25 October, 2020

Mahmood Farooqui

The writer-director on his endeavour to revive the lost art form of dastangoi

Mahmood Farooqui

Tell us about the art form dastangoi.

The oral art of storytelling was part of Indian culture until the demise of the last traditional proponent. The dastan narratives inspired me to redesign and conceive the form once again.

Has it been well received in India?

This year we celebrate 10 years of dastangoi’s reinvention. It’s successful—be it number of shows, performers, audiences, cities we have performed in and number of stories performed.

What are the tales that you tell now?

We perform 25 stories—ranging from tales from Tilism-e-Hoshruba; Mantoiyat, on the life and times of Manto; Dastan-e-Sedition on the arrest of Binayak Sen; Dastan Jai Ram Ji ki, based on 300 Ramayanas; Alice, based on Lewis Caroll and on contemporary themes.

Why the adaptation from English literature?

On envisioning dastangoi for children, it was the first text that came to my mind.

How does adaptation to an...



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