Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Mahanagar mein Dastaan,,,,,A live show with a difference..

is the lost artform of storytelling. Mahmood Farooqui, an actor and a writer based in Delhi, revived this art form. Together with Danish Husain he is putting this artform back on the performing arts' map.

If you are in Mumbai on Sunday 19th October 2008, see them perform at Bhavan's Cultural Centre (Near Andheri Recreational Club) , Munshi Nagar, Dadabhai Road, Andheri West from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm

They will perform two dastans, one traditional and one contemporary, for this show. Both these tales have not been publicly performed in Mumbai.

The first tale is from the traditional Dastan-e-Amir Hamza and is about Amar Ayyaar, the trickster, slaying Mahtaab Jadoo, a sorcerer and Afrasiyaab's aide.

The second tale builds upon their earlier performance on the Partition of India and extends it to the Indian Muslims experience after 1947.

This is the show not to be missed and the best part is that you don’t need the language to enjoy the performance.

It is a cross between a theatre performance & a poetry reading. The words are wonderfully descriptive and conjure visions in your head. The performers are seated but use expressions, gestures, tone of voice & myriad other techniques to transport you into a realm of fantasy consisting partly of "tilisms" (alternate worlds), aiyyaars, sorcerers & magicians.

Moreover, the performance is free. What have you to lose?

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