(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 14, 2009
Habib Tanvir’s Demise –
End Of An Era, Says SAHMAT
The following is the text of the statement issued by SAHMAT on June 8, 2009
HABIB Tanvir, the legend of
theatre – who was also a writer, poet, actor, organiser of progressive
people’s theatre – passed away on June 8, 2009 at
For us at SAHMAT, Habib Saheb was an inspiring presence as its founder trustee and its chairman after Bhisham Sahni’s passing away in 2003. His was one of the most militant voices in the spontaneous protest after Safdar Hashmi’s brutal murder in 1989. Habib Tanvir had earlier collaborated with Safdar Hashmi in dramatising Premchand’s story “Mote Ram Ka Satyagraha”. Habib was an important organiser and participant in SAHMAT’s Hum Sab Ayodhya exhibition and the Mukt Naad cultural sit-in in Ayodhya in 1993, after the Babri Masjid demolition.
Habib Tanvir was born on
September 1923 at
In 1954 he had directed ‘
During the last two decades Habib Tanvir had through his plays invited the ire of the Sangh Parivar and the reactionary forces for firmly standing against fundamentalism and obscurantism through plays like “Ponga Pandit”, “ Zamadarin”.
Habib Tanvir will be missed by progressive artists all over the country. His passing marks the end of an era.
To Nagin and the artists of Naya Theatre we convey our heart-felt condolences.