Dastangoi refers to the art of storytelling, it is a compound of two Persian words Dastan and goi which means to tell a Dastan. The art form was revived in India in 2005 and since then has been accepted as one of best ways of storytelling. At the centre of the dastangoi, is the dastango, or storyteller, whose voice is his main artistic tool in orally recreating the dastan of the story. In the process of telling the story the narrator’s freely borrowed tropes and themes from other stories
The " Major" actor's assorted monologues Synopsis :
? A series of brief monologues recited and enacted by, a former Major of the Indian Army, and Theatre enthusiast - Major Mohammed Ali Shah.
? He will hold your attention for 75 minutes where he enacts the speech of popular play wright Mohan Rakesh's most popular play " Aadhe adhure" in shudh hindi.
? Ali narrates the story of Oedipus and Rex, an ancient Greek tragedy in chaste urdu.
? It will be followed by a complicating and a hilarious piece where he explains how he becomes his own grandpa in English.
? A few speeches from William Shakespeare's popular plays such as " Julius Caesar" and "The merchant of Venice".
? Recitation of Mirza Ghalib's letters which he knows by heart, a nazm by popular poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz apart from other monologues and couplets which will grip you and make you hold on to your seats…
About the artiste : Filmography:
? Acted in FTII alumnus Shriram Raghavan's " Agent Vinod" and Vishal Bhardwaj's " Haider".
? Completed shooting for National School of Drama alumnus and National award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia's latest film " Yaara".
? Awards and Accolades:
? Won “ Best actor” award at the prestigious Delhi International Film Festival.
? Won “Best actor” award at the International Film Festival of Prayag.
? Won “Best actor” at the Aligarh Film Saaz International Film Festival.
? Was awarded two coveted awards for his exceptional talent as Best Actor and Critique's Best Actor in Australia in October 2016.
Registration, Networking & Hi-Tea: 6 to 7 pm
The Play: 7.15 to 8.30
Thanks giving and photo opportunity: 8.30pm
Cocktails and dinner for VIP guests with the artist: 9pm to 11pm