The last question Karna asked as he lay dying in Krishna’s lap was whether he would be as famous as Arjuna? Krishna replied ‘your fame will last longer than Arjuna’s’.
Theatre lovers have now an opportunity to check out this amazing and newest Dastangoi presentation Dastan-e Karn Az Mahabharat, on the great Karna and his heroism.
Written and performed by Mahmood Farooqui and produced by Anusha Rizvi, this production is unique in many ways. For one, unlike the Ramayana, oral recitations and performance of the Mahabharata are rare and rarer still in Urdu, the base language of this Dastangoi show.
The performance largely in Urdu, with substantial use of Sanskrit, Hindi, Farsi and Arabic, quotes and draws on many parallels that exist between the Gita and the Quran. It is also rare to have so many different languages employed by a single performer in a single show.
Mahmood Farooqui’s solo act runs into nearly two hours drawing from a wide variety of transcontinental texts, including the original Sanskrit Mahabharata and Persian, Urdu, Hindi and Marathi writings and translations to weave a telling and absorbing tale.
An Old World Culture Presentation you can watch the performance at:
Venue: The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre
Date: February 3 & 4, 2018
Tickets: Rs 200, Rs 400, Rs 600, available at the Programmes Desk, Habitat World, IHC, and bookmyshow.com