By Tayiba Ahmed
On December the 5th, 2015 – Dramaline held an extravagant skit competition in one of LUMS’s auditoriums. The Skit Tamasha attracted talent like never seen before and was judged by a team of established actors including Sarmad Khoosat. The theme for this year’s Tamasha was The Great Gatsby; every member was dressed to impress in black toned suits and dresses with pearl necklaces. This year’s Tamasha was inarguably the best one held by Dramaline so far!
The competition started with a member’s dance much like Gatsby’s dance parties; cute and very authentic. Then began the real competition: a series of amazing skits one after the other, some brilliant comedies and some amazing dramas. The first one satirized Pakistan’s inadequate police force by presenting a comic representation of an inspector trying to locate a bomb, which he ends up activating himself. Then there were other skits such as “Qabool Hai”, in which the girl will only marry the guy if he’s rich enough, another one “Shida’s on Fire” – where a guy opens up a marriage bureau so that he can earn enough to marry his girl. Nonetheless the best out of these was a comedy based on our very own LUMS, “Friends at LUMS”. The story was set in a classroom, with a ‘desi’ teacher and a set of different students: the nerd, the selfie-obsessed girl, the cheating masters and the ‘hero’. Oh and let’s not forget the sterner-than-instructor TA. The comedy was centered on a quiz, bringing in moments of hilarity and ending with a DC situation.
And then there were the dramas tackling serious issues: “Insaaf” based on religious differences, depicting the hatred borne towards one religion because of an individual’s action. This drama ended with the murder of a Christian boy just before his wedding to a Muslim girl, for the crime of being different. The other one, a very emotive skit with most brilliant acting that I have come across so far, “Jang” was an amazing depiction on contemporary terrorism that plagues our country. The meaning of Jihad, be it for Taliban or Pakistan army, and its meaning for the mother who loses her child, be it a Taliban’s wife or an officer’s mother, was portrayed so vividly. The dialogues, the scene and most of all, the amazing stagecraft! Hats off to this group of freshmen who were able to pull this off so amazingly.
In fact, the winner of “Best Skit” was this same group of freshmen whose performance amazed the audience and judges phenomenally. Besides this “Jang” also received the reward for Best Direction. Most of the other numerous awards went to the “Friends at LUMS” team.
Overall, it was an event worth every moment. Once the Tamasha started, it took off rapidly and each brilliant skit was followed by another one. A major ‘Thank You’ to Dramaline for organizing this remarkable event! Who says Arts and Theaters is a dying heritage in Pakistan.
Following are a few pictures from the event:
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