Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dastangoi at IP College for Women

Dastangoi returns to IP College for Women, University of Delhi with three tales, and two new Dastangos debuting. Please be there tom Thursday, 29th March 2012 at 12:00 pm to witness:

Dastan-e-Bachhpan by Manu Sikander Dhingra & Nadeem Shah

Dastan-e-Aazar Jadoo by Fouzia & Deepti Pant

Dastan-e-Taqseem-e-Hind by Ankit Chadha & Darain Shahidi

Directed By Mahmood Farooqui

Thank you for your support and congratulations to the new dastangos.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dastan-e-Taqseem-e-Hind: The Partition Tale

Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Patron


Shri K T S Tulsi, President

Policy & Planning Group

cordially invite you to the launch

by Shri Kapil Sibal, Member of Parliament from Chandni Chowk and Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications & Information Technology of

Brig. (Retd.) Abdul Rahman Siddiqi’s book

“Smoke without Fire” Portraits of Pre -Partition Delhi

Foreword by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi

at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

at Azad Park (adjoining the Town Hall)

Main Church Mission Road, Near Old Delhi Railway Station, Delhi

The book launch will be followed by a Dastangoi story telling- in Urdu by Shri Mahmood Farooqui & his team, on Dilli before & after partition.

The event is open to all.

RSVP: Eileen Pereira Tel: 011 26014029

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dastan Jai Ram Jee Ki

Considering that Lord Ram is too important to be left to non-Muslims alone, the Dastangoi team has taken it upon itself to reintroduce Hindustan Jannat Nishan to the good graces of Ram Katha.

Come and earn your good Karma!

On Wednesday, March 21 at 1.45 pm

At Ramjas College Auditorium, University of Delhi North Campus, Delhi 110007.

Dastan Jai Ram Jee Ki

Based on the works of A K Ramanujan and Others

Following the First A K Ramanujan lecture by Girish Karnad

Devised and directed by: Mahmood Farooqui

Performed by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain

The more detailed program is below:


The History Society Ramjas College, University of Delhi invites you to a National Seminar, ‘Speaking with Ramanujan’, to be held in the College Auditorium on March 21, 2012, 9.45 am onwards.

This seminar is being organized in light of the recent decision of the Academic Council of Delhi University to exile AK Ramanujan’s scholarly essay, ‘300 Ramayanas’ from the Undergraduate syllabus of the University, and in appreciation of the vast range and depth of AK Ramanujan’s intellectual contributions. The seminar will underline the significance of Ramanujan’s work for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and its importance for the understanding of India’s histories and cultures.

Shri Girish Karnad will deliver the First AK Ramanujan Lecture. This shall be preceded by the screening of a documentary film ‘Kanaka Purandara’, made by Shri Karnad in 1988. This film draws heavily on AK Ramanujan’s prefaces to Speaking of Siva and Hymns for the Drowning. The screening and lecture will be followed by a discussion initiated by Profs. Kumkum Roy and Udaya Kumar, and Dastangoi by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain. The day will end with Bindhumalini from Bangalore and Vedanth from Chennai singing songs written by India’s mystic poets.

This effort is generously supported by the ICHR, the IIAS, Shimla, The School of Liberal Studies and The School of Undergraduate Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, and the Departments of History Jamia Miliia Islimia, Miranda House, Zakir Hussain College and Indraprastha College.

09:45 am: Screening of Kanaka-Purandara, Directed by Girish Karnad
10:45 am: First Ak Ramanujan Lecture by Girish Karnad
11:50 am: Seminar by Kumkum Roy & Udaya Kumar
01:45 pm: Dastan Jai Ram Jee Ki
02:30 pm: Lunch & Siesta
05:00 pm: Tea
05:30 pm: An Evening of Songs: Bindhumalini & Vedanth sing mystic poets of India.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dastangoi: Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2010

Sangeet Natak Akademi, the apex National Academy of Music, Dance, & Drama presents the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2010 to artists with outstanding achievements in their respective fields. Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain get the award for reviving and putting the lost art of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi, on the performance map.

The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 5 pm at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.

The performance will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 4.30 pm at Meghdoot Theatre III, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.

Entry is by invitation only. Admission cards may be collected from March 04, 2012 onwards between 11 am and 4 pm on first-come, first-served basis from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi 110001. Enq: 011-2338 7246/47/48