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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Revival of Dastangoi (the Lost Art of Story telling in Urdu ) in Oshawa East of Toronto

“Master craftsman Jawaid Danish is giving this art a new lease on life.” - Pasha Mohammad Khan, (Assistant Professor McGill University – Montreal)

Rangmanch-Canada in Association with OSSC-Oshawa proudly presented the 16th century lost art of storytelling Dastangoi and a grand Mushaira on 21st October 2016.

Bad weather and pouring rains could not prevent the curious patrons to  attend this historic event.  Celebrated theatre artist and playwright, Jawaid Danish is well known among theatre lovers. He is recipient of The Civic Arts Award-Pickering- Canada, with 12 books to his credit. 

He is the Artistic Director of Rangmanch-Canada.   This is the first time ever that Dastangoi was presented in Canada by an Indo-Canadian Artist.

During the performance the audience were shocked, amused, cried and burst into laughter with the captivating voice and dramatic presentation of various characters with their ethnic dialects. “Dastan Hijraton Ki” is the saga of problems and pleasures of immigrants in the west – a narration with chaste Urdu Poems and prose, at which Jawaid Danish is par excellence.

The second half of the program was a Grand Mushaira, with Ashfaq Hussain presiding, and Irfan Sattar as chief guest. Prominent poets of GTA and Durham recited their creative poems.  This program will be remembered for years to come. 

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