Mahmood Farooqui

The author is a writer and director who is credited with the revival of Dastangoi, a 16th-century Urdu oral storytelling art form. He has also co-directed a critically acclaimed movie on farmers suicides in 2010, Peepli Live.

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Post date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 18:39

In the second part of this three-part series, Mahmood talks about how Jayasi’s masterpiece presents to us an Islam which dazzles because it appears in the garb of Hinduism

Post date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 17:31

In his book Padmavat: An Epic Love Story, Purushottam Agarwal takes us on a journey through and about Jayasi’s Padmavat, describes the salient points of the story, and demonstrates to us his mastery of language, poetry and his deep knowledge of Hinduism. This is the first part of a three-part series on the epic love poem.

Post date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 16:11

In the concluding part of this four-part series, Farooqui shows how in a cruel space like prison, theatre allowed its inhabitants to vent their feelings, sometimes find them and also sublimate their angst.

Post date: Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 18:49

In the third part of this four-part series, Farooqui delves into the lives of his Ramlila mandali in Tihar as he talks about the numerous challenges encountered in the process

Post date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 15:01

The second part of this four-part series shows Tihar’s prisoners stepping into the shoes of soldiers for performing a well-known Hindi play — Swadesh Dipak’s Court Martial.

Post date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 16:36

The first part of this four-part series traces the beginning of theatre in Tihar Jail and the response it received from prisoners.