"Bulleh Shah" (1680-1758) lived in the times of the downfall of the Mughal Empire, characterized by internecine conflicts, rebellions, civil and religious strife and total ideological and political chaos, times essentially not much different for the present day South Asia. Bulleh Shah was a beacon of hope and humanism, His powerful voice called for tolerance and love, while there was bigotism and hatred all around. He prompted a relationship with God which was non oppressive and enabled people to be religious and yet respect other people's belief. He wrote about common people, their sufferings, and their hopes. He did not see any conflict between his mystic beliefs and his devotion to music and dance. The play "Bullha" is a tribute to the great mystic. It is broadly based on the events of his life, as communicated through his poetry, historical records and popular myths. And there is no dearth of dramatic episodes in the life of Bullha Shah. His search for truth, his devotion to his mentor Shah Inayaf, his opposition to the wars and bloodshed in the name of religion-all are incorporated as powerful scenes in the play. The play is also about the times of Bulleh Shah and has some lessons or the present-day Pakistan. It is a strong plea for love and peace, and an indictment against intolerance, violence and hatred.
First Performance : March, 2001
Venue : Chern One, Lahore
Written by : Shahid Nadeem
Directed by : Madeeha Gauhar

Bulha Drama Gallery