Dastangoi, a centuries-old form of storytelling, is steadily making a comeback, and will be performed at the Stage42 festival this month. Here are five things you didn’t know about it
– Dastan (tale) + goi (to tell a tale) = Dastangoi
– It is believed that Dastangoi was born in Persia, in the ninth century, where riveting tales were narrated in a distinct Dastangoi style to entertain the royalty.
– Indian emperor Akbar, who was a Dastango (a person who performs Dastagoi) himself, was instrumental in making this form of storytelling popular in India.
– Dastangoi is a highly engaging form of storytelling, very minimalistic in nature, the appeal of which heavily relies on rhyme schemes and the manner in which the story is narrated by the Dastangos.
– Dastan-e Amir Hamza is believed to be one of the first written collections of dastans to have been compiled under the rule of Akbar. It’s about the adventures of Hamza and his small army in their fight against the haters of Islam.
Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain are bringing Dastangoi to three cities – Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune.