Fouzia Dastango - India's First Female Dastango

Events Performed


Dastaan e Kabir
2022-11-20
Dastaan e Kabir

It's a proud moment for me to be in Varanasi, birthplace of the Kabir Das, mystic poet and saint, with our presentation of "Dastan-e-Kabir", as part of Mahindra Kabira Festival which is an annual musical celebration of his inclusive philosophy and teaching. Exited to be in this amazing festival. My performance is scheduled on Sunday, 20th November at 11.30 am at Guleria Ghat, Varanasi.

Dastaan-e-Ram, Awwa Lit Fest
2022-11-14
Dastaan-e-Ram, Awwa Lit Fest

So glad to be partnering with and performing at Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) organised "AWWA LIT FEST" where I will be presenting "Dastan-e-Ram" along with Ritesh Yadav. Look forward to joining this interesting lit fest in Jaipur on Monday, November 14, at 2.30 pm onwards.

March To Freedom
2022-10-05
March To Freedom
Organised by DAG

I'm pleased to invite you to my performance for DAG's opening of its March to Freedom exhibition. It will be on Wed, 5 Oct at 6 p.m. at the Bikaner House. Hope to you see you there!

Cultural Kaarva'n
2022-08-23
Cultural Kaarva'n

I am delighted to be back with our new artistic creation. Looking forward to being out next Dastangoi performance, "Ram Ka Vanvas", compiled and designed by Dr. Danish Iqbal, on 23rd Aug at 5.30 pm at India International Centre (IIC), near Lodi Road. It will be my pleasure to have all of you join and witness this interesting performance. Please do join.

Kunzum
2022-06-11
Kunzum

I am excited to share that I am partnering with and speaking at the Kunzum Cafe in Gurgaon on 11 June at 11.30 am. I will be speaking about my life's journey, struggles and also the key learnings in the process. Looking forward to meet many friends there.

Kuk Du Koo Lid Fest
2022-03-27
Kuk Du Koo Lid Fest

I am back to have some fun and laugh with children. Will be doing a musical poetry reading session for children at Kukdukoo Lit Fest, in Gurgaon on Sunday, 27th March at 3.00 pm. Come and join us to laugh and celebrate childhood.

Afreen Afreen
2022-03-19
Afreen Afreen

So exited to finally back in person to our Delhi friends and well-wishers. I will be reading feminist Urdu poetry and also co-presenting on Dilli'a boli (dialect) tomorrow at India Habitat Centre (IHC) - 4.00 pm onwards. Look forward to see you there.

Aaraish-e-Sukhan
2021-12-04
Aaraish-e-Sukhan

Extremely exciting and motivating to be back on stage. We are on our way to perform our much-loved "Dastan-e-Ram" at Urdu Academy Lucknow organised event Aaraish-e-Sukhan in Lucknow city on Saturday, December 4th at 5.00 pm. We are praying for everyone's good health and look forward to enthusiastic participation in this event.

Aaraish-e-sukhan
2021-10-16
Aaraish-e-sukhan

Wishing everyone a very happy and auspicious Dussehra. We are so excited to bring out our next presentation which is so close to our hearts. Here's presenting "Dastan-e-Ram", designed and directed by Prof. Danish Iqbal, at Aaraish-e-Sukhan, a celebration of Sajhi Virasat, on Saturday, 16th October. Look forward to your enthusiastic participation and support.

Ek Tanha Chand
2021-09-24
Ek Tanha Chand

Come join us for an interesting evening with artistic work in an intimate setting and coupled with delicious food and drinks. What better way than to spend your weekend with great food and melodious tribute to Meena Kumar on Friday, September 24 at 8 and 10 pm. Do come and reserve your seats now

Azaadi Ka rang
2021-08-15
Azaadi Ka rang

Azadi Ka Rang... Neha, Vedi, Fouzia Sang Please accept our heartiest best wishes on 75th Independence Day. To celebrate this historic occasion, we are bringing a bouquet of great Poetry by Pundit Chakbast & Josh. An infectious Folk Song by Vedi Sinha, lyrical Kathak by Neha Chauhan and momentous Daasatangoi by one & only Fouzia. To enjoy this beautiful mix please join us in a live programme at 8:30 PM, courtesy _Virtual Studio_.

The Incomparable Festival
2021-07-11
The Incomparable Festival
Organised by

An incredible and enriching experience to make a sincere attempt to seek revival of  rekhti genre of poetry through our performance focusing on Rampur’s food and flavours. Our humble attempt was to explore the revival of this art form and on the metaphors of food, flavours and tastes. Our small effort to keep alive the by text by 19th-century poet Mir Yar Ali ‘Jan Sahib’ who is widely considered to be the last major poet who experimented with the rekhti genre of poetry.

Forgotten Food
2021-06-17
Forgotten Food

Lest We Forget

We are extremely proud to embark on a journey used to be the sole preserve of men and was unfortunately, eventually, lost in the mist of time.

Reviving Rekhtigoi Performance tradition with the help of Sheffield University.

We are thankful and indebted to Dr. Razak Khan of Germany & Professor Siobhan Lambert-Hurley who  provided us this wonderful opportunity to embark upon the Voyage of the Rekhti  Dawn

Dastaan-e-mahabharat
2021-06-12
Dastaan-e-mahabharat

Covid-19 wave 2 hit us incredibly hard but thanks to organisations like Hemkunt Foundation, hundreds and thousands of people were supported with oxygen, medicines, food and much more. We are proud to be performing our “Dastan-e-Mahabharata” as part of Karwaan Heritage’s fundraiser in support of Hemkunt Foundation.
Please participate, contribute, share and mobilise others for this wonderful cause and organisation.
Watch the Dastangoi session on 12th June at 8.30 pm on Karwaan’s YouTube channel.

Daastan-e Mahabharat
2020-09-26
Daastan-e Mahabharat

Its my extreme delight to be able to take the inclusive message across and present our well-loved “Dastan-e-Mahabharata” for our friends outside of India. We are presenting our Dastan to spread the message of love and inclusivity tonight 10.30 pm India time (1.00 pm USA EST time). All friends and well-wishes the invited to join and enjoy.

Fann Or Fankaar
2020-06-27
Fann Or Fankaar

While we continue to stay at home, I am excited to continue the conversations about Dastangoi and other arts to create conducive environment for artists and arts & culture. So exited to do this together with another acclaimed artist, Qamar Dagar. Please join live broadcast on Sunday, 27 September at 7.00 pm on Facebook.

Dastan-e- Radha Krishna - A Melodious Rendition
2020-03-07
Dastan-e- Radha Krishna - A Melodious Rendition

Love is the only antidote to hate & hatred!

Decided to devote our next production *Dastan-e-Radhe-Krishna - a mellifluous rendition to the cause of amity and harmony...
Distilled from Namita Gokhle and Malashri Lal's "Finding Radha", it has been penned by Danish Iqbal. The performance will be interspersed with age old melodies which are hallmark of fabled Dagar Family's enviable heritage.

Verily an enticing confluence of vibrant traditions!!!
 

Dastan-e-Mahabharat @ Jashn-e-Rekhta
2019-12-14
Dastan-e-Mahabharat @ Jashn-e-Rekhta

Delighted to be back at “Jashn-e-Rekhta” one of the biggest Urdu festivals in India and the world that aims to celebrate the multi-faceted nature of Urdu – its beauty and versatility. We are presenting our ever-loved “Dastan-e-Mahabharat”, written and directed by Danish Iqbal. We believe this Dastangoi session will add to the inclusivity of Urdu language and our historical ganga-jamuni tehzeeb.

Dastan-e-Gandhi
2019-11-22
Dastan-e-Gandhi

Jaipur - here we come again!!
Presenting very apt and appropriate story, Dastan-e-Gandhi, written and directed by Danish Iqbal, and that aims to keep Gandhiji’s values, ideas and thoughts alive and kicking at JAYRANGAM, the Jaipur Theater Festival on Friday, 22 November.

Dastan-e-Ghalib
2019-11-09
Dastan-e-Ghalib

It is with great pleasure and humility that we present our next performance: “Daastan-e-Ghalib” which is our tribute to the ‘Bard of Delhi’ on the occasion of his 150th death anniversary year. Written and directed by Danish Iqbal.

We are delighted to be part of and present our Dastaan at public event by Afreen and IHC-ILF Samanvay 2019 (Indian Languages Festival of the India Habitat Centre).

Story & Poetry Event
2019-11-02
Story & Poetry Event

It’s so exciting that we are able to reach out and be with children in Amritasar. Happy to be in this amazing city with a musical storytelling and poetry session being organised by Manjha House in Amritsar city on Saturday, 2nd November at 7.09 pm.
 

Daastan-E-Mahabharat
2019-08-24
Daastan-E-Mahabharat

Hello Mumbai friends,
We are extremely happy and delighted to be in your city soon, and bringing our very special “Dastan-e-Mahabharata”, where we look forward to your august presence. We will be performing at the Pasban-e-Adab, the International Poetry Festival in Mumbai on August 24, 2019. Eagerly looking forward to be in this amazing city and to have your company soon

April is the Cruelest Month
2019-04-27
April is the Cruelest Month

It gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to my next event "April is the Cruelest Month" ; a celebration where poets and performers manifest their threshold in the changing air and mood shifting which surrounds this change.
This event is being organised by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. It'll be an evening of poetry and performance with me and other talented artists like- Saif Mahmood, Nabina Das, Mangalesh Dabral and Saneya.
 

Chrono
2019-03-29
Chrono

My warmest greetings and best wishes to each of my fellow artists as also to all theatre people across the world on WORLD THEATRE DAY ! Each artist contributes in his own unique manner and I feel this is to be celebrated !

Also super excited to introduce Saneya, the new woman dastango on the horizon. Although a lecturer of English language at University of Delhi, her strong background in Urdu and Persian has brought her to the realm of performing arts.

Jahan-e-Khusrau's Mela
2019-03-16
Jahan-e-Khusrau's Mela

"Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” With each performance, each artist strives to accomplish this. And this time, a bundle of talented artists are going to perform for you all, combined with fun and educative workshops.
Come and join Fouzia Dastango and Fazal Rashid , at the prestigious House of Kotwara in celebrating handcrafted luxury and the artisans who make them, at Maashra, Gwalpahari on 16-17th March with Teh, Jahan-e-Khusrau's first craft mela by the renowned Indian filmmaker, fashion designer, poet, artist, revivalist, and social worker Muzaffar Ali
Book your tickets soon. You won't regret being there!
 

Dastan-e-Mahabharat
2019-03-08
Dastan-e-Mahabharat

This women's day, we're not only going to celebrate women's day, but pay an ode to all the creators, followed by insightful discussions with some wonderful creators.
Catch Fouzia Dastangoi and Feroz Khan perform 'Daastaan-e-Mahabharat' followed by a discussion on Daastaan and Stories by Ismat Chugtai at the City Book Leaders on 8th March, 2019 at the DLF Crest Club, Golf Course Gurgaon.
Come and spend sometime having Talks Inspired by Books!

Bepanah Shaadmaani Dil Ki Mumlikat
2019-02-25
Bepanah Shaadmaani Dil Ki Mumlikat

A great tempest of a novel, which left everyone awed, the novel which is seen on v the world map now, none other than Arundhati Roy's 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'. You all read it in English. Now come, and see the magic in the Urdu.
Presenting to you all a discussion on 'Bepanah Shaadmaani Dil Ki Mumlikat' with Arundhati Roy and Arjumand Ara, moderated by Rakshanda Jalil, and readings Fouzia Dastango
See you all on 25th February, Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 7pm. Register soon and be there!

Dialects Of Delhi
2019-02-21
Dialects Of Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India, has mixed cultures and lifestyles, that bind the whole of India together with a thread. It is an articulate matrix of different people, different mind sets and their different way of expressions. Delhi does not have any regional language of its own. Just like its culture, even its languages have been adapted from the different regions of India and they have blended smoothly with the city's rich culture. So here we are, trying to put forward our interpretation on Dialects of Delhi. Watch us live at the Oxford Bookstore, CP, on 21st February, 6pm.