Mumbai University will host a multi-lingual storytelling festival this October to promote “interracial harmony and ecological conservation”.
Organised by Coomi Vevaina, head of the department of English at the Mumbai University, the festival will be held from October 7 to 13.
“We thought it was time to promote story telling as a serious form of literature,” he said. This is the first time an
event of this sort if being organised at the University.
Vevaina has invited storytellers and academicians from across the world to participate in seminars, workshops and interactive sessions.
The festival also promises special evening sessions for school children. “Children from 15 schools in Mumbai will be asked to sit together, create stories from various prompts and perform their stories the next day,” said Vevaina. From October 10 to 13, the event moves to the American Centre near Churchgate, where noted storyteller Laura Simms will conduct a workshop focussing on the art and technique of story telling.
The festival, which is being supported by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Contemporary studies, will not limit itself to English. Special acts include a team that will tell stories in Bengali, English and Hindi through puppets, tribal groups and professional storytellers from around the world, such as Dave Arthur from the UK and Carmen from Spain.
Churchgate, where noted storyteller Laura Simms will conduct a workshop focussing on the art and technique of story telling.