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The magic of stories

The magic of stories
They are all set to provide you the chance to become a part of the creative process that evolves when story tellers animate their dreams and imaginations, beliefs, fears, alongside listeners of all ages. Stories will be told through puppetry, poetry, music, written and oral traditions of all kinds. Kahaani encourages children to embrace the joy of reading and to inculcate learning outside the classroom in the lives of all.

Audiences will be given the opportunity to create and share their stories and explore the various tools of story-telling; narration, writing, animation and traditional forms of illustration. Personal stories will be explored and shared through festival workshops which includes Nagada, Aepan painting, Puppet making, Nature’s art and craft, Pine cone painting and Bollywood dance workshops.

Meet story tellers, illustrators and performers coming from all across to enchant audiences at the event.  Some of the storytellers and illustrators at Kahaani 2013 include Anupa Lal, Prayag Shukla, Usha Venkataraman, Ankit Chadha, Ranjit Lal, Paro Anand, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Jeeva Raghunath and Cat Weatherill.

The event will also host Nagada, dance, puppetry, flute making, origami, martial arts and art workshops that will allow participants to explore their talents Kahaani will also witness the staging of the play Raja ki Khoj written and directed by Ashish Ghosh, translated from original Bengali into Hindi by Safdra Hashmi.

Raja Ki Khoj is a musical based on Panchatantra tales and rendered in Kathavachan (traditional storyteller) style. It is hilarious, funny and serious: all at the same time.

The idle king lion and his courtiers live on the food supplied by the clever jackal. The jackal tricks all of them to place an ox in lion’s place, so that he can be the de facto ruler. That does not work and he drenches himself in blue, appears as an angel and puts himself on the throne. The clever rabbit exposes him. Now, all are faced with a problem: who is to be the king?

The play demonstrates the power of traditional performance styles in meeting the demands of contemporary issues. The popularity of the play proves that tradition is internalised when it is updated and lived for today.
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