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The art of telling a tale

art and culture Updated: Jun 15, 2012 11:26 IST
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We all cherish our childhood memories of listening to stories and folklores told animatedly by our mothers or granny. We carry these stories with us as we grow old and later realise the hidden messages that these stories have, that sometimes impact our lives in a significant way. Taking this art form to a new level and to celebrate World Storytelling Day on June 21, the city will play host to Kathakari — an event celebrating storytelling.

Presented by Story Ghar, a franchise of Kathalaya in association with Inner Quake, the evening will see three storytellers enchant an audience consisting of youngsters and adults. “Storytelling can be effectively used as a tool to impart education and train educators. We conduct workshops round the year at end of which we organise an activity with an aim to initiate a learning process,” says Jaishree Sethi of Story Ghar.

Sethi is one of the three storytellers on board. Her act will be based on a folklore and will be a dramatic one. Apart from Sethi, Seema Verma will charm audience with musical storytelling. “Seema will remind the audience of the Doordarshan era. She will sing stories in her melodious voice,” says Sethi.

Theatre actor Arti Vahi will also participate in the event. One of the most interesting performances will be a joint act by Sethi and Vahi, wherein they will enact legendary Hindi author Premchand’s Eid Gaha with the help of puppets. “Each story has a message; it depends on the listener to find out. The story that we’ll enact brings forward the concept of family values and emotions,” says Sethi.

Fact file
What: Kathakari
Where: Casuarina, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
When: June 21
Timing: 7pm onwards
Entry: Free
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line

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