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The house of folk tales

The house of folk tales
The workshop was inaugurated by A Sethumadhavan, author and Chairman of NBT. Addressing the audience, Sethumandhavan said, ‘North-East is a treasure house of folktales. We wish to take the graphic novels based on North-East to the outside world.’ He further added, ‘This one day workshop is a process of learning and unlearning. Though we belong to different area we want to recapture the spirit of storytelling. We brought out graphic novel Sri Ratna Kim Suro in Korea which was well received. This is a clear message that graphic novels have been accepted.’

The workshop was divided into three sessions - First Observations, moderated by Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, readings and discussions on selected folk tales, moderated by K B VeioPou, Asst. Professor, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi and Artists’ approach to the stories read and discussed in the context of developing graphic novels, moderated by Suddhasattawa Basu, an illustrator.

In this workshop, the speakers discussed about scope of using folklore of North-East for graphic novels, the various dimensions and aspects related to folktales of North-East, representing culture and tradition in graphic novels, danger of being lost in translation,  needs of the readers and North-East and cautions to be taken while representing issues related to North-East. The authors representing the state of North-East also read out the stories which could be considered for making graphic novels and the artists drew rough sketches based on the stories discussed.

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