Dastango Ankit Chadha brings to the fore tales of nomads
A dying art form is akin to a sinking boat. A light wave is enough for it to be pushed to safe banks. Dastangoi — the ancient art of Urdu storytelling had almost
died but with lots of effort, the art form has been revived. One of the most popular Dastongos (storytellers), Ankit Chadha, has been instrumental in bringing this art form to the city of Bengaluru.
Tonight, he presents his latest offering titled Dastaan-e-Khanabadosh (Saga of the Nomads), an hour-long event. The idea was proposed to Chadha by Sushma Iyengar of Sahjeevan, a Kutch-based organisation, which works on sustainable practices of pastoral communities. The stories highlight the passing on of nomadic traditions orally and also, the conflict between the nomadic pastoralists and the settled world. It’s taken a year, and research around the areas of Kutch, UP, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan, for Chadha to develop the script. “The main plot is based on an incident that actually took place when a group of Van Gujjars, buffalo herders in UP and Uttarakhand, were on their way to the Himalayas. It is at one juncture in this journey that a conflict between the nomadic pastoralists and the settled world becomes visible,” he explains.This is the eighth time that Chadha performs in Bengaluru, but it is the first Dastaan-e -Khanabadosh show.Tonight, 7 pm. Tickets Rs 300. At Chavadi, Bannerghatta Road. Details: 8884580875
— Ayesha Tabassum