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Kahaani Festival to bring storytelling to life

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New Delhi: In an attempt to bring back the culture of storytelling, the national capital region will witness the fifth edition of ‘Kahaani Festival’ till Saturday, which will explore various forms of storytelling.

Organised by Teamwork Arts, a pioneering entertainment company in the performing arts space, this two-day festival began on Friday at Gurgaon’s Shiv Nadar School.

The festival aims to bring to life the imaginations of young children through the oral tradition of storytelling, magic, theatre, puppetry, dance, music and more.

As a part of the festival, audiences can experience storytelling by expert children’s storyteller Jeeva Raghunathan, Pinocchio by Kuchkuch Puppet Theatre, and Patang Bazi, a workshop on how to fly kites, among others.

(IANS)

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Ramlila: Theatre Portray of the Life of Lord Rama draws huge Crowd In Delhi

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New Delhi, September 23, 2017: Ramlila is the most popular dramatic play, which involves the enactment, narration and music depicting the scenes of mythological epic Ramayana. It is also one of the most oldest form of theatre, which tells the story Lord Rama and the event that happened in his life. In 2008, UNESCO declared Ramlila as the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

Ramlila, since time immemorial is popular among Hindus for its unique and creative way of storytelling. Rama is considered to be the manifestation of Hindu preserver god, Lord Vishnu and the story of Ramlila revolves around his life. The performances in these acts are totally based on the ethical values as depicted in the Ramayana and the life episodes of Lord Rama.

One of the oldest theatre group, Luv Kush Ramlila Committee (LKRC) is one of those, who have kept this art alive. They showcase Ramlila every year in Red fort

The act starts from the very first day of nine-day Navratri festival and concludes on the tenth day, popularly known as Dussehra. This day witnessed the legendary war between Rama and Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

This year, the group has involved around 50 film and television actor, depicting various characters in Ramayana to fascinate the audience.

Spicing up the regular act, this year the theatre group has also shed ligh on some social issues.  This year the role of Rama and Lakshman will shed light on the eve teasing and casteism.

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In eastern India the event signifies the victory of the Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

Every year Ramlila, through the art of storytelling entertains, educates and motivates the young generation to choose the path of truth.

Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

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Gear Up Indian Women Writers! Time to Call for Celebration on August 24

The festival is likely to call attention to gender issues, creativity, issues revolving around feminism

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Bengaluru, Aug 22, 2017: In today’s era, it would be wrong to say that there is a dearth of female writers or no female writers at all. From illustrated novels to mythology and humorous copies to science fiction — it would be a mistake to pigeonhole these writing styles as the male-centric. Definitely not when there are a plethora of women writers existent in this domain.

Here is a chance to all the women authors out there to showcase their talent to the city with an initiative called “SheThePeople”. It is a storytelling platform that invigorates women to swap ideas and work in a well-accorded manner.

The Women Writers’ Fest is being organised primarily for the first time in Bengaluru on August… Click To Tweet

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Pronouncing it as a  celebration of the Indian women writers, publishers, storytellers, editors and novelist, the communications consultant Rupali Mehra, also associated with the event, stated: “We have conducted two events in Delhi and Mumbai. Bengaluru was chosen this time as it has produced talented women authors and poets and has a vibrant reading culture,” mentioned The Hindu report.

The event will witness the participation of writers including Sowmya Aji, Shinie Antony, Jahnavi Barua, Jane De Suza, Priyanka Pathak Narain and Gita Aravamudan.

The founder of SheThePeople, Shaili Chopra said: “The idea was to give rise to a platform where we give women voices the majority. That said, our programmes are not restricted to just women. We encourage men to be part of this dialogue”.

The event is reported to have panel discussions on women writing humour, women bloggers, short stories, children’s literature, and mythology among others. The festival will put the spotlight on gender issues, feminism, creativity, and narratives created by women to define their space.

The festival is likely to call attention to gender issues, creativity, issues revolving around feminism, anecdotes devised by women to mark their space.

Author and blogger Kiran Manral on the need for an event focussing only women said: “Women writers need a space where they can discuss issues that inform their writing which can be different from what male writers face. A festival like this provides a warm nurturing space to have these conversations.”


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“The Roots” : Short Play Theatre Festival in Delhi Gives Young Artists Chance to Showcase Experimental Work

The event was scheduled for two days, July 28 and 29, hosting seven teams each day

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New Delhi, August 03, 2017: A short play theatre festival at Studio Safdar in Delhi – ‘The Roots’, a performing arts society‘ was recently organized for giving young artists an opportunity to experiment with their creativity.

The event observed appearances from Delhi University theatre circuit, freshman theatre groups and mono-act performers, followed by a conversation with ‘ Pink‘ actor Sudhanva Deshpande.

The artists shared the stage with Jana Natya Manch, Delhi’s oldest street play theatre group, whose was the concluding performance of the evening.

The ‘short play festival’ observed a huge amount of audience present at the event to enjoy experimental insights and crisp depictions of performances and hence, the studio space was fully packed.

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Jana Natya Manch‘ actor and director, Sudhanva Deshpande in an exclusive interview with ANI stated, “I am delighted that the short play festival is happening here at Studio Safdar because there is a lot of theatre activity in the city and not enough opportunities for young people to showcase some of their work in progress- experimental work, work that is not entirely finished yet but they would like to show it, share it, showcase it, get responses and so on.”

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She further adds, “And this festival becomes one of the few platforms that are available for this kind of showcasing and sharing and learning from each other that young theatre people always need.”

The event was scheduled for two days, July 28 and 29, hosting seven teams each day.

Prabhjot Singh, an art keeper, shares with ANI about the aim behind The Roots, “I feel that from rehearsals to performance there is no room for the artists to experiment with their creation and therefore, an event like short play festival is important to create a space for the theatre artists to experiment and explore the dimensions of a theatrical production.”

Studio Safdar, an independent and non-funded space for arts was instituted in 2012. May Day Bookstore and cafe equipped with Leftword Books are also a part of this space.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94