Sahil Agha, a distinguished Dastango, honored by DMC
Delhi Minority Commission has honored Syed Sahil Agha, a distinguished Dastango, (Oral StoryTeller) with the Annual Award -2020 for Promotion of Urdu. The Chairman of DMC conferred upon him the prestigious award which consists of a Plaque and a Certificate of appreciation. DMC under the chairmanship of Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, and Mr. Kartar Singh Kochar and Mrs. Anastsia Gill as Members,
Syed Sahil Agha, an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi entered this field in 2010 as a student of JMI. In the last 10 years, he has made a distinguished place in the field. Till now he has authored and presented more than 100 scripts of his dastans on a variety of historical topics of learning and promotion. His biographical Dastans of Sufis like Ameer Khusro, Nizamuddin Aulea, Sheikh Nasiruddin Chiragh Delhi, etc. had earned him name and fame. His dastans on the life and works of Gandhi Ji, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mother Teresa, and others were received with enthusiasm.
Sahil Agha has also introduced a novelty in Dasgangoi with an infusion of Classical Music and Western Opera. A show on Mirza Ghalib, with Ustad Iqbal Ahmad Khan of Delhi Gharana, proved a big hit, attended by Naseeruddin Shah. His several performances with Indian Opera artist Kabuki Khanna won the hearts of the audience. His presentation on Meera was a hit.
Sahil represented India as a delegate in the ‘XIX World Festival of Youth and Students’, held in Sochi, Russia in 2017, organized by ‘BRICS International Forum’ with the ‘Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi’ and International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs. Sahil also performed at JMI Alumni Association, Qatar’s function. DD Urdu and Zee Salam have aired his stories.
Syed Sahil Agha has been honored at various awards including ‘Pradesh Jouhar Award 2017’, ‘Hafeez Meerathi Award 2017’, and now Delhi Minorities Commission Award 2019.
DMC awards are given in various categories including Academic Excellence, Communal Harmony, Community Service, Human Rights, NGOs, Promotion of Punjabi, Promotion of Urdu, Sports, Supporters of Minorities, Teachers of Substance, Print and Electronic Media, Outstanding Schools, some special awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards.