Junoon's Mumbai Local with Danish Husain

Kitab Khana

In collaboration with Junoon

Theatre vs Storytelling: An Actor's View
with Danish Husain
(Actor, Storyteller, Poet, Theatre Director)  

Date: Friday, 23rd August 2019 

Time: 5:30 pm

Venue: Kitab Khana, Fort. 


About this Mumbai Local:
Is there a difference between storytelling and theatre? How does an actor negotiate these two terrains? Does he or she need to have different awareness, different skills for each?

Danish Husain found storytelling when he fell into performing Dastangoi. Till then, he had only done theatre. “Storytelling is a different art form, very different from a theatrical production," he claims. "In storytelling, the text is more fluid; it pre-dates writing. For storytelling you have to understand text, audience, orality. Actors tend to imitate storytellers, not be them."

We are delighted to invite Danish Husain - actor, storyteller, poet, theatre director - to Mumbai Local, to share with us his passion for theatre and storytelling and introduce us to the nuances that join and separate the forms. He’ll be sharing the Marsiya that he experienced annually as a child, the Dastangoi that he fell in love with as a young actor, and some of the performing texts that he delights to bring alive for audiences. And we will be getting a delightful peek into the craft of the performer – engaging, interacting and bringing worlds alive for his audiences.

Do join us on Friday to experience a consummate storyteller recount his journey with theatre and storytelling.

Curated by Ranjit Hoskote
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 19th August, 2019.


About Danish Husain:
Danish Husain is an actor, poet, storyteller, and a theatre director. He started his career in theatre with Barry John and went on to work with directors like Habib Tanvir, M.S. Sathyu, M.K. Raina, Sunil Shanbag, Sabina Mehta Jaitly, & Naseeruddin Shah. He was instrumental in reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling Dastangoi. He runs his own theatre company The Hoshruba Repertory in Mumbai and his latest productions include plays Guards At The Taj (2017) and Qissa Urdu Ki Aakhiri Kitaab Ka (2017) besides the storytelling project Qissebaazi (2016), and the poetry performance project Poetrification (2016) with the fellow actor Denzil Smith.

His major film work includes India's entry to Oscar 2018 - Newton (2017), Ankhon Dekhi (2013), Dhobi Ghat (2010), and Peepli Live (2010), Shaad Ali's film Soorma (2018) Gaurav Chawla's Baazaar (2018), besides a cameo in Nandita Das's Manto (2018).

Danish Husain won the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award for the Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his portrayal of Shams Tabrezi in the play Rumi; Unveil The Sun. He also won the Sangeet Natak Akademi's (The Indian Academy for Music & Theatre) Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar for reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling Dastangoi in 2010 that he subsequently returned during the intolerance debate in 2015. 


यदि देहं पृथक् कृत्य चिति विश्राम्य तिष्ठसि. अधुनैव सुखी शान्तो बन्धमुक्तो भविष्यसि.. -- अष्टावऋ गीता