BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Aliya Iqbal Naqvi, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences, IBA, Karachi.
SSLA Culminating Experience
Abstract / Summary
This thesis locates Aangan Ṭeṛha (1984) within the genre of the PTV Urdu play. The PTV Urdu play was a dramatic form that developed at Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), a state-owned enterprise. Through a literary and visual analysis of Aangan Ṭeṛha, I have argued that the narrative of the play exhibits characteristics that are particular to this genre. I have posited that as an Urdu play, Aangan Ṭeṛha centralizes the Urdu-speaking Muhajir identity, and the history of Urdu-speaking Muhajirs, in its narration of failure and crisis. Moreover, I have shown that national culture is imagined in the play through Urdu and its literary-culture history; characters who do not share the lineage of Urdu-speaking Muhajirs cannot share tehzīb or culture either. Finally, I have shown that the Pakistani military state’s ‘marks’ appear in the play through the character of Akbar, a retired, classical dancer, because his life is shaped by General Zia-ul-Haq’s policies, and because he inhabits a subversive masculinity defined against a model of military masculinity. My research contributes towards an understanding of a national visual culture in Pakistan, and how it is tied to larger narratives about history, identity and national culture.
Salman, A. (2018). Reading television: narrations of history, culture and crisis in Aangan Ṭeṛha (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/ugrad-projects/21
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