This dastangoi presentation, about nomadic pastoralists and the settled world, follows the trails and trials of a neglected people, in a forgotten style of storytelling. Like the herder following the herd, storyteller Ankit Chadha has followed the herders in Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. Speaking of a sustainable way of life, the dastan was originally told for Living Lightly, a curated exhibit on pastoral lifestyles.
About the Artist
Ankit Chadha, a writer, researcher and story teller specializes in weaving new narratives for Dastangoi – the art of story-telling. His writings varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir and Dara Shikoh; to modern folk tales on nomadic pastoralism and the Internet. He has spoken on Dastans at Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University. Additionally, Ankit has innovated the form of musical narratives that uniquely brings together stories and music. Ankit works for young audiences as well and has performed the Urdu adaptations of children’s classics including ‘Alice and the Little Prince’. He is the author of the award-winning book for the children, ‘My Gandhi Story’ (Tulika Publishers, January 2014) and the recently released ‘Khusrau – The Man in the Riddles’ (Penguin Random House India, October 2016). Earlier this year, he was a Fellow at Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, Ahmedabad.