Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dastangoi performer looks for new tales

Dastangoi - the ancient Islamic tradition of oral storytelling - is looking for new tales to recount to keep itself afloat as an art, says India's leading performer Mahmood Farooqui.

"I am constantly trying to tell new stories from the Tilism-e-Hoshruba (the 18th century Indian version of the adventures of ancient Middle Eastern warlord Hamza that runs into eight volumes comprising 8,000 pages)," Farooqui said in an informal chat in the capital.

"We have been able to perform 150 pages in the last five years. I want to narrate more stories from the volume to add to the repertoire."

A scholar, actor, writer and historian, Farooqui breathed new life into dastangoi in the early part of the decade with performances in the capital and Mumbai, placing it in the mainstream theatrical and literary genre.

Full report here Times of India 

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