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Daastan-e-Ameer Hamza

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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Daastan-e-Ameer Hamza
An evening Dastangoi - an ancient Urdu storytelling form
Directed and Performed by Kafeel Jafri
Nov 09, 2019 | 5.00 PM & 8.00 PM

Dastangoi is an ancient Urdu storytelling form. It was one of the most popular form of folk entertainment in the Indian subcontinent till the late 19th Century. It was revived during the mid-late 2000s. Dastan-e-Ameer Hamza is one of the most popular stories that is told in this form. In these stories, Ameer hamzas friend Amar Aiyaar (Amar, the trickster) along with his other Aiyaar friends, fight the magicians of Afraasiyab, the villain, in a world of fantasies and magic, Tilism-e-hoshruba. Though the main characters of the stories are Arab, Indian Dastangos made them quite Indian using the local languages, anecdotes, and characters. Each Dastan is an episode of one or more of these fights, with its own unique narrative, tricks, and literature. Kafeel Jafri will be presenting one such episode from Tilism-e-hoshruba, "Dastan Mahtab Jadu ki.

Kafeel Jafri is a Bangalore based theatre artist, poet, and translator. He has done close to 50 shows of various plays across Bangalore. Born and brought up in Lucknow, Kafeel Imbibed the Urdu language and culture from his elder and from literary gatherings - Mehfils and Mushairas. He has conceptualized and performed shows along with other artists on Life and works of Faiz, Ghalib and Manto. Dastangoi, a mix of poetry and prose narrating a magical world was a natural calling for him since its an art form standing at a crossroads of performance and literature, the knowledge and experience of both is a must to be a dastango.

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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices .

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