Dastan Ghummi Kababi Ki
Ghummi kebabi ko kaun nahin jaanta? Sara sheher jaanta hai!”People flock to Ghummi to eat his mouth-watering kebabs and savor his equally flavorful Urdu. Packed with idioms, proverbs and polite curses, Ghummi’s cutting comments are as sharp as his barbecue skewers. When Ashraf sahib hires Ghummi to make kebabs for a group of highly-educated rascals from Aligarh, the stage is set for a conflict packed with finger-licking fun. Adapted from Ashraf Subuhi Dehelvi’s Dilli Ki Chand Ajeeb Hastiyan, this dastan creates an intimate portrait of Old Delhi and its language in the 1930s.
This performance presents the inspiring and inimitable story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the format of dastangoi, the fabled Urdu storytelling form. The stylised and poetic prose of dastangoi will add an element of creative innovation to narrate the story of Gandhi’s life, from his youth in Gujarat, to his college days in England, to his crucial time in South Africa and finally, his return to his homeland. Filled with excerpts from historical speeches, humorous anecdotes and much Urdu poetry, this dastan will once again bring alive Mahatma Gandhi and the Independence Movement for a contemporary audience.
India's first female Dastan-go, Fouzia Dastango & Firoz Khan will re-visit the epic tale of the Mahabharata in their inimitable style of narration.
Jashn-e-Rekhta is a three-day festival celebrating Urdu and our composite culture. It is held every year in Delhi under the aegis of the Rekhta Foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of the languages and literature of the Indian sub-continent .