Testimonials

One of the most promising theatre groups in the capital, Wings Cultural Society has made significant strides in the theatre world by producing socially relevant plays with artistic excellence.

Because of its artistic excellence, one of its productions “Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan” stage adaptation of the letters of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his wife Alys Faiz, was invited to perform in Lahore, Pakistan, where it was critically acclaimed by discerning audience. The play was directed by Salima Raza, eminent stage director and actor. The same play was featured at “15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav” an international theatre festival of India organized by National School of Drama, New Delhi.

One of the founding members, Tarique Hameed is its artistic director. Tarique is a young talented theatre activist whose artistic vision reflects the dilemma of modern man living in an era of neo-colonialism and globalization. Directed by him, Wings’s production “The Wave” has the honour to be one of the ten best productions of the year 2013 and participated at Delhi’s prestigious theatre festival “Bhartendu Natya Utsav” organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi. Tarique is one of the few young eminent theatre directors to produce play for Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi.

The repertoire of the Wings is remarkable for its richness and variety. Formed in 2009 it has built a large number of audiences who are convinced that the Wings invariably puts on plays with a meaning.
Diwan Singh Bajeli (Senior Theatre Critic)

It was destiny that brought me closer to Tarique Hameed. It was in the summer of 2009 that I saw him, and even at that moment of turmoil I was passing through I could feel the core of his being—his urge to care, love and create. Life, for him, was never smooth and unilinear. Yet, while passing through those puzzling curves and turning points and existential ambiguities, he realized his innate potential. With his creativity and faith and courage he created his theatre group, “Wings Cultural Society”. A remarkable journey began. Working with the group, inspiring young minds, and producing/acting/directing a series of meaningful plays--Tarique continued to evolve. Let him retain his simplicity, let fame (it is coming….coming every moment) not disrupt his fundamental principle. That is my prayer. My love, my best wishes.
Prof. Avijit Pathak (CSSS/SSS, JNU)

This fills me with joy to even think about Wings Cultural Society. I recall the early days of its formation when it appeared like a young group with wings of creative independence. The group of young amateur artists, some formally trained and some driven by sheer zeal to perform, on as well as off stage, showcase distinctions. However, the selection of plays for performance and experimentative methods in performance define the character of WINGS. One always feels like something extraordinary is going to emerge from the shadow of wings and dazzle us in the audience. Be it the performance of Gandhi Park, seeking to place the artists in the midst of ordinary or The Wave placing the artists in a unique matrix of situation, we did experience WINGS's quest for novel performance. Fortunately, the group has enjoyed a kinship with well-meaning scholars, theater persons, literary figures, and academics. Perhaps this too plays an important role in keeping WINGS away from the seductive brands of our times. I am sure the group would arrive at a new grammar of performance and propose to the world at large a possible paradigm shift.
Dev N Pathak (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University)

What a wonderful experience it was when I met Mr.Tarique Hameed at the sacred shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, New Delhi. I was enamoured by his simplicity, humility, and selfless nature. I saw his page on Facebook and was impressed to know that he is the director of the theatre group ‘Wings Cultural Society’, it reminded me of the words of a great scholar “When religion is bereft of communalism it takes the form of spirituality then it expresses itself in the art form” and this became absolutely clear to me when I saw the cultural activities of Wings. Everyone in this organization makes an honest effort and each time their production gives a new massage as well as entertains the audience thoroughly. whether the play 'EK KUTTE KI KAHANI' from Saadat Hasan Manto's writings or the effort of a revolutionary teacher in the play 'THE WAVE' or the soul stirring creation ’CHAND ROZ AUR MERI JAAN' based on the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz or 'MAHABHOJ' written by Mannu Bhandari show the hidden bitter truth of politics. The clear message conveyed by Wings raises the social, political, spiritual and cultural consciousness of people. Wings has been honoured by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi; Urdu Academy, Delhi and National School of Drama by inviting them to present their plays in their respective festivals. Director Mr Tarique Hameed, all the artists and the members of wings should be applauded and I wish them more and more progress and a bright future.
Surinder Chadha (Social Worker)

Working with Wings Cultural Society has been an experience of a lifetime. The workshops, training and the feedback sessions helps to hone your theatrical skills, pulls you out of my comfort zone and experiment. The working environment is amazing and team oriented. Tarique Sir always goes an extra mile to ensure one is comfortable and he brings out the best in each one of us. In every sense, Wings is a rare find. It really gives you the "wings" to strive, seek and achieve par excellence.
Isha Mishra (Student, Gargi College )

Tarique’s passion for theatre is, both, appealing and contagious and for this very reason I was drawn into his tutelage from the very first go. The curriculum goes beyond the realm of emoting on stage, encompassing shedding inhibitions, teamwork, reading, enunciation, creative thinking, public speaking, presentation skills, spontaneity and Urdu diction. All of these are bound together in an experiential learning format with a lot of in-built fun.
The reading of stories, by humanist Urdu writers like Manto, haunt you for days making you see through the artifice of life, enacting plays in the Brechtian style, creating skits on the spot, a glimpse into the workings of a stage and a lot more has made my experience ‘therapeutic’.
I am glad I joined Tarique’s theatre workshop. I went without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised at what was on offer. It started with an ice breaker and in just a couple of hours strangers were tied together like old friends.
I wish Tarique and the Wings Cultural Society the very best!
Kabir Pandit is a pioneer of the ITES industry where he has spent over 20 years with Fortune 250 companies like GE and AonHewitt.

I joined Wings Cultural Society in February 2015 and although it was only for a very short while that I was associated with the group but it really bestowed me with 'Wings' to fly and chase my goal more confidently. With the valuable guidance and inspiration of Tarique Sir, I am, currently a student of Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow. Among my group mates, I used to be the silent listener but I was never judged and nobody ever is. The group focuses on nurturing the participants effectively. It has been a great and happening place for me. I would love to be there any time. May this group keep growing for years to come.
Thank you!
Saddam Hussian (Student of Bhartendu Natya Academy)

The Theatre is a grand place to be, and I had known that I wanted that sensation to be a part of my life ever since I performed in my first play at college. Three years of college meant three years of theatre-there was no how, why or where to it. But soon after, other things started to unveil their rather uninvited circus and my "I do theatre" was on the verge of becoming "I used to do theatre back in college."
The very idea of leaving such an enriching way of life behind only to live a more obvious way of life was, well, a stupid one. I ended up making rather bold and strange decisions in the year after college - all that I am very proud of. The most wonderful of them all was to reach out to Wings for an experience that shaped me in the most unimaginable ways.
The play was based on the life of Sara Shagufta, a Pakistani poet whose life seemed like a carefully woven series of tragedies that should shame the society, if nothing else. But her great strength transcends what pulls her down. She was full of nuances, thoughts and experiences that would have been impossible for me to understand if not for the people in Wings.
The people of Wings Cultural Society, albeit sounds cliched but there is no other way to put it, are a family. Of course theatre binds you in ways you don't know exists but these people, even without their on-stage theatrics, fill you with love. Their disregard of the idea of a stranger is interesting and they love each as their own. From the youngest to the oldest member associated, there is a lot to learn. Everyone's understanding of the theatre is unmatched, and the most beautiful part is that they are willing to share. I would like to specially mention Tarique Hameed, Ayushansh Gupta, Vinod Kumar, Jayana Bedi, Malti, Simran Gulati, Guinea, Salima Raza Ma'am and Danish Iqbal Sir for their kind patience, directing guidance and boundless love.
Sara Shagufta continues to inspire me to be a strong person. Wings continues to remind me that through discipline, interest and the right people around me, I can do anything - and that includes correctly pronouncing Ghalib, Kalam and the likes (It's not that easy, trust me.)
I moved out of Delhi soon after the production, with an ambition of realizing other interests. I miss the samosas, jalebis, biryani and kebabs, and I miss these people who made my stay in Delhi wonderful. I hope there is more theatre on cards with Wings and I know they will always be the people I can fall back on.
In conclusion to my essay-like testimonial, I wish these sincere, earnest and talented people all good luck in the world. Things take time, but with disciplined efforts, they are realized. If you are a beginner in theatre, this is a great place to start. They will support your journey with immense enthusiasm, and you will, without doubt, feel at ease to learn more. If you have been doing theatre for a while, it's a great place to be. They are constantly evolving and are open to ideas. If you are looking for a meaningful experience, I will untiringly advocate Theatre with Wings.

Sukanya Mukherjee (Student, IIT Chennai)

I met Tarique Hameed first when I joined a Weekend Acting Workshop. I was immediately impressed by his method of conducting the class. He employed very engaging techniques based on experiential learning such as Concentration Games, Pace-Walking, '5 expressions within 30 seconds' and many more. He gave each of his students an opportunity to improve so that we could continually refine our styles. The most interesting aspect was his daily anecdotes as he described what actually happens in theatre and what he personally looked for in actors.

The best part of his workshop was the opportunity to obtain real-life experience within the ambit of theatre. Shortly after completing the workshop, I got the opportunity to play a character in the play, Pratibimb, where I was able to apply the techniques I had learnt. His attention to detail, the time he devotes to his character and to the overall production, ensured a very successful show. Upon completion of the show, several people complimented me for my body language, diction and confidence. Undoubtedly, the credit goes to Tarique Sir whose perfectionism and patience helped refine the actor in me. I would urge anyone interested in acting, whether they are beginners or at an advanced level, to sign-up for his workshop.
Sonal Singh (Mrs.Universe-Asia 2016)

From being timid to entering new and unfamiliar situations and places, travelling to different parts of the city for rehearsals and interacting with new faces, I would give the credit of my growth entirely to Wings Cultural Society. True to its name, the society gives you 'wings' and the kind of platform that allows you to explore, both theatre as a field and our potential within, while staying grounded. It has helped me expand my life and introduced me to a diverse and brilliant set of people, each of whom had something beautiful to teach me. I feel grateful to have worked with Tarique Hameed, our director who has also been a constant source of inspiration. He has always provided us with the right amount of freedom and stimulus, facilitating our creativity to flourish boundlessly. It is here that I learnt that theatre not only allows one to live a thousand lives but it also gives one an opportunity to make an impact those many times, and one must not miss out on any.
Other than honing my theatrical skills, being a part of Wings helps me bond deeper with theatre and get a sense of joy as well as satisfaction. My first play, The Wave, and its subsequent performances in different prestigious Theatre Festivals, not only gave me tremendous exposure, but also helped me grow as a good human being. It taught me the ability to question all that happens around us before mindlessly adhering to it. Our director helped us not only to build the character we were to perform on stage but also understanding all shades of the character. It also helped us to maintain its freshness each time we performed. It is here that one realises that theatre isn't just about acting; it's a form of expression, very much like our real lives. Our rehearsal space transforms into our second home, where we leave behind our worries and disappointments and become one with our passion.
Jayana Bedi (Student, Miranda House)

As most of the best things come unannounced, the idea to join theatre came as an escape from a monotonous schedule. The first play I participated in was ‘Yamlok Ki Chahal Pahal’. The team was extraordinarily enthusiastic and it kept getting better from ‘Sara Ka Sara Aasmaan’ to ‘Pratibimb’. Being the youngest in the team, I appreciate how grown-ups like Tarique Sir treat everyone equally with humility and respect. DP Singh Sir, being busy with his work, always manages to spare pearls of wisdom pertaining to his experiences with theatre.
At Wings, everyone knows that if it hadn’t been for theatre, we would have never met. We would have overlooked each other in the crowd and we would have missed learning everything that Tarique Sir would impart. When I joined Wings, each and every word from him was Bible to us. My family at Wings includes the most invaluable people in the form of friends, fraternity, sibling and a best friend. Wings taught me not just ways of theatre but the ways of life too.
Mahima Tagore (Student, Miranda House)

It has been more than three years that I have been associated with the activities of Wings Cultural Society and perhaps, a little more than five years that I came across Mr. Tarique Hameed, whom I also call Tarique Bhai, who has immensely supported me not only in representing characters on the stage but also in building enough confidence in myself that made me realise my capabilities. I feel that the latter part has been more difficult for him to manage and therefore, I use this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to him. Today, when I look back I feel baffled to see how some of the major characters I have been able to portray on the stage and I emphasize once again that it was only due to the hard work and time spent on me by Tarique Bhai. Hence the entire credit goes to him.
Secondly, Wings Cultural Society has been more like a Primary School for me to learn from and develop not only phonetic accuracy in my Hindi as a language but also in developing skills to be able to perform characters on stage. Lalit, Sarjana Sanadhya, Deepak Kumar and Udit are some of those whom I will always be indebted to for their valuable comments during the review sessions.
While selecting a script, the first and foremost aspect for Wings has been to find the relevance of its contents in our society. They understand their responsibility towards the society and try to communicate messages through its plays and therefore they justify their very existence in the world of theatre. Plays like Gandhi Park, The Wave, Ek Kutte Ki Kahani, Mahabhoj, Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan, Sara ka Saara Aasman and Pratibimb are some of Wings' famous productions portraying these elements wherein the visuals are beautifully crafted and roles wonderfully enacted which makes you stop and think.
Vinod Kumar B (Vice President, Gencon India Pvt Ltd)