A lyrical and beautiful performance, laced with poetry based on eternal epic ‘Ramayana’ was presented by Fouzia Dastango at JKK in Jaipur during the AWWA Lit Festival Abhivyakti Season 2.
Fouzia has most recently been recognized and facilitated as “India’s First Woman Dastangoi Artiste ”by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She is a role model and an influencer.
Dastangoi is a 13th century Urdu oral storytelling art form Persian style of Dastan evolved in 16th century. Miss Fouzia gives her outstanding performance ‘Urdu recitation of Ramayana’. A few Urdu lines of her show are following when Laxman was injured and Vaid Sushain said-
Aasara mujhe parmatma ka hai, lekin dushwaar waqt pe milna dawa ka hai..
Haan, koi dronagiri parvat jaye aur subhah hone se pahle taaro mein chhanv ki laut aaye toh, janab butti mein yeh sibbat hai ki laxman ko agar pilaye, tooti na ho jo saans toh maut ke muh se khinch laaye…..
She was glad with the responses of the audience, she said Jaipur has people who love literature. She came with Ramayana in Urdu and people loved it.
About her work, she has performed many plays like Dastan -e- Meera Kumari, Dastan -e-Madhubala, Dastan -e-Mahabharata and Mahatama Gandhi. Coming to the challenges, she said Urdu is hard to understand for people so they are using their expressions for clear understanding of people. She established a milestone for artiste and also contributed to her immense efforts in promoting the culture.