Ankit Chadha, a brilliant young dastango, story teller, writer and performer, was invited to develop a Dastangoi for Living Lightly, which captured the dialectics of mobile pastoralists, our settled society and the State. Working closely with the LL team, and after travelling to meet pastoralists in different parts of the country, Ankit gave life to “Dastan-e-Khanabadosh”, basing himself on a wonderful interpretation of the “Dastangoi” form.Dastangoi is a word of Persian origin, and this form of storytelling has had its own Indian career since the 13th century.
whose story he was about to tell – the pastoralists
– jostled to get space beside him on the stage.
inspired the story, all dressed in their impressive
finery, in front of us!
felicitates Ankit after his spellbinding Dastangoi in IGNCA, Delhi.
Ankit told the story in fluent Hindustani, Urdu words and couplets with their sonorous brilliance took us away from the auditorium into the wide open spaces where nomadic pastoralist Maldharis live their lives. The drama of free movement, the spirit of shared destinies, the deep reverence for nature, and the joyful acceptance of all that life gives – these came through as Ankit moved from point to point in his fluent and enjoyable narration.