ALL ABOUT CHIL­DREN’S PO­ETRY AND EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL THEATRE

Drama­tised po­etry read­ing for kids and an in­no­va­tive use of Pan­davi folk style in theatre nar­ra­tion were part of day 8 of HTKGAF

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The Hin­dus­tan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Fes­ti­val is not for adults alone, kids too have sec­tions that are de­voted for their en­ter­tain­ment and present them with a chance to ex­plore new ac­tiv­i­ties. The Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Sec­tion is one such place where kids, who en­joy a good story, can dis­cover new worlds of imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity.

At Ki­taab Khana, chil­dren’s au­thor Katie Bagli re­leased her 16th book called On The Wild Side. Bagli in­tro­duced the book by say­ing, “There are 28 po­ems in my book and they are based on the an­i­mal and nat­u­ral world. In fact, some of these are from my own life ex­pe­ri­ences.” While Bagli read her po­ems, The Trunk Tale and The Hunt, young girls from Funky Pathshala per­formed a clas­si­cal Bahratanatyam dance. Later, Kabir and Akan­sha, also chil­dren from Funky Pathshala, did a dra­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Bagli’s po­ems. Pub­lisher, Anand Li­maye of The Ink­ing In­no­va­tions dis­trib­uted gifts vouch­ers from Ki­taab Khana to chil­dren, who had per­formed. Later, sev­eral kids queued up to get their copy of On The Wild Side signed by Bagli.

The play Vin­cent Van Gogh A Flash­back pre­sented by Chat­tis­garhi Clouds was held at Horn­i­man Cir­cle in the evening. Directed by Anand Pande, the play in­cor­po­rated the Pan­davi folk style of nar­ra­tion that is from Chat­tis­garh. Pande ex­plains, “Usu­ally this Pan­davi folk style is used only for nar­rat­ing the story of the Ma­hab­harata. But, I de­cided to take a risk and use it for telling the story of Van Gough’s life. I’m quite pleased that my risk has paid off and the play is be­ing well ap­pre­ci­ated by au­di­ences.”

Ac­tor Chai­tanya Ath­lay played Van Gough in the play and brought the pas­sion and in­ten­sity that the role de­manded. The play had glimpses of Van Gough’s life — his fail­ure to find love, his de­ci­sion to be­come a priest, his fall into penury, his jour­ney to be­come a painter and the de­mons in his mind that led him to take his own life.

PHOTO: SUPREET SAPKAL

The play Vin­cent Van Gogh A Flash­back

PHOTO: HEMANSHI KA­MAN

Katie Bagli reads as a Bharatanatyam per­for­mance is held in the back­drop

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