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HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Young storytellers try their hand at tales from real life

As many as 12 children narrated real-life stories

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2017 10:51 IST
Akash Sakaria
Children narrate their stories at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Sunday.
Children narrate their stories at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Sunday.(Kunal Pati/HT)

“Who is responsible for the street kids of Mumbai?” This line from a monologue kicked off the Telling Untold Stories session for kids, held on the final day of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

The David Sassoon Library gardens lit up with young stars in broad daylight as kids recalled their experiences of seeing the plight of slum dwellers in the city.

As many as 12 children narrated real-life stories.

“We took these kids to places such as the Kalachowkie slum, where we spent almost three days. We tried to help them understand the realities of the city,” said Nalika Braganza, one of the two teachers who set up the session.

“The ultimate aim was to inculcate empathy in children from a young age,” she added.

The kids seemed to enjoy their time onstage as much as they enjoyed telling their stories.

Thirteen-year-old Tabrez Baasha was “very nervous” before he started speaking.

“But, after I went for it, I wanted to continue sharing my experiences,” he said. “I want to become an actor when I grow up and appeal to an even larger audience.”

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