After a spectacular Kathak recital by Aditi Mangaldas on Friday evening,the 4th Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival continued to enrapture city audience on the concluding day,with Dastongoi,the medieval art of storytelling,through Dastan- e-Taqseem-e-Hind and Dastan-e-Aazar-Jadu at Tagore Theatre on Saturday evening.
The dramatised form of story-telling mesmerised the audience with an unusual style of narration and won tremendous applause. Dastan-e-Taqseem-e-Hind performed by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain,conceived and directed by Mahmood Farooqui,was a melange of literature during Indias partition drawn from archival material,reportage,documentaries,excerpts from academic monographs,personal memoirs,and poetry,interwoven and bound in their narrative style.
An interaction with Hindi poet and lyricist Gopal Das Neeraj,who has penned lyrics for many Hindi songs,was held during the afternoon session.
Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with three akademies of Chandigarh – Sangeet Natak Akademi,Lalit Kala Akademi and Sahitya Akademi – presented diverse and rich cultural art forms,be it theatre,classical vocal recital,contemporary Kathak dance performance,exhibitions and workshops revolving around – Nature.