About Dastaan LIVE: Dastaan LIVE is a art-rock project that brings together the world of the aural and the visual to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences. The project was conceived by Anirban Ghosh and Sumant Balakrishnan in 2016. Since early 2018, Dastaan LIVE has carved a niche for themselves in the alternative arts space. The project constantly strives to discover new ways to make this project increasingly immersive for our audiences , creating spaces for dialogue and interpretations and compelling people above all, to think.

“Children smile, Flowers blossom, Sunlight shines into our window. Smiles gone, Flowers withered away, Gloom fills the day. Let’s keep peace in the world, So Happiness stays.” — Hua Jing What does it mean to be free? To know that you may leave home, never to return? To say goodbye to a loved one everyday, knowing this may be the last time you see them? To not have access to information or the ability to go where you please, when you please? What happens to the dreams, the hopes, the aspirations of millions of people that try to live their everyday lives in the face of an unrelenting, brutal and oppressive reality that was never of their choosing? Mat Ro Bachhe is based on the poem “philistini bacche ke liye Lori” by Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Directed and Edited by: Anant Raina
DOP: Shupriyo Maitra
Animation / Storyboarding: Ikroop Sandhu
Art Direction: Sumant Balakrishnan, Vaibhavi Kowshik, Ankit Pandey, Abhinav Khetarpal, Pinak Mokashi
Visual Documentation: Pinak Mokashi
Production Design: Ankit Pandey, Abhinav Khetarpal, Anuj Chopra
Performed by: Ankit Pandey, Sahir Hariharan , Anuj Chopra, Abhinav Khetarpal, Anirban Ghosh, Anant Raina
Produced by: Anirban Ghosh
Anirban Ghosh (Co-Founder / Composer / Bass Guitar)
Sumant Balakrishnan (Co-Founder / Composer / Guitar / Vocals)
Jagtinder Singh Sidhu (Hindustani Vocals)
Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums / Backing Vocals)
Subhanshu Singh (Guitar / Backing Vocals)
Sudheer Rikhari (Vocals / Spoken word poetry)
Varun Gupta (Tabla / Percussions) Rahul Sharma (Percussions)
Pinak Mokashi (Backing Vocals)
Track recorded at: Ghar ka studios: http://tiny.cc/a1ruaz
Track mixed and mastered by: Ritwik De & Amar Pandey
Track artwork by: Shiraz Hussain: http://tiny.cc/yyruaz
Visual Design (Dastaan LIVE): Yashas Chandra
We would like to thank:
Faiz Foundation Trust
Samina Mishra
The video is a one-take performance using mixed-media and elements of shadow puppetry to create the narrative.