Ajoka's Journey
1984-2019

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.





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Latest News

August 31, 2019

GCU Honours Madeeha

The Syndicate of the Government College University has announced institution of Madeeha Gauhar Award for the best female artist of the year in memory of iconic theatre professional and founder of AJOKA Theatre. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting held on 31 July “ in order to pay tribute to Madeeha Gauhar’s invaluable contribution to the promotion of theatre in Pakistan.
August 31, 2019

Writing Class students interact with American Playwright

Eminent American playwright and actor Jessica Litwak joined Ajoka Institute’s writing class via skype on 18 August 2019 to share her experiences as playwright, actor and activist. She answered writing class students about the art of writing for theatre and film.
August 31, 2019

Bulha and Banda

Ajoka presented “Bulha and Banda”, a short play about the relationship and dialogue between Sufi Poet Bulleh Shah and Sikh warrior Banda Singh to mark the National Minorities Day on 11 August2019.
August 31, 2019

Jhalli Kithay Javay

Ajoka Institute’s Art of Acting students left the audience spellbound with powerful performance of Shahid Nadeem’s “Jhalli Kithay Javay” at the Punjabi Institute of Art and Culture on 4 August 2019. All actors were first-time actors and had attended a 3-months course conducted by Nirvaan Nadeem.
August 31, 2019

Pakistan’s Best-kept Secret

Premiere of Shahid Nadeem’s documentary on Lahore Museum A premiere of “Pakistan’s Best-kept Secret- Lahore Museum” was simultaneously held in London and Lahore on 3 May 2019. The documentary was co-produced by Ajoka productions and Samosa Media UK.