Monday, April 30, 2012

Dastan-e-Ghare Baire in Mumbai

So,  Dastan-e-Ghare Baire comes to Mumbai for the first time,

as part of the conference
Simankan: Tagore and the Boundaries of Art

The event is jointly organized by Sahitya Akademi & Jnanapravah.

Adapted & Directed by Mahmood Farooqui
Performance: Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

  Date: May 04, 2012 
Time: 6.30pm 
Venue: Jananapravah, Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai.

Please RSVP to:
Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai.
+91-22-2207 2974/75

Sahitya Akademi,
+91-22-2413 5744

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dastangoi in Chandigarh

As part of the Chandigarh Arts & Heritage Festival, Dastangoi comes to The City Beautiful with two spellbinding tales:


Performed by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

Dastan-e-Aazar Jadu

Performed by Manu Sikander Dhingra & Nadeem Shah

Date: April 28, 2012

Time: 6.30 PM

Venue: Tagore Theatre, Sector - 18, Chandigarh

The event is organised by Department of Cultural Affairs, U.T. Chandigarh.

To request for passes, send an SMS to 09810057705.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dastan-e-Ghare Baire at JNU

We present Dastan-Ghare Baire, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel Ghare Baire as part of a two day workshop on "Challenges of Institutionalizing Women's Studies," organized by Women's Studies Program, JNU & Indian Association of Women's Studies at:

6 pm, April 19, 2012
SSS I Auditorium, JNU Campus
New Delhi

Adapted & Directed by: Mahmood Farooqui

Performed by: Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

The event is open to all.


Friday, April 06, 2012

Three Dastans in a Megapolis: Dastangoi at Prithvi

We return to Mumbai with three tales this time. The details as below:



6 pm Show: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (No Interval)
9 pm Show: 1 Hour 50 Minutes (With Interval)

Dastangoi is a lost art form of Urdu storytelling. We present three tales, one from the classic series Tilism-e-Hoshruba, part of the longer cycle of Dastan-e-Amir Hamza, where Amar Aiyyaar, the chief trickster, enters Afrasiyab, the sorcerer king’s magical realm and slays his crony sorcerers. The second tale is a fable around the arrest of a Hakim in a fantasyland on charges of sedition. Both these tales will be performed at the 6 ‘o’ clock show.

Later for the 9 ‘o’ clock show we present for the very first time in Mumbai an adaptation of a Rajasthani folk tale, Chouboli, based on the celebrated writer Vijay Dandetha’s version. Princess Chouboli has vowed to marry only that person who makes her speak four times in a single night. A brave Thakur who shoots hundred an eight arrows everyday through her wife’s nose ring takes up the challenge. Will he live up to the challenge?

About the Group:
Dastangoi, the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, was revived in 2005 by Mahmood Farooqui under the aegis of the noted Urdu scholar SR Faruqi after the form has been extinct for more than 70 years. He was soon joined by Danish Husain, and together they have worked at reviving the form for last 7 years, including bringing topical and other folk narratives in its folds. The costumes are designed by Anusha Rizvi.

Cast :
Mahmood Farooqui
Danish Husain
Rajesh Kumar
Rana Pratap Senger

Director: Mahmood Farooqui
Costumes: Anusha Rizvi
Production & Logistics: Manu Sikander Dhingra

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

We return to Gurgaon after a successful show of Dastan-e-Chouboli at the Epicentre, Gurgaon on Feb 12, 2012. This time as part of Gurgaon Utsav organized by

The details of the show are as given below:

Adapted & Directed by Mahmood Farooqui

Performed by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

Gurgaon Utsav When: April 7, April 25
Music acts: 7pm onwards
Entry: by Passes
Contact: 9810349056
Available at: Music Station, Galleria Market, DLF IV, Gurgaon
Where: Amphitheatre, Biodiversity Park, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Nearest metro station: Guru Dronacharya on yellow line