Dastan Dhaai Aakhar Ki - This dastangoi presentation is on Kabir - the poet and the lover. The narrative is based on historical research and folk lore around the 14th-century Bhakti poet. Interspersed with his 'khadi boli' poetry, the dastan takes you on a journey in search of finding the Kabir who is within you.
Woven and performed by: Ankit Chadha
Duration: 1 hour (including introduction)
Ankit Chadha, a writer, researcher, and storyteller specializes in weaving new narratives for Dastangoi. His writing varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir and Majaaz; to modern folk tales on nomadic pastoralism and the Internet. He has spoken on Dastans at universities including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Additionally, Ankit has innovated the form of 'musical narrative' that uniquely brings together stories and music. Apart from performing the Urdu adaptations of children's classics including Alice and The Little Prince, he has authored two books for children.