Mahvash Faruqi, co-founder of Zambeel Dramatic Readings, passes away

Mahvash Faruqi, co-founder of Zambeel Dramatic Readings, passes away

Mahvash's Zambeel Dramatic Readings troupe was famous for its riveting live readings of iconic works in Urdu
Updated 12 Jun, 2018

Theatre artist and educationist Mahvash Faruqi, perhaps most famous as co-founder of the acclaimed Zambeel Dramatic Readings troupe, has passed away after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

Mahvash co-founded Zambeel Dramatic Readings in 2011 with Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan and gained rapid popularity for their riveting live readings of iconic works by Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Quratul Ain Hyder, Faiz Ahmed Faiz among others.

Their troupe were a regular fixture at cultural events such as the Karachi Literature Festival, Lahore Biennale and Faiz International Festival.

In 2016, Zambeel Dramatic Readings launched an audio series titled Zambeelnama on YouTube to make their readings accessible to a greater audience.

Mahvash was also an active member of the Tehrik-e-Niswan, the Sheema Kirmani-led theatre group that has worked towards women's rights for nearly four decades.

Mahvash is survived by her husband Moeen Faruqi and their three sons.


Azmeen Jun 12, 2018 02:28pm
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Vijay B. Jun 13, 2018 12:04am
Another great remarkable Pakistani lady. Very sad indeed. Mahvash Faruqi will be sorely missed. I am so impressed by the wealth of talent that abounds in so many Pakistani women in all kinds of fields. Hats off to these wonderful ladies.