Pune: The Festival started in 2011 as a unique initiative exploring storytelling as an alternative to formal educational tools and over the years has grown into a multi-city festival. Kahaani Festival has successfully travelled to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jalandhar and last year. This year the Festival kicks off its first edition in the cultural capital of Maharashtra – Pune, a city known for its young and vibrant populace albeit with strong roots in culture and being the oxford of east and emphasis on education , arts and crafts, music and theatre.
The Kahaani Festival a brainchild of Teamwork Arts is being hosted at the Delhi Public School Pune, on the June 24-25, 2016 which aims to bring children and storytellers together to weave a world of magic through the wonder of stories. Here students from the school and all across the city will be able to engage in creative storytelling sessions, workshops and activities. Several artists, educators and storytellers from across the country will join local counterparts in bringing together this exciting festival for young kids. This festival is open to all schools across Pune which is free of cost.
Highlights of the Festival include Kalpataru – puppet shows by Dadi Pudumjee, Tram Arts Trust’s object theatre performance. Divya Seth Shah an actor will also be present to narrate stories and guide the children on Theatre. A Bird’s Eye View, cartoon making workshops by Charuhas Pandit – the co-creator of popular Marathi comic strip Chintoo, dance workshops Moving Stories by Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts, theatre workshops Stories in Motion by Aditya Roy, music workshops Sound of Music by Chayan Adhikari, storytelling workshops by Eric Miller and Scholastic workshops for parents and educators, and a special Culinary Arts demonstration by Abhijit Berde. Through these activities the students, as well as educators and parents, will have the opportunity to create and share personal stories and explore various tools of storytelling.
The Kahaani Festival is a path which aims to revive the dying art of storytelling, bringing it alive through oral traditions, music, theatre, dance and puppetry along with various other art forms. It aims to take learning beyond the classroom and through workshops, performances and storytelling sessions – creates an atmosphere for children to freely explore the realm of their imagination and creativity.
Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director Teamwork Arts adds, “Kahaani Festival will enchant and empower audiences of all ages as it explores a multitude of traditional and contemporary narratives from India and around the world. We are delighted to collaborate with Delhi Public School,HP Printers and Pratham Books who’ve joined hands with us for this colourful celebration of the world of storytelling. We hope that the young kids in Pune, as well as their parents and educators, will immensely enjoy the unique experience of this festival.”
To bring excitement of the Festival to city kids, the Festival will feature an Outreach programme, which is an initiative to unleash the creativity and ignite the young minds in Pune. The outreach programme will begin from June 17, 2016. This outreach programme will touch the next generation of young readers and enable them to meet some exciting authors, illustrators and storytellers.
This festival will be catering to children from ages 4 to 14. Beyond the conventional forms of storytelling, the festival also features artists with unique styles providing them with a platform to showcase their art.
Dates: Friday – June 24 & Saturday – June 25, 2016
Timings: 9:00am to 4:00 pm
Venue : Delhi Public School, Nyati Estate Road, Nyati County, Mohammed Wadi, Pune, Maharashtra
Entry Free with mandatory online or on-ground Registration.
The Kahaani Festival is a free festival and welcomes one and all!
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