Mahmood Farooqui is an award-winning writer and Dastango. Farooqui along with his uncle, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi noted Urdu poet and literary critic, revived Dastangoi, the ancient art of Urdu storytelling. Maybe it is true that no art form dies completely. So was the case with Dastangoi. Writer and director, Mahmood Farooqi pumped back life into the fading art form.
Farooqui began reinventing Dastangoi, in 2005. Since then, he has performed thousands of shows across the world. Apart from bringing alive the old epic of Dastan-e-Amir Hamza, he has innovated Dastangoi by using it as a medium to tell modern tales. His latest work is Dastan-e-Karan Az Mahabharata, a retelling of the life of the great Karna based on Urdu, Persian, Hindi, and Sanskrit sources.
He has over the years built a team of Dastangos trained by him, including Darain Shahidi, Poonam Girdhani, and others.
- Ustad Bismillah Khan Award 2010 for the revival of Dastangoi.
- Ramnath Goenka Award for the book – Besieged: Voices from Delhi 1857.
- He was a Rhodes Scholar from India and he topped the University of Oxford in History, winning the Best Graduate of the Year Award in 1996.