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Kahaani festival to invigorate the dying art of storytelling
SHWETA SHARMA  17th Nov 2012

A performance by Ishara Puppet Theatre group

e it Cinderella, Ali Baba aur Chaalis Chor, or Chacha Chowdhury, stories have been an integral part of our growing up years. Now, with the intension of preserving and further exploring the rich, yet gradually dying art of storytelling, Kahaani Festival is bringing together story tellers and listeners from around the globe to indulge in a world of beliefs, dreams, and imaginations.

Conceptualised by Teamwork Productions in association with Pathways School and Pratham Books, this two-day festival features writers, illustrators, musicians, and also puppeteers. "Who can forget listening to stories of valour and betrayal, ghosts and demons from our grandparents and parents? The main idea behind Kahaani is to create a new arts project for children, and a platform for story tellers, across genres and performance styles. We hope to grow this festival into becoming one of the biggest of its kind," says Sanjoy Roy, Director, Teamwork.

The event will also host workshops on illustrations, story-painting, creative writing, and comic strip making, by names like Atanu Roy, Bulbul Sharma, Manisha Chaudhury, and Subhadra Sen Gupta respectively; along with kahaani sessions, performances, and crafts corners.

The idea behind Kahaani is to create a new arts project for children, and a platform for story tellers.

In addition, the festival will also witness artists like Salt Bush (Australia) and Dr Vayu Naidu (UK) giving company to a slew of Indian authors, performers, and storytellers, including Dadi Pudumjee, Anita Mani, Prayag Shukla, Anupa Lal, and Dr. Varsha Das.

"We need to have more festivals like Kahaani that are centred on children, with the intent of striking a connection. The art of story-telling needs to be re-imagined and re-made for the new generation to acquaint them with their traditions, and Kahaani aims to expand the art form in a broader sense," says writer Manisha Chaudhry. She further adds that stories are a very important part of childhood as they contribute towards a child's holistic growth, both emotionally and intellectually. The festival is scheduled for the weekend and will be held at Pathways School, Sector 100, Noida.

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