tables together. This chārpaʼī was upturned, turned into a ladder, and fought over to demonstrate its many uses and misuses in a traditional Pakistani household.
The fact that the team managed to put on an engaging and hilarious performance without the use of specialized equipment or an elaborate set demonstrates the immense potential of street theater. The Khokha Natak team will present four more performances during the course of the fall semester.