Kahaani — the word evokes nostalgia, fantasy, thrill and a host of similar emotions. And one essential part of the days gone by is storytelling.
A festival, that is to start in Noida today, is out to make us reminisce all those days gone by. Storytelling is now a lost art. In this context, Kahaani — which is being touted as India's first festival of storytelling — is expected to add fillip to the dying art.
'Kahani has been created as a platform to preserve and explore our oral traditions,' says Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Productions, the organisers.
The festival will include performances by the likes of Dadi Pudumjee of Ishara Puppet Theatre, Anupa Roy from Katkatha, Puran Bhatt from Akaar who will tell stories with the help of traditional puppets.
Music, performances, puppetry and poetry — they are all the different mediums that will be used for storytelling. So Rene Singh will sing her stories (Ab Kahin Koi Gham Na Ho), Wide Aisle Productions will stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saltbush from Australia will do a multi-media performance which will be a journey through Aboriginal Australia celebrated through dance, music, song and stories.
Other than these performances, some of the storytellers and illustrators attached to Kahaani include Anita Mani, Prayag Shukla, Smita Vats, Atanu Roy, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Bulbul Sharma and Sachin George Sebastian. Some of these performers will also be conducting workshops on illustrations, painting, creative writing, percussion and making comic strips.
'We are performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream and attempting to make it more accessible for the younger audience without changing the language of the original play,' says Anirudh Nair from Wide Aisle Productions.
'Our performance will have different kinds of puppets made especially for children to tell them about climate changes that happen due to irresponsible human exploitation of natural resources. We will communicate the message through silence and the language of music,' says Anurupa Roy from Puppet-Little Blue Planet. It sure is time to bring out the child in you.
At: Pathways Schools, Noida
When: 17, 18 November
Timings: 11am to 5pm