Curated By Sneha Khanwalkar

We live in the world’s largest democracy. However, there is a parallel narrative unfolding in the streets, the villages, the rivers and the forests of India. Values that we took for granted are being twisted, upended and diluted, a new set of values are swiftly taking their place. A country whose moral compass is, perhaps, broken, isn’t the country we grew up in. Increasingly so, we are feeling disenfranchised from our own national identity. How can we sit by silently and watch this happen? Don’t we have a role and responsibility in all of this? 

Dastaan LIVE is that response—by a group of concerned artists to the circumstances that surround them. They were drawn together by their love for music initially but ambition to collectively work towards something bigger using their music, their lights and their visuals to tell the stories of India from their perspective, an urban, middle-class perspective.

Dastaan LIVE is an art-rock project that brings together the world of the aural and the visual to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences. It constantly strives to discover new ways to make this project increasingly immersive for audiences, creating spaces for dialogue and interpretations and compelling people above all, to think...

With music composed by Anirban Ghosh and Sumant Balakrishnan at its foundation, Dastaan is driven by powerful verses of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Majaaz, Nazir Akbarabadi and Baba Nagarjuna, among others. 
Photo Credits: Q & M Visuals