Rediscovering the art of Daastan Goi

Rediscovering the art of Daastan Goi

To rediscover the art of Daastan Goi (storytelling), the Safdar Mir English Literary Circle (SMELC) of Government College University, Lahore last night held a graceful event titled ‘Shab-e-Daastan’ at the University’s Amphitheatre.

The evening also included performances and dramatic enactments based on folk stories and dastans from the multi-cultural landscape of the subcontinent and beyond, whereas the venue was offering a mesmerizing ambiance with traditional rugs and soft lights.

Talking to media, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said that the event was aimed at reviving and celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling as a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material was received, preserved and transmitted orally from one generation to another.

The evening opened with a concept note presented by SMELC Advisor Ms. Mahrukh Nishat who shed light on the importance of reviving the lost culture and traditions of oral folklore and dastan in the subcontinent. The first performance of the evening was based on an excerpt of Dastan Amir Hamza which was delivered by MPhil English Literature student Muhammad Ali.  It was followed by a Ghazal sung by Awais Nekokara. The Urdu part was followed by Heer Ranjha, delivered by Hafiz Amir and Ali Haider. The exhilarating tone of the piece was maintained by the performers.

The soulfulness was continued through Mian Muhammad Bukhsh’s Saif-ul-Maluk presented by Hafiz Shakeel. It was followed by a remarkable reenactment of the legend of Hamlet from a female perspective presented by Eesha Raazia. With these dastans and folklores, the evening entered into a more somber tone with a medley of songs from Amna and Rumaysa, assisted by Awais Nekokara.

The vice chancellor expressed deep pleasure at the remarkable response of the audience to this event, saying that such activities would make revival of this lost culture possible.

The event was also attended by senior faculty members and a large number of students from different departments.

داستان گوئی کی روایت کو زندہ کرنے کے لئے” شبِ داستان “ کے عنوان سے تقریب کا انعقاد

داستان گوئی کی روایت کو زندہ کرنے کے لئے گورنمنٹ کالج یونیورسٹی لاہور میں صفدر میر انگلش لٹریری سرکل کے زیر اہتمام یونیورسٹی کے ایمفی تھیٹر میں ” شبِ داستان “ کے عنوان سے ایک خوبصورت تقریب کا انعقاد۔ اس موقع پر وائس چانسلر پروفیسر ڈاکٹر اصغر زیدی کا کہنا ہے کہ داستان گوئی کے ذریعہ علم ، فن ، نظریات اور ثقافتی مواد کو ایک نسل سے دوسری نسل تک موصول ، محفوظ اور منتقل کیا گیا تھا۔ انہوں نے برصغیر میں زبانی لوک داستانوں اور داستان کی کھوئی ہوئی ثقافت اور روایات کو بحال کرنے کی اہمیت پر روشنی ڈالی۔اس تقریب میں سینئر فیکلٹی ممبران اور مختلف شعبوں کے طلباءکی کثیر تعداد نے بھی شرکت کی۔تقریب میں محمد علی،اویس نیکوکارا،حافظ عامر علی،علی حیدر،حافظ شکیل، ایشاءراضیہ،آمنہ اور رومیسا نے بھی پرفارم کیا۔