Dastaan Live is an exploration of the Indian condition through a multi-arts experience that combines live music with the visual arts, sound & light design to tell the story of New Delhi.
With music composed by Anirban Ghosh and Sumant Balakrishnan at its foundation, Dastaan live is driven by visuals and poetry from Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Majaz, Nazir and Baba Nagarjuna. They seek to explore new ways to make the show more immersive for audience members and provide a forum to cast light on their own experiences and perspectives on the issues raised during our performance. Dastaan Live is a genre-defying performance that has acquired a cult following among Delhi’s young with just nine shows since March. Is it theatre? Is it a rock concert? Is it protest music? A multimedia spectacle? It is all and none of these, as it fuses classic and contemporary Hindi/ Urdu poetry about life in our times, our cities, and the struggle of the ordinary man.
The theatre community in New Delhi has been particularly responsive to Dastaan Live, whether it is by extending their support to us, providing insightful criticism to help us make the show better or by creating a space for the show that the independent music scene simply cannot provide. Bands like Astitva, The Local Train,etc. have all brought the genre to a new phase.
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Dastaan Live Members
Anirban Ghosh – Co-founder, Bass
Sumant Balakrishnan – Co-founder, guitar and vocals
Nikhil Vasudevan – Drums
Subhanshu Singh – Guitars and Vocals
JagtindJagtinder Singh Sidhu – Hindustani Vocals
Sudheer Rikhari – Vocals
Varun Guota – Percussuions
Yashah Chandra – Live Projections and Design
Daastan Live Songs
Enna Pyaar and many more.