Ankit Chadha, young Dastangoi, an extraordinarily inspiring artist and a soulful creator, died Wednesday night near Pune. The incident took place a little after 5 pm at Uksan lake near Kamshet, about 60 kilometers from Pune.
“As per information, the incident took place when Ankit Chadha and his friend had come to the Uksan lakeshore for a walk in the evening. We have been told by his friend that at a point near the shore of the lake, Chadha slipped and fell into the water and drowned. Some local villagers were informed about the incident, and subsequently, the police station was also informed. His body was taken out around 8:30pm by the police and local villagers,” said an official from Kamshet police station.
“We are probing the sequence of events that led to Chadha’s death…As of now, a case of sudden death pending investigation…has been registered,” the official added.
He was in the city to perform Dastan-e-Kabir at the Gyaan Adab Centre on Saturday.
He is known for interlacing research based narratives and performances in the Dastangoi form of Urdu storytelling. A graduate from the Hindu college, University of Delhi, he was the president of the college’s street theatre society, Ibtida, before joining Mahmood Farooqui’s Dastangoi workshop.
“He was incredibly talented and a beautiful person and was taking Dastangoi to new heights. It is devastating loss, after all, I trained him for six years,” said Farooqui.
In his art, that he bestowed on us, he will live forever.
“Goodbyes are only for who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul, there is no separation.” – Rumi