living stories- Story Telling Traditions of India


The film takes us on journey to different parts of India, to explore the different kinds of story telling arts in India- from Padvani, a story telling art in Chhattisgarh, to Kathakali, in Kerala. Exploring all these art forms by conversing with artists who perform these, the film presents the socio-cultural background of each of these forms of story telling. Using interviews of various contemporary story tellers of India, it discusses how this art has survived in the contemporary society. It also shows how local legends and myths in the collective popular consciousness have influenced the religious motifs.

Kathalaya


Once upon a time, not so long ago, in June 1998, it rained heavily.
Three teachers hurried to take shelter under a grand old banyan tree. The rain didn’t seem to stop.
At first it was a casual chat about the weather and childhood memories of the rain.
And later the conversation drifted towards the concerns relating to education.
Why is teaching a monotonous exercise? What really makes the child interested in a subject?
Do we have a role to play? There was a pause. Why not storytelling?
Can we as teachers make a difference to evolve a more exciting curriculum, through stories?
Can we extend it to the underprivileged children, in the same manner?
The rain had stopped and the questions seemed endless.
The banyan tree stood witness to a new thought process evolving under its shade.
And that was just the beginning of a long journey…
Over the next few months, the group met more frequently to crystallize their thoughts into action.
They called themselves ‘Kathalaya ~ The House of Stories’.

to know more – http://kathalaya.org/
also – http://www.indianstorytellingnetwork.org/

facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathalaya/239489306087919
read there blog at – http://kathalaya.org/about-us/blog/

kathashala


Kathashala has been conceptualized as a storytelling institute, specializing in use of performing arts. It is committed to building the capacities of professionals in education, counsellors, therapists, trainers, executives and parents in the art of storytelling. The institute is the culmination of nearly two decades of experience in working with both children and adults.

Kathashala’s mandate is to generate awareness and appreciation for storytelling as a powerful method of understanding and learning. It aims to promote storytelling as a tool for parenting, learning aid to be used by educators to impart knowledge, values and life skills; therapists and counsellors to use it to understand their subjects better, build trust and help them to open up; for the corporate world to use it as a tool for problem solving, decision making, team building. Kathashala also aims at training individuals from all walks of life in the art of storytelling.

to know more – http://kathashala.wordpress.com

facebook           – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathashala/177991298904651

Katha- translating stories, transforming lives


Katha, a nonprofit organization working with and in story and storytelling for 22 years now, has more than 300 published titles, including quality translations of fiction for adults and children; 21 Indian languages in the voices of over 600 writers and translators.
By seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education and urban resurgence, Katha brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education. To date, through its many programmes, Katha has brought schooling to 162,500 childrentrained 17,000 of them in IT, taught 90,000 women in income-generation and social activism skills, and brought the joy of reading to more than 6,000,000 children.

read more at – http://www.katha.org
or at                 – http://www.ilovereading.in/
facebook        – https://www.facebook.com/kathaorg

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