Thursday, 4th February 2016 | 7:30PM onwards
Challenging Artificial Boundaries with Humour: Rhyme, meter, verse against Hatred
Join us for an evening of Sanjay Rajoura’s inimitable stand-up comedy interspersed with Saif Mahmood’s impassioned recitation of humourist Urdu poets.
Sanjay Rajoura, 42, is an Indian humourist and a political critic, who uses stand-up comedy as his tool of expression. Born and raised in New Delhi, Mr Rajoura studied information technology and was part of India’s booming software industry for 10 years, overseeing projects in India, Singapore and the United States.
In 2009, Mr Rajoura quit is flourishing career and returned to India. Through his work as a Hindi-language performer, he has consistently tried to steer the art form away from its elitist, English-speaking, big-city moorings, which is marked by its uncritical embrace of privilege, patriarchy and power.
On stage, Mr Rajoura’s politics is palpable as he laces his stories about caste injustice, gender bias, rural-urban divide and economic exploitation with wit.
This year, Mr Rajoura co-wrote and produced the hit song on India-Pakistan ties called “Mere Samne Wali Sarhad Pe”, which became an instant online sensation in both sides of the border.
Mr Rajoura blogs about social and political issues and is currently writing a film based on Karachi.
Saif Mahmood is a New Delhi-based lawyer holding a doctorate in Comparative Constitutional Law in South Asia. An Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Managing Partner of the well-known Indian law firm, Amicus Juris, he frequently appears before various High Courts all over India as well as in international and domestic tribunals.
Apart from his legal practice, Saif speaks and writes on diverse issues ranging from law to literature and is associated in different capacities with a number of academic, legal, professional and literary organizations around the world. Founder of South Asian Alliance for Literature, Art & Culture (SAALARC) and an aficionado of Urdu poetry, he remembers most of his Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz by heart, recites them effortlessly and translates them into English cautiously. His translations have appeared in a number of prestigious publications and his passionate recitations on varied platforms have enthralled many an audience. Saif regularly discusses Urdu poetry on diverse panels across the globe and appears on various television and radio channels. He is associated with various Literary Festivals and blogs on besabab.wordpress.com where he has also authored a series on Urdu poets of Delhi titled “Dilli jo ek sheher tha”. Saif’s column with the same name used to appear in First City till the magazine ceased publication. He currently sits on the Planning Boards of the Kumaon Literary Festival and the Taj Colloquium – two of the most prestigious events in the sub-continent, where he is also curating sessions on different aspects of Urdu and Hindustani poetry.
On the professional front, Saif’s interests lie in Constitutional Law, Inter- Corporate and Commercial Disputes, disputes relating to Foreign Transactions, litigation involving complex issues of Civil Law, Media & Telecommunication Laws, Infrastructure Disputes, Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining & Power Disputes, Company litigation, , Real Estate & Property Related Litigation, International & Domestic Arbitration, White Collar and Corporate Crimes – subjects on which he has widely written, handled a wide variety of cases before all levels of courts and quasi-judicial fora in the country, has advised major corporate blue-chips, public sector entities and non-governmental organizations and has arranged, spoken at, participated in numerous International conferences, seminars and symposia. Co-author of ‘Muslim Law in India and Abroad’ (New Delhi 2012), he has been consulted on important issues of Islamic Law in India and the Sub-continent and has been involved in high-profile family law litigation.
When: Thursday, 4th February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs.300 (All proceeds from the event will be donated to T2F)