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Dastangoi, the traditional Urdu story telling, finally arrived in Dubai

Dastangoi, the traditional Urdu story telling, finally arrived in Dubai. Thanks to Poetic Strokes and Ambika Vohra. Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, was developed in eighth century A.D around the adventures of an Arab hero, Ameer Hamza.

Dastangoi, the traditional Urdu story telling, finally arrived in Dubai

It is orally recited prose, which is elaborated upon and transmitted extempore by the storyteller or Dastango whose voice is his main artistic tool in recreating the dastan or the story. The two main performers were actor, filmmaker and author Sunil Mehra and Askari Naqvi, a human-rights activist and lawyer, who is also a trained vocalist.

The duo, the two dastangos, have been performing all over the world and Dubai honoured them with a standing ovation for their brilliant performance at The Junction, Al Serkal Avenue.

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