Shri Mahmood Farooqui was born on 1 July 1972 in
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. He has worked with some
eminent theatre directors including Shri Habib Tanvir,
Rajinder Nath, MS Sathyu and MK Raina. He has
received a Government of India Merit Scholarship, the
Rhodes Scholarship, Sarai Fellowship and IFA
Fellowship. He has directed third world films and was
a co-director in Peepli Live. Mahmood has also
attended seminars and workshops in New Delhi,
Mumbai, and abroad.
Shri Murtaza Danish Husaini was born on 25 July 1971 in Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh. He has worked with many eminent theatre directors including Habib Tanvir, Rajinder Nath, MS Sathyu and MK Raina. He has also acted in short films, television films and feature films, including Peepli Live, and Dhobi Ghat.
Shri Mahmood Farooqui and Shri Murtaza Danish Husaini are jointly awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2010 for their talent in the field of folk narrative – Dastangoi, Uttar Pradesh.