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Attention Lucknowites! 6 Reasons Why You Cannot Afford To Miss ‘Dastan-e-Awargi’ | Dastangoi

In case you have (somehow!)  failed to notice all the excitement around you, let us update you on what’s going on.

Dastan e Awargi


Bewajah, is organizing Dastaan-e-Awargi, a Dastangoi presentation on the life, times and poetry of romantic and revolutionary poet Majaz Lakhnavi on 31st July, 2016.

For those of you who do not know about this beautiful art form, here is a quick explanation:

Dastangoi is the art of storytelling in Urdu in which a Dastango (storyteller) orally recreates the dastan (story) with his voice being the main artistic tool.

This 16th century art form became immensely popular in India in the early 19th century. However, after the death of Mr Baqar Ali in the year 1928, Dastangoi began to lose its popularity and over the years this art form was lost in pages of history. 

Urdu critic and poet Shamshur Rahman Faruqi and his nephew, writer and director Mahmood Farooqui are credited with the revival of Dastangoi since the year 2005.

Popular dastango duo Ankit Chadha and Himanshu Bajpai are all set to take you on an unforgettable journey through never-heard -before tales in the upcoming event. The presentation is being directed by Mahmood Farooqi and produced by Anusha Rizvi.

So call your friends and book your seats, here are 6 reasons why you cannot afford to miss Dastan e Awargi


1.Storytelling at its best.

Dastangoi is perhaps one of the best forms of storytelling you’ll ever come across. Witness Ankit Chadha and Himanshu Bajpai’s phenomenal performance. The storytellers will leave you spellbound  with their words and voices,  without the aid of any props, visual or music.

Dastangoi One


2.The beauty of Urdu Language.

Dastangoi aptly captures the beauty and grace of Urdu language.  The excellent diction and impeccable Lehja (Pronunciation) of the Dastangos will transport you to the era to which these tales belong.

Urdu Words


3.Because you are a Lucknawi.

Dastangoi has special ties with the city of Nawabs.  The art form is said have travelled from Pre-Islamic Arabia to Iran and then Delhi. Dastangoi then came to Lucknow in the 18th century. Several writers, artists and performers moved from Delhi to Lucknow during the Rebellion of 1857.

The city, known for its love for art and poetry, welcomed dastangoi which gained immense popularity across all classes. If you want a glimpse of the literary culture of Lucknow, this event is just the thing for you.

Rumi Gate


4.The amazing Dastango Duo.

The exceptionally talented  Dastangos, Ankit Chadha and  Himanshu Bajpai, are among the most popular performers associated with initiative to revive Dastangoi.

Hailing from Delhi, Ankit has been performing Dastangoi since 2010. Himanshu Bajpai, belonging to our very own Lucknow, has been a Dastango since 2014.

Both of these performers share a common love for Lucknow and Urdu Language. This dastango duo will  certainly win your heart.

Dastangoi Four


5.Simple, intriguing and unforgettable.

The language used for reciting the Dastan is simple yet compelling. You don’t really have to be well versed in Urdu to enjoy the performance. The amazing wordplay will leave you mesmerised!



6. A perfect evening with family and friends.

Sundays are for unwinding and spending some quality time with friends or family.If you have a tough time making that perfect plan to spend your Sunday, we can save you from the hassle at least for once ! An evening full of poetry, stories, culture, nostalgia which you can enjoyed with you loved ones.

Lucknow Nawabs


If you are willing to be a part of this event and are wondering where to get the tickets from, we have some great news!! Sit back, relax and CLICK HERE ….. the tickets will be delivered right to your doorstep!

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