Modern oral tales to mesmerize tradition
Ghummakad Narain – a travelling children`s literature festival featuring storytellers from UK, Japan, India, France and Australia showcased such vibrant talent here recently.
The week-long event in the last week of September, say organisers, was aimed at inculcating reading habits and stirring the imagination of television-bound children.
Participating storytellers drew from folktales passed down orally among communities or spun a tale inspired by their surroundings. Dominic Kelly, a storyteller from UK picks his inspiration from wild landscapes.
"I grew up in the mountains of the Lake District in northern England, and its rocky misty hills did a lot to stimulate my imagination when I was young," says Kelly.
Relating traditional stories, folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, ghost stories, urban myths to real life experiences and making them relevant to modern times is a challenge well accepted by these artists.
"As a storyteller one brings stories to alive by relating them to one`s own experience, no matter how old they are. In this way they stay relevant to the time in which they are told," says Kelly.