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City’s date with Dastangoi

art and culture Updated: Feb 12, 2012 01:19 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
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Ever wondered if any form of storytelling existed before theatre and films? The answer is in Dastangoi, a traditional art form of storytelling that will be brought alive by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain. A traditional tale of princess Chouboli from Rajasthan in a jugalbandi of narration and acting between the performers, Dastangoi started in Persia but gained popularity in 18th and 19th century in India.

Farooqui, a Delhi based Historian and writer, has been promoting this art form since 2004. Since then, he’s performed more than 250 Dastan-gois worldwide. Though Farooqui is dabbling in other arts as well, (he co-directed Peepli Live), he wants to continue the tradition of Dastangoi. “Chouboli has the perfect blend of humour, satire and feminism told in a traditional setting,” says Farooqui.

What: Chouboli, A Rajasthani folk tale in Urdu
When: 7:30pm, February 12
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon
Nearest metro station: Huda City Centre on Yellow Line