Watch Danish Husain And The Jashn-e-Qalam Folks Tell Tales

Storytelling has change into a slightly fashionable type of efficiency in recent times. As a outcome the worlds of Hindi, Urdu and regional literature have been opened to audiences at massive. Naseeruddin Shah’s group Motley started staging tales by Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chugtai and Premchand within the early 2000s. In 2005, author and historian Mahmood Farooqi started reviving dastangoi, a type of Urdu storytelling. In these performances, artists wearing white angarkhas and seated on divans, narrate tales in polished Urdu and Hindi and, extra just lately, in different Indian languages. Two prolific teams from Mumbai that stage storytelling occasions across the nation are Qissebaazi and Jashn-e-Qalam. Thanks to them and related teams and artists, viewers unfamiliar with the canon of Hindi and Urdu writing have now heard of names akin to Patras Bokhari, Kamleshwar and Asad Mohammad Khan.

In the primary episode of Culture Capitals, our new video sequence on tradition makers, we spoke to Qissebaazi founder Danish Husain and KC Shankar, Shashwita Sharma and Vicky Ahuja of Jashn-e-Qalam about why we love being advised tales.