Poets and Speakers

Danish Husain

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Danish Husain is a poet, actor (Losing Gemma, Peepli Live, Dhobi Ghat, Ankhon Dekhi, Welcome To Karachi) , filmmaker (Live from Peepli documentary), theatre director (Krapp's Last Tape, Chinese Coffee, Ek Punjab Ye Bhi) , one of the people who helped revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi and a columnist with the India Today opinion site Daily O. He runs his own theatre company called The Hoshruba Repertory which premiered its new play Ek Punjab Ye Bhi at the prestigious Prithvi Theatre Festival 2015. His upcoming projects include four indie movies Mantra, City of Dark, Alif, and Newton; a poetry performance piece Poetrification with Denzil Smith & Adil Manuel; a multi-lingual theatrical storytelling project Qissebaazi at NCPA, Mumbai's Centrestage Festival 2016; and a sitcom with &TV (Zee Network) called Bin Kuchh Kahe. He won the META for Best Supporting Actor in 2008, and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2010 (which he returned in 2015 during the intolerance debate).