His works have been hailed as the summit of perfection by the whole civilized world — but why is Shakespeare, uniquely Shakespeare?
Celebrated broadcaster Zia Mohyeddin returns to the Aga Khan Museum for this event, picking up passages from Shakespeare’s plays to illustrate why the playwright, who was called an “upstart crow” by the literary establishment of his time, outshone all other dramatists of his age — and many ages to follow.
Zia Mohyeddin is a recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) awarded by the President of Pakistan, and is the founder of Pakistan’s Reader’s Theatre. He started his reading career reciting short selections from English poetry, which he delivered over radio and television in England. One critic noted, “his voice, it must be mentioned, is worth a profile by itself: a cross between dark brown velvet and gravel moving gently in honey.” He later adapted the discipline of the Western genre of reading to Urdu prose and poetry. In Lahore, his “Evening with Zia Mohyeddin” has become an annual fixture, and he has been delighting audiences with new repertoires for the last 25 years. Aside from the 25 CDs of his readings in Lahore, Zia Mohyeddin has also recorded all of Allama Iqbal’s Urdu poetry as well as two CDs of a selection of Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals.