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.





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Latest News

March 3, 2020

Ajoka held an evening of dramatic readings

Ajoka theatre held an evening of dramatic readings of new plays to showcase the creative talent of students if Ajoka institute’s writing class stidents. The event was held in collaboration with PNCA at the Shakir Ali Museum on the 22nd February 2020.
March 3, 2020

Ajoka performs “Anhi Mai da Sufna”

Ajoka theatre presented a special performance of its acclaimed play “Anhi Maai Da Sufna” on Friday 14th February 2020 at hall 2 Alhamra Art council, Mall road Lahore. Written by Ajoka’s Execurive Director Shahid Nadeem the play is inspired by some true stories of the generation dislocated during the partition of 1947. It celebrates the undying human spirit and the story is told in an entertaining style, interwoven with inspiring songs.
December 26, 2019

Ajoka Institute’s play “Aimna” appreciated at PILAC

“Aimna” debut performance presented by aspiring students of Ajoka’s Art of Acting and writing course enthralled the audience completely at the auditorium of Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (Punjab complex) on Thursday evening. Director General of PILAC Ms. Saman Rai and chairperson Ajoka theatre Zara Salman were chief guests of the evening who distributed the certificates among students who completed their acting and writing courses successfully from Ajoka institute. Passionate theatre lovers and people from different walks of life attended the performance.
October 21, 2019

Ajoka’s “Saira aur Maira”: a daughters’ tribute to their iconic mother

Ajoka theatre’s play“Saira aur Maira” which enthralled the audience this weekend, was in fact a tribute from Asma’s daughters to their mother, an iconic figure in Pakistan’s human rights movement. Sulema and Munizae, Asma’s daughters, approached Ajoka’s Shahid Nadeem wit a request to write a play on the occasion of Asma Jahangir International Conference.
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.