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Lucknow diary: Uttar Pradesh’s first female modern dastango enlivens the past

As Pragya Sharma begins narrating the valour of the mighty queen of Jhansi, she creates an imagery of the first freedom movement of 1857 enliven with her words and gestures.

Published: 27th February 2021 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2021 08:25 AM   |  A+A-

The 29-year-old economist brings every moment of those days of yore to life through her narration.

The 29-year-old economist brings every moment of those days of yore to life through her narration.

Express News Service

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UP’s first female modern dastango enlivens the past
As Pragya Sharma begins narrating the valour of the mighty queen of Jhansi, she creates an imagery of the first freedom movement of 1857 enliven with her words and gestures. The 29-year-old economist brings every moment of those days of yore to life through her narration. Having tasted success in holding her audience in attention, she has becoming the first female modern ‘dastango’  (story teller) of UP.  “I never knew I could perform in front of a live audience and in the art form of dastangoi,” says Pragya, who has five shows on Rani Laxmibai to her credit.

All schools may not reopen in March
With fresh surge Covid-19 cases in around half a dozen states, a majority of missionary and a few private schools have decided not to reopen schools for students of classes I to V from March 1. Some have decided to reopen after a month, while others said they would continue with the online classes. All the prominent missionary schools, associated with the Catholic Diocese of Lucknow, said they would reopen from April 6 for students of standard I to V and not from March 1. At present, schools are almost done with classes and annual examination are underway. 



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