Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dastan-e Sedition by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain

We present the Dastan-e Sedition,

For only the fourth time in Delhi,

at India International Centre, Lodhi Road,

on 20th December at 5.30 pm,

Written and Performed By,
Danish Husain and Mahmood Farooqui

Directed by

Mahmood Farooqui

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sangeet Natak Akademi's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2010 for Dastangoi

The Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama, the apex body of performing arts in the country has conferred the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2010 to Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain for having outstanding talent and making a mark in their respective field of performing arts, Dastangoi.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dastangoi at INTACH, Monday 12th Dec, 3.30 pm

As part of the campaign to make Delhi a world heritage city,



INTACH, 71, Lodhi Estate,

on Monday, 12th December,

3.30 pm


Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah Suhrawardy

Friday, November 25, 2011

Repeat of the Dastan-e Sedition in Delhi

For those who have missed it so far...

a repeat of the Dastan-e Sedition


JNU Forum Against War on People


KC OAT (Kamla Complex Open Air Theater) JNU


Saturday, 26th November, 2011 at 5.30 pm

Performed this time by

Rana Senger and Rajesh Kumar from Bombay

Reviews of the Lahore shows

by Aisha Sarwari in The Friday Times, Pakistan

Intezar Husain Saheb in DAWN

by Sarwat Ali in JANG

And pictures from Aitchison College at

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ek Shaam Dastangoi aur Zikr-e-Faiz Lahore Mein

As part of the Faiz Centenary Celebrations we're performing Dastangoi and a vignette on Faiz's life and poetry at Ali Auditorium, Ferozpur Road, Lahore at 6pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Entry strictly by invitation only. Invitations available at Faiz Ghar, 126-F, Model Town, Lahore. Tel (042 35835289).

Kindly collect your invitation/s from Faiz Ghar from Saturday 5th November onwards and drop your donations. All donations will go to Faiz Foundation Endowment Fund.

Click here for the facebook event page

Monday, November 07, 2011

Jashn-e-Awadh: Dastangoi

Dainik Jagran Group invites you to a four day cultural festival celebrating Awadh and its culture 'Jashn-e-Awadh,' from November 10 to 13 at Dilkusha Gardens, Military Farm Road, Lucknow.

The event is free and open to all. So, please feel free to extend the invitation to anyone.

We'll be performing Dastans from Tilism-e-Hoshruba on Sunday November 13 at 7 pm. It is always special to return to Lucknow for a performance because these tales had their birth in this grand city only.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui
Performance by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

The other events include a Ramlila by Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra on Nov 10, Qawwali by Sabri Brothers on Nov 11, and a performance by the band Euphoria on Nov 12 at the same venue.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

An Old Fort, Two Rivers, & Few Tales from Tilism-e-Hoshruba

Finally, a performance you can't resist - a perfect fusion. Dastangoi, a lost and old art form of storytelling, on the ramparts of Purana Qila (or Qila-e-Kuhna in Mughal rulers' parlance) at 7 pm tomorrow Friday, October 14, 2011 as part of the Yamuna-Elbe Project - a public art project about the two rivers Yamuna in Delhi and Elbe in Hamburg brought in by GIZ, Ministry of Urban Development and other agencies.

The venue for the performance is the spot where the new light and sound show takes place. Please enter Purana Qila from the Zoo entrance, climb the acclivity, go past the main gate till you reach a T-point, and then turn right to the other gate. Keep walking till you reach the other gate. That's the venue for the performance. Apologies for informing this late. GIZ is still in the process of securing permissions, licenses, permits, etc.

The event is free and open to all. Please feel free to be there with as many people as you wish to.

For more details please visit

Performers will include: Mahmood Farooqui, Ankit Chadha, Yojit Singh, & Danish Husain.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dastangoi at Mulakaat: An Indo-Pak Cultural Exchange Festival

Tales from Tilism-e-Hoshruba at Mulakaat, an Indo-Pak cultural festival, tomorrow Wednesday, 12th October 2011 at 4pm at Shah Auditorium, Off Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines, Delhi 110 054. The auditorium is close to the Metro Civil Lines station.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Performers Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dastan-e-Sedition at the National Convention on Grievance Redress and Whistleblowers' Protection

We're presenting Dastan-e-Sedition as part of the National Convention on Grievance Redress & Whistleblowers' Protection on Oct 11 at 2 pm at Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony, New Delhi.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Written & Performed by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

The complete message for the convention is here:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings from the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI).

In the wake of current debates around corruption and grievances, it is important to once again highlight people’s struggles for ordinary rights and services like ration, hospitals, schools, water, sanitation, roads, MNREGA entitlements, pensions, Indira Awaas and a host of other government schemes for so-called development that never reaches people. As we know, lack of accountability and the day-to-day corruption faced by ordinary people is the biggest reason for the poorest and most marginalized sections of our society not securing their basic right to development. In addition, an issue that impacts people of this country is the lack of an effective mechanism to deal with the everyday grievances of citizens with respect to these rights and services. Effective grievance redress requires an accessible, decentralized, and responsive system equipped to deal with grievances in a time-bound and accountable manner.

At the same time, people struggling for these rights and the scores of activists who have tried to uncover the nexus of corruption between politicians, bureaucrats and other private interests at the local, regional and national levels have been at the receiving end of harassment, threats and violence. Over the years, many activists struggling for justice have been imprisoned, seriously threatened, injured or have even lost their lives. A comprehensive Whistleblower Protection mechanism then is essential for ensuring that the struggles for justice, accountability and transparency in public life are not compromised by vested interests again and again.

The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) has proposed a series of anti-corruption and grievance redress measures to effectively tackle corruption in the government, redress grievances of citizens and protect whistleblowers. A key element of these measures is a National Grievance Redress legislation which draws on successful existing grievance redress mechanisms in NREGA, RTE etc. and proposes an independent, decentralized grievance redress mechanism. In order to ensure protection of whistleblowers, the NCPRI has proposed several amendments to strengthen the 'Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill' that is currently before the Parliament and is proposing an effective Whistleblower Protection Bill instead.

The NCPRI and other organizations are organizing a two-day national convention on the 10th and 11th of October 2011 to discuss the proposed measures for grievance redress and whistleblower protection. You are requested to kindly nominate representatives from your organization/campaign to participate in the convention. We request all participants to bear their own costs for travel to Delhi, and make a contribution of Rs 100/- towards registration fees, which will go towards covering some of the costs of food and accommodation. Food and very basic accommodation will be organized for the two days. (Please inform us if you will be making your own arrangements for accommodation).

Please let us know by 1st October how many people from your organization/ campaign will be attending the Convention.

Further details about the venue will be sent to you shortly. We will also be forwarding you concept notes and draft Bills.

We look forward to discussing these measures with a wide range of groups and campaigns like yours who have been working on these issues across the country.

We look forward to your participation in the convention.

In solidarity,

Nikhil Dey , Venkatesh Nayak, Anjali Bhardwaj, Ramakrishna Raju and Angela Rangad

(for the NCPRI)
National Campaign for People's Right to Information

Tales from Tilism-e-Hoshruba at 'Celebrating Humor' OWTF '11

Dastangoi opens the Old World Theatre Festival 2011 'Celebrating Humour' on October 10, 2011 at 7 pm at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road.

The performances will include two tales from Tilism-e-Hoshruba performed by Manu Sikander Dhingra, Nadeem Shah, Ankit Chadha, and Yojit Singh.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Mahmood will introduce the performance.

For ticket booking and other festival details, please visit their website:


Magic of The Word: Dastan-e-Sedition

Photograph Courtesy: Afzal Ahmed
Mumbai gets its first International Storytelling Festival with artists participating from Canada, Egypt, France, Japan, Spain, UK, US, and India. We're also performing as part of the festival on Sunday, 9th October 2011 at 11 am at Barfiwala Auditorium, Next to Versova Police Station, D.N. Nagar, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai. The event is open to all. For more details on the festival, please visit their website:

We'll have a Dastan-e-Sedition performance for the first time by Rajesh Kumar and Rana Pratap Senger. Till date Mahmood and I only have been performing the same. So, it will be exciting to see the take of these two artists on the Sedition tale.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui. Written by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain.

Thanks for your support.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Rendezvous at Ninasam

Apologies for the absence. We were at Ninasam, sucked into the idyllic setting of this beautiful village. Thanks to K.V. Akshara for inviting us there. More about our sojourn there later. But if you're keen to know more you can check their website:

Meanwhile, I'll post info about the upcoming shows this month. A bit late in the day but please bear with us.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

IMPORTANT - Change of venue for the Dastan-e-sedition, 18th Sept, Pune

The show of Dastan-e- sedition, that is to take place tomorrow, the 18th of September, in Pune, will no longer take place in the Ghokhale institute. The institute has backed out due to the threat of violence, however we are determined to exercise our right to dissent, and will do so at this new address

At Shramik Bhavan, Near Pune Municipal Corp building.
Landmark Dengale Bridge, Shivaji nagar, Pune.
The time has changed from 5.30 to 6pm.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dastangoi Bombay Workshop

Dastak announces

An impromptu Dastangoi workshop cum baithak

In Bombay

On 24th and 25th of September (saturday and sunday)

From 3 pm to 8 pm


Barry John Acting School
301, Nanak Chambers,
Opposite Fun Republic,
New Link Road,
Andheri (West)

All interested should please write a mail to Manu Sikander Dhingra at> or call on +91-9810057705

For local directions please call Rana at 09821135410 or Rajesh at 09920775498

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Seditious Tale Visits Pune

Photograph Courtesy: Faizullah

We're invited for a repeat performance of our Dastan-e-Sedition, a special tale around the trial of Dr. Binayak Sen, at the 'Celebrating Right to Dissent' Festival at Pune. The event is open to all. Performances will be held at Azam Campus and at Gokhale Institute. The schedule is given below for those willing to attend.

For direction to Gokhale Institute, please click at the link given below:

Celebrating Right to Dissent

A cultural festival in defence of our right to protest

Day One, Sept 16, Friday: Venue – Azam Campus, an educational institution which hosts more than 10 colleges and schools, where 25000 students study.

1. Exhibition of Contemporary Art by young artists

2. Film festival

Both of you fly to Pune, on this night.

Day Two, Sept 17, Saturday: Venue: Azam Campus

The exhibition continues till noon.

Main program – from 10.30 am to 1 noon.

a. Felicitation of Binayak and Ilina by the Azam Campus

b. Talk by P. A. Inamdar, Chairperson of the campus

c. Introduction of Binayak and Ilina by Neeraj

d. Talk by Binayak, from 11 am to 12 noon (1 hour)

e. Play – 12 noon Dastaan E Sedition, by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain, Dastangoi. - 1 hour

(Note: The exhibition is by the same people who did the program in Mumbai when you and Binayak had gone there. The exhibition will not include the costlier exhibits as they will need insurance, and we thought no point in spending that much.)

1 noon to 2 noon – Press Conference to be addressed by BINAYAK and ILINA, at the Azam Campus, over lunch for the press and all of us.

(With this, the main program for the day ends. The Hall of the campus, where this program is being organised, has a capacity of 400. But we wanted more students to hear Binayak, so we have organised another talk in the afternoon for Binayak where the MBA and MCA students will attend)

3 or 3.30 pm – Talk by Binayak for MBA and MCA students of Azam Campus, for 1 hour, followed by questions and answers.

Day Three: Sept 18, 2011, Sunday

Morning session: Venue – Lokayat Hall, near Deccan (Binayak has come there earlier, after his first release) Time: 10 am to 5 pm

1. Exhibition of Contemporary Art by young artists

2. Film festival

(This will continue through the day. The Lokayat hall has three floors, with small and bigger halls. The idea is that we will have the exhibition in all three or two halls – I don't know how big will it be. In one of the halls we have the film festival going on too, comprising documentaries related to the theme.

3. Interaction for Lokayat activists with Binayak Sen, in the morning, from say 11 am to 1 noon. This interaction will be in one of the rooms of the Lokayat Building.

Evening Session: This is the main program of the day.

Venue: Kale Hall, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics.

Time: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm (can go up to 9 pm)

1. Introduction + introduction of speakers (Binayak and Ilina) – 10 mins

2. Short talk by Neeraj on reasons for organising the program – 10 mins

3. Talk by Ilina – duration 20 minutes

4. Talk by Binayak – duration 50 minutes

5. Questions and answers – to be taken by Binayak and Ilina (20 mins)

6. PLAY – 7.20 pm Dastaan E Sedition by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain – 1 hour - this can be followed by an interaction with the audience.

With this the Formal festival ends.

in solidarity,
Neeraj Jain, Lokayat
"Mrudanga", Bldg No. 3A, Flat No. 6,
Naad Brahma Society, Warje,
Pune - 411 058
Ph. Mobile 094222 20311
Landline: 020-25231251

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Conversation between Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

Pakistan Institute for Labour Education & Research


Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Conversation between Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

The performance schedule is:

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 11.30 am
Main Auditorium, Karachi University
University Road, Karachi, Pakistan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 7 pm
Karachi Arts Council
M.R. Kiyani Road, Karachi, Pakistan

The performance draws from the writing and the poetry of the legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The performance is open to all so, please feel free to invite every lover of Faiz's poetry. For more information you may please call PILER at +92 21 3635 0919.

Jashn-e-Zabaan & Dastangoi at JNU

Tilism-e-Hoshruba Dastans as part of the Jashn-e-Zabaan Festival at SSS-I Auditorium, JNU Campus, New Delhi on Friday, Sep 02, 2011 at 6pm.

Directed by: Mahmood Farooqui

Performers: Mahmood Farooqui, Nadeem Shah, Manu Sikander Dhingra, & Danish Husain.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Karachi's Rendezvous with Dastangoi

National Academy of Performing Arts, Pakistan


Dastangoi: The Lost Art Form of Urdu Storytelling

Conceived & Directed by Mahmood Farooqui Performed by: Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

Dastangoi returns to Karachi after a hiatus of four years. We'll be performing a tale from Mohammad Husain Jah's version of Tilism-e-Hoshruba, and a contemporary tale using the same storytelling format at the National Academy of Performing of Arts on Tuesday Sep 6, 2011 at 5 pm.

The show is for the students, faculty and alumni of NAPA but room can be made for those keen on the performance. Please RSVP Mr. Muhammad Akbar Islam or Ms. Uzma Sabeen on +92 21 3569 3701 - 04. Seating is limited so please be particular about advising NAPA of your attendance.

National Academy of Performing Arts
Old Hindu Gymkhana Building (Opp. Arts Council)
M.R. Kiyani Road, Karachi, Pakistan

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Rajasthani Folk Tale & A Lost Art Form of Storytelling: Dastan-e-Chouboli

We're attempt a first - marrying a Rajasthani folk tale to a form of Urdu storytelling. And we hope this fusion will be as riveting as the tales from the Tilism-e-Hoshruba.

Mahmood Farooqui presents

In Association with the Old World Culture

A Dastangoi presentation of the great Rajasthani folk story CHOUBOLI
Based on the version created by Vijaydan Detha

Princess Chauboli has vowed that she will only marry a man that can make her speak four times in one night. Seventeen times twenty-four princes have tried and failed and are now rotting in the dungeon grinding fodder for horses. A brave and valiant Thakur, one who shoots 108 arrows through his wife's nose-ring, everyday, day after day, also wants to try his luck. What happens to him? How will Chouboli be won? Containing a story within a story within a story, some of them pan India favorites, Chouboli is a funny, bitter, sarcastic and lyrical take on Indian life.

Performed by- Danish Husain and Mahmood Farooqui

Justify Full
Adapted and Directed by-Mahmood Farooqui

On Sunday 4th September at the Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi at 7 pm.

The first ticketed Dastangoi show in Delhi. Ticket denominations INR 100, 200, & 300/- The tickets are available at BookmyShow

You may also contact the Program Desk at Habitat for more info: +91 11 4366 3080/90.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Dastangoi Baithak

Photograph Courtesy: Dave Besseling

We have instituted a fortnightly Baithak for the art form's practitioners, or those with interest in the art form and a desire to be a practitioner at a future stage. The Baithak will be a forum to discuss ideas about the art form, stories, show work-in-progress to peers, share interesting related info, and just catch up with each other.

The Baithak is not a performance. We're not looking for an audience. So, please be there only if you wish to engage seriously with the art form.

The Dastangoi Baithak will be held every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 7pm to 9pm at Anusha and Mahmood's residence. As it is a private residence, we expect you to RSVP us before coming. Please send a mail to Mahmood at mahmoodfarooqui at yahoo dot com or me at dan dot ayyaar at gmail dot com. You may even send us an sms. Our numbers are given at the bottom of our blog's page.

If in any case we're not having a Baithak on any Thursday, we'll post it on the blog.

Thanks and looking forward to you all next Thursday.

Danish Husain

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dastangoi at National School of Drama

As every year, we return to the National School of Drama, Bhawalpur House, Bhagwan Das Road, New Delhi for a Dastangoi performance for the first-year drama students as part of their orientation program. The performance will be at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 27th July 2011 at the NSD Campus. Though the performance is for the NSD students but it is open to all. Please feel free to join us there.

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui
Performers: Manu Sikandar Dhingra & Nadeem Shah

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Dastaan Weekend in Delhi

The Tadpole Repertory and The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Trust

invite you to

An Evening of Dastangoi

Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Performed by Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah

Saturday, 18th June 2011 | 7 p.m. |

40 minutes | The language of performance is an eclectic mix of Persian, Urdu and Braj

The event has already reported full RSVP.

The Tadpole Repertory

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Right to Dissent: Dastan-e-Sedition Banaam Hakim Sen

We return to Mumbai with our rights to dissent and our special tale for Dr. Binayak Sen as part of a conclave on "Right to Dissent." The performance will be on May 30, 2011 at 7.45 pm at M.C. Ghia Hall, Opposite Max Mueller Bhavan (Another landmark next to Copper Chimney Restuarant), Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

The performance will be preceded by a panel discussion at 6 pm between Dr. Binayak Sen, Dr. Illina Sen, Justice P.B. Sawant, Advocate Mihir Desai with Jyoti Punwani. We'll provide you more information on the conclave as we get it.

Thanks and best regards

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Conversation between Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

We return with our conversation on Faiz Saheb again but this time in Kanpur. Please join us at Swaroop Auditorium, Civil Lines, Kanpur at 5.00 pm on May 21, 2011. The event is open for all and is organized by Ms. Subhashini Ali.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Dastan-e-Sedition Banaam Hakim Sen

Dr. Binayak Sen post his release will be speaking out to the public at large in the inaugural session at a two day seminar on "Attack by the State on the Life and Personal Liberty of its People in Democratic India," at Gandhi Peace Foundation, 223 Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Near ITO Crossing, New Delhi at 10 am on May 07, 2011.

Respecting Dr Binayak and Ilina Sen's desire we shall repeat our presentation "Dastan-e Sedition Banaam Hakim Sen" on the 7th of May at 6 pm

Dastangoi Debuts in Kashmir

Dastangoi debuts in Kashmir. Thanks to the Bookaroo Team.

As part of their festival in Srinagar there will be two performances:

Saturday 7th May at 11.30 am at the School Atrium, and
Sunday 8th May at 10.30 am at the School Atrium.

The venue for the festival is the Delhi Public School at Athjawan, Srinagar. For more details please visit the Bookaroo official site:

Rana Pratap Senger and Shiekh Usman will be the performers.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dastan-e-Sedition Banaam Hakim Sen

Free Binayak Sen Campaign

Justice on Trial:

three days of cultural events

April 4 to 6, 2011

@ Alliance Francaise de Delhi

72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003

Justice on Trial is a collaborative programme put together by leading contemporary artists, photographers, film makers, musicians, performers, and activists to commemorate struggles for democracy, freedom and rights. An exhibition of photographs and art works, talks performances and screenings all are directed at drawing renewed attention to the trial of Dr. Binayak Sen, who has emerged in recent times as a symbol of courageous resistance, and a reminder of the many injustices that surround us. Our aim is to provoke a dialogue with the colours and sounds that emerge from the idea of what Dr. Sen represents.

April 4 (Monday)

4:00 pm Inauguration of Art Exhibition by Prof Ilina Sen (Gallery)

5:00 pm Music: Them Clones / Imphal Talkies (Auditorium)

6:00 pm Film: “AFSPA 1958” (52 mins, 2006, dir: Haobam Paban Kumar) (Auditorium)

7:00 pm Panel: Prof Ilina Sen, Vrinda Grover, Aruna Roy

8:00 pm Performance: Arjun Raina / "Like a Bird on a Wire" (35 mins)

April 5 (Tuesday)

10:00 am – Art Exhibition (Gallery)

5:00 pm Music: Manzil / Faith Gonsalves

6:00 pm Film: Prisoners of Conscience (45 mins, 1978, dir: Anand Patwardhan)

7:00 pm Panel: Anand Patwardhan, Sharmila Tagore, Ashok Vajpeyi

8:00 Performance: Inder Salim / “I am Dr. Binayak Sen” (20 mins )

April 6 (Wednesday)

10:00 am – Art Exhibition (Gallery)

5:00 pm Music: Ska Vengers (featuring Delhi Sultanate)

6:00 pm Panel: Prof Amit Bhaduri / Arundhati Roy / Kavita Srivastava / Prashant Bhushan

8:00 pm Performance: Dastan-goi / Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain (45 mins )

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Our End-March Campus Caper

We have now some clarity about our program for the next fortnight. Please do join us wherever possible.

  1. March 22, 2011 at S.G.T.B. Khalsa College Auditorium at 12 pm, North Campus, University of Delhi. Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah will perform the traditional dastan followed by a conversation on Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Mahmood and I. (This event is cancelled. Apologies.)
  2. March 23, 2011 at The Conference Centre, Behind Nirula's, Chatra Marg, North Campus, University of Delhi at 11 am. Mahmood and I will be in a conversation on Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
  3. March 28, 2011 at Bhramhaputra Hostel, JNU Campus, JNU at 9 pm. A traditional dastan performance by Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah.
  4. March 26, 2011 at LSR College, Near Kailash Colony at 11.30 am. Mahmood and I in a discussion on cinema and theatre and their convergence.
  5. March 26, 2011 at Indian Women's Press Corps, 5 Windsor Place (The Meridian roundabout), New Delhi at 3.30 pm. A lecture-demonstration on Dastangoi by Mahmood and I.
  6. March 28, 2011 at Kamla Nehru College, Sirifort Road at 11.30 am. Mahmood and I will be in a conversation on Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
  7. March 30, 2011 at Zakir Hussain College, Asaf Ali Road at 10.30 am. Manu Sikander Dhingra and Nadeem Shah will perform the traditional dastan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Conversation between Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

We all know that 2011 is Faiz Saheb's centenary year. As part of this celebration we'll be presenting a conversation about him drawing upon his memoirs, writings, interviews, poetry at FTK Centre for Information Technology Hall, Ansari Auditorium Campus, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi at 2 pm on Thursday, 17th Feb and again on Thursday, 24th Feb at 5.30 pm at Ramjas College, University of Delhi North Campus.

I will also read some Faiz poetry today Feb 16 at 2 pm at the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi North Campus.

All the events are open to everyone. Please feel free to join us.



Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Dastangoi at CCRT Dwarka

For Dastangoi aficionados and for those who want to become one, for the first time, we perform in West Delhi, at the Virasat festival of the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training on 12th February at 8 pm, after the annual Kamladevi Chattopadhyay lecture.

And a repeat performance on the 19th Feb.

Performers: Usman Sheikh and Rana Pratap Senger.

Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
(under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India)
15 A, Sector 7, Dwarka, New Delhi 110 075
Phone: +91 11 4715 1000 | Fax: +911125088637
Email: | website:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Upcoming Dastangoi Shows

Hyderabad-- 15th January as part of the Rangsutra Festival, at NIFT Campus, Madhapur
Hyderabad. Rajesh and Rasika will join us from Bombay.

India Habitat Centre, Delhi- 19th January, 7 pm. Ankit and Yojit perform along side Dan and I as we inaugurate their new series, 'Bards and Minstrels of India,' more info at

Lucknow--30th January, as part of the Mahindra-Sanatkada festival, most probably at Kaiserbagh, more details from 9415-104361 / 9336-592678 / 9889-616174. Rajesh and Rasika will join us from Bombay.