Gurmani Centre Presents Dastangoi

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
SS Auditorium LUMS



The Gurmani Centre and Halqa-e-Danish are proud to host the Dastango group at LUMS once again for a Mehfil-e-Dastangoi. In this Mehfil-e-Dastangoi, the group performs ‘Tilism,’ featuring two new pieces from Tilism-e-Hoshruba, and ‘Kuttay,’ pieces on dogs by two great Urdu humourists, Pitrus Bukhari and Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. 


Date: February 9, 2017

Time: 7 PM

Venue: SS Auditorium LUMS


About the Dastango group:

The idea of daastaangoi came about when Fawad Khan, Nazrul Hasan and Syed Meesum Naqvi attended a worskshop by Danish Hussain and Mahmood Farooqui, who have made efforts to revive the tradition of daastaangoi in India, following in the footsteps of Delhi's famous daastaango of his time, Mir Baqir Ali. The group’s daastaangoi is inspired by what Danish Hussain and Mahmood Faarooqui do, and also from what they have learnt from their teacher Zia Mohyeddin. “We are merely trying to revive this tradition of daastaangoi. Nothing more,” they say. 


About the Dastangoi team:


Nazrul Hasan

Zia Mohyeddin, when asked about actors coming out of the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), said, 'Nazr is one of the most promising of students. He is very good. He might play Hamlet.' Nazr, since the time of his graduation from NAPA, is one of the most sought after of theatre actors. His command over diction and his eagerness to sharpen his craft of acting has earned him a lot of praise. He has been part of productions like Equus, Court Martial, Raagni, Kis Ki Topi Kis Kay Sar, and very recently Qusoorwar, an adaptation of Twelve Angry Men. He currently teaches voice and diction at NAPA.


Fawad Khan 

Fawad is extremely passionate about theatre. He graduated from the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), majoring in direction for stage, in 2008. Since then, he has been consistently directing, acting and writing. Some of the major productions he has been part of include Waiting for Godot; Six Characters in Search of an Author, a production that was very special because Fawad got to direct one of his most beloved teachers, Mr. Rahat Kazmi; Khel Ek Raat Ka; Baba Jalinoos, an adaptation of Moiere's Tartuffe; Khoya Hua Aadmi; and Qusoorwar, an adaptation of 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose. What attracted him to Daastangoi was his love for the simple art of storytelling and classical Urdu literature. 


Syed Meesam Naqvi

Meesam graduated from the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) with a diploma in Theatre Arts. Since his graduation he has acted in well known productions by NAPA as well as its Repertory Company including Sultan Ka Faisla, Beech Bahar Ki Raat Ka Sapna, Dark Room, Nek Parveen, Khuaab Tha Shayad, Marat/Sade, Court Martial and Cheh Kirdar Musanif Ki Talash Mein. Meesam has also directed for theatre, including the critically acclaimed production of Vijay Tendulkar’s play Kamla, and most recently directed a political satire, Kuttay, which was warmly recieved by audience and critics both. He started dramatic readings in 2012. "Aao Manto Sunein" was Meesam’s first project with Zambeel Dramatic Readings, and he has subsequently performed in Shatranj ki Baazi, Molka Deo Sahab Bakery Walay and Raaja kay Do Seeng.