New Delhi: The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) on Tuesday celebrated its “Day of Resolve” to pay tribute to Safdar Hashmi, a noted playwright and political activist who was murdered 18 years ago while performing a play.

Hashmi, who was also a poet and actor, was murdered in 1989 at Sahibabad near here.

Members of the trust and activists paid rich tributes to Hashmi during the day-long ‘Jashn-e-Daura 2008’ with a pledge to uphold and carry forward the “multi-layered and secular tradition of India.”

“There is an attack on various forms of arts today by a motley group of people. We want to convey the message of freedom of speech and expression and a hard-hitting reply to communal forces in the country and the world, through this celebration,” Suhail Hashmi, a SAHMAT member, said.

Various artistes performed at the function, which was attended by persons from the academic and social walks of life.

A host of cultural programmes, artistic performances in song, music and speech, an exhibition of photographs and posters, and display of audio-video cassettes, CDs and books were also part of the event. — PTI