Ajoka's Journey
1984-2020

Shahid & Madeeha

Introduction

The Ajoka Miracle

Ajoka is considered as some kind of a miracle in the Pakistani social and cultural context. For nearly four decades, Ajoka has waged a war against the forces of obscurantism, extremism and callous commercialism. It has not only linked with the region’s traditional cultural heritage but also infused a new spirit and vibrancy by benefitting from the experiences of the contemporary world of theatre and performing arts.


Ajoka has been a pioneer in many ways: it has established that a socially-relevant quality theatre, which is entertaining as well as educational, is possible in Pakistan, inspite of all the political, social and commercial impediments.Secondly, it has linked our folk heritage with modern techniques and contemporary content. Thirdly, it has practiced a theatre which is modern and not dependent on heavy sets, costumes, and other paraphernalia. And fourthly, it has demonstrated that theatre can play a significant role in spreading the message of peace, love, and enlightenment even in most difficult political or security situations within the country and in the region.

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Ajoka's Journey is a journey of amazing productivity and resilience of the people of Pakistan who have survived military dictatorships and ideological tyranny and kept their hopes and dreams alive. It's a tribute to the commitment, creative talent of the members of our team, who have defied all odds to create and keep alive the miracle called "Ajoka.


In recent years, Ajoka has responded to the technological challenges of times and demands of the new media. Besides producing telefilms and documentaries, it has entered the field of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, online publicity; and merchandizing. Ajoka Institute is the latest Ajoka venture where youth is provided hands-on and practice-oriented training in acting, writing, music and film-making.

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Our Mission & Vision

MISSION

Ajoka’s mission is to work for a democratic and egalitarian society through arts-based initiatives. It is working to create young trained theatre activists, writers, media professionals and social activists, who can strengthen the forces of social change and progress. It is ready to fight gender and minority discrimination, environmental degradation, promotes cultural awareness and heritage preservation. It works in collaboration with like-minded cultural and human rights organizations for the cause of freedom of artistic and cultural expression.

VISION

Ajoka envisions a society and world based on universal values of justice, human dignity and human rights. It hopes that Pakistan will be at peace with its neighbours and with its own disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups. It is free of violence, bigotry, class and gender discrimination.





Latest News

August 11, 2020

Ajoka’s documentary wins award at South Asian Festival

“Pakistan’s Best-kept Secret”, Ajoka’s internationally acclaimed documentary on Lahore Museum, has won an award at the Indus Valley international Film Festival.
August 8, 2020

Online Dramatic Readings by Ajoka Writers

Students of Ajoka Institute’s Online Art of Writing class displayed their impressive talent at a Dramatic Readings session live- streamed on Facebook on Friday.
August 4, 2020

Shahid Nadeem‘s Plays collection published in Gurmukhi

Ajoka Executive Director Shahid Nadeem’s 15 Punjabi plays have been published in Gurmukhi in India. The plays have been transliterated in Gurmukhi Punjabi by Punjabi scholar Arvinder Dhaliwal and published Chetna Publishers, Ludhiana.
August 4, 2020

Ajoka Documentary at Indus Valley Festival

Ajoka ‘s acclaimed documentary on Lahore Museum, “ Pakistan’s Best-kept Secret” was screened at the Indus Valley International Film Festival organised by South Asian Forum for Arts and Creative Heritage. The festival, curated by Harsh Narayan, screened films from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Iran besides Pakistan.
July 28, 2020

Ajoka creates history. Produces first-ever online theatre play

Ajoka created history by presenting the first-ever online theatre play on Friday 24 July. Live streamed on Facebook the play was produced on Zoom social media platform . The play “Manto Online “, an adaptation of Ajoka’s acclaimed Manto Nirvaan Nadeem and presented by Ajoka’s cating class students.