The first female Indian Dastango Artist
Fouzia Dastango, as her name suggests, is an artist of the 16th century oral storytelling art, Dastangoi. She developed a deep interest in the field of arts and theatre since her early school days. She continued learning and participating in her school plays, but couldn’t pursue the art full time. Later, she got trained as an educator and worked several years, developing educational curriculum and supporting herself and the family. However, it took one performance in 2006 when she visited Dayal Singh College to watch a Dastangoi performance and she fell in love with this art form. She has dedicated, since, to learning and practicing this art form and quit her permanent job as a Lecturer at the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to pursue her passion of being a Dastango (story-teller) full time. In this process, she has also become India’s first female Dastango.
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Fouzia has been performing professionally since 2006. Having performed over 200 shows all over India and in UAE, she has focused her efforts to touch upon and bring out women-centric issues through her performances, while also covering diverse range of other issues.
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Dr Rakhshanda Jalil, Writer, Translator, Literary Historian:Fauzia's is brave young voice that has stormed the centuries-old male bastion of Dastangoi. Being a woman and an instinctive communicator she creates glittering, vibrant bridges across cultures, languages and literary traditions . I have watched her growth as a performer over the past several years and noted the scope and variety of her concerns. I have also noted the passion and dedication she brings to each and every performance be it in someone's living room or in a large auditorium. Nothing is too small or too big for Fauzia and that, I believe, is the hallmark of a true artist.
Ustad F. wasifuddin Dagar (Padma Shri), Renowned Dhrupad Singer:Fouzia the Dastango or Fouzia Dastango is wonderful and incredible artist . She has brought in the change in the Cultural Scene with her evolved style in old story telling. She is the first woman to get into this ancient Art. THE ART OF STORY TELLING Best part is she wants to popularise the real accent of Dilliwala. I feel she has opened a wonderful arena for lots of artist and youngsters to take this art as their profession. What is so wonderful about her, is, her awareness alertness and cheerfulness, What makes Fouzia Straight Clear and Simple in her approach. This is what her personality all about. I wish her great success.
Dr. Radhika Chopra, Ghazal Singer & Composer:Every time a woman steps into a male dominated sphere, she faces challenges and has to prove her potential and capabilities. When she enters with an elan and carves a niche for herself, she becomes exemplary and inspirational. Fauzia Dastango is one such woman, who has proved to the world that with hard work, dedication and focus, anything is possible. Today, she is amongst the finest Dastangos of our country and carrying forward this tradional genre with finess and confidence. She is an inspiration to many aspiring women , who want to step into this field. Today Fauzia Dastango is a name to reckon with. I am extremely proud of her achievements and honoured to have shared stage with her a few times. I look forward to many more collaborative projects. I wish her all the success, fulfilment and happiness for her future endeavours. Fauzia Dastango, sky is the limit...
Saba Dewan, Film Maker:I have had the privilege of watching Fouzia perform on several occasions. Her flawless command over language and her mesmerizing style of story telling is matched with a rich repertoire of stories, each throwing light on the varied aspects of life in contemporary India. As India's first female dastango she has not only paved the way for other women story tellers but has also brought to dastangoi a distinct feminine sensibility. I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors.