20 Sep 2011

Off New Link Road, Andheri

Mumbai University's International Storytelling Festival.
Line up.

7th and 8th October, 2011 - 9.30a.m. to 3.30p.m.

Dr. Rajan Welukar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai will preside and Mr. Naseeruddin Shah will perform at the inaugural session on 7th October and Ms. Dolly Thakore, on 8th October.

This conference will involve teachers, students and storytellers from India and other countries and will focus on theorizing storytelling as an oral art form and outlining its usefulness.

7th October, 2011 4.30p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Celebrating Human(e)ity: Future Writers and Tellers

Students from 15 schools and colleges (including those from tribal schools and schools for the differently abled) in and around Mumbai will be creating group stories and perform them.

Mr. Amol Gupte will preside over this part of the programme.

8th October - 4.30p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and
9th October, 2011 – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Celebrating Human(e)ity: Storytelling Festival

Professional storytellers from India and other parts of the world will be invited to present stories at the festival. Internationally acclaimed storytellers:

Ms. Laura Simms (U.S.A.)
Ronald LaRocque (Canada)
Dave Arthur (U.K.)
Muriel Bloch(France)
Carmen and Lorenzo (Spain)
Hazuki and David(Japan) and
Abeer Soliman (Egypt) ...

...have agreed to come to Mumbai for the Conference and Festival. Storytellers from the different parts of India, Delhi, Kolkata, and Trivandrum and tribal artists from Wada have also confirmed their participation.

10th to 13th October, 2011 - 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Workshop on the Art and Technique of Storytelling by Laura Simms

A workshop conducted by internationally reputed storyteller, Ms. Laura Simms and will be open to students, college and University faculty, school teachers, drama professionals and parents. The aim is to create interest and develop expertise in this powerful oral art form.

And finally, images of Future Story writers and tellers rehearsing at Valia College.

The youngest story writers and tellers from the 15 schools that will be participating.

A boy from a St Stanislaus scares the organiser with his paint.

St Joseph's

Nishi Doshi listens to the stories before helping them polish their stories.

More than the organisers, it was the teachers who accompanied the children who seemed to be surprised and proud that their students can write and present such a varied set of stories. There were stories concerning racism and discrimination to the need to conserve electricity.

It was also interesting to watch the kids in between the stories. They were all busy playing or sending sms, or bbm-ing. I'm sure their parents are also on the receiving end of their creative stories as short, precise messages.

We are all born story tellers.


Curry Spice said...

wow- what enthusiasm. This is the most photos your posts have had. Its amazing - takes me back to school days- minus the cellphones.

The Floating Clouds said...

Thanks for sharing this. The pictures with kids are simply superb, loved the way you have captured their energy and expressions. Am sure the festival will be great fun, I will miss it!

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Don't miss it. try and be there!

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