A storytelling event (Dastangoi) has been organized at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) on 14 December. Storytellers (‘Dastangos’) Sunil Mehra and Askari Naqvi will perform in the event. The duo will narrate short stories of the famous Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai. The stories will revolve around the theme of marriage, fidelity and sexual liberation.
Dastangoi is a 16th-century Urdu oral storytelling art form. The art form was revived in 2005 and has been performed in India, Pakistan, United States and other parts of the world. At the centre of dastangoi is the dastango, or storyteller, whose voice is his main artistic tool in orally recreating the dastan or the story.
It is worth noting that Sunil Mehra is a Delhi based author, journalist, curator, filmmaker, social commentator. Askari Naqvi, is a Lucknow based lawyer, human rights activist and a celebrated exponent of Sozkhwani : a lyric recounting of the tragedy of the Karbala.
The performance will be held at 7 pm at JKK’s Krishnayan and the entry to event is complementary and on first come first serve basis.