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TALES OF DESERTS, HILLS MAKE WAY TO DELHI

An internatio­nal storytelli­ng fest is set to bring fables from the world over to the city

- Naina.arora @htdigital.in

In the drowsy days of summer in the Capital, what’s a better way to spend time than by immersing oneself in the dreamy world of storytelli­ng. The 14th edition of Internatio­nal Storytelle­rs Festival, Kathakar is back with a stellar line-up for Delhiites. The inaugural day will comprise a special address by Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju.

Visitors can also look forward to music composer Shantanu Moitra regaling all at the segment titled Stories from the Himalayas. Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali and singer Mohit Chauhan are set to join Moitra to talk about how Bollywood weaves the magic of music, mountains and storytelli­ng in the session, Kissey, Kahaniyan aur Dastanney. “Stories make me strong. When I first heard about the concept of Kathakar, I felt exhilarate­d and have tried to attend every edition ever since. Coming to this festival rejuvenate­s me,” says Ali, who will also be a part of a riveting conversati­on with Chauhan in Kissagoi.

Chauhan chimes in, “As an artiste, I’m interested in storytelli­ng, which was also part of my upbringing in the hills. It is something one would associate with grandparen­ts. Growing up, these fables leave a lasting impression on one’s soul.

They help you realise many things about the world, and ignite your imaginatio­n.”

Moitra, who considers Delhi his second home, says, “This is my first time at this festival, in the Capital. The whole idea of storytelli­ng is very interestin­g for me; it’s pretty much what I am doing now as a musician.”

In total, the festival has 12 sessions, and will bring to the stage some of India’s rare folk stories. There will also be storytelle­rs from the UAE and Poland. “People are still sceptical of travelling abroad. But, we have internatio­nal storytelle­rs here to tell you tales of the sand dunes of Poland, and Indian storytelle­rs narrating tales from Gujarat and Rajasthan,” says Shaguna Gahilote, one of the curators of the festival. Among other highlights, there will be sessions by theatre artiste Sikandar Khan and Polish writer Michal Malinowski.

The idea of is very storytelli­ng it’s in interestin­g; am with what I sync doing. MOITRA, SHANTANU Music composer

Fables help realise many the things about ignite world, and imaginatio­n. your CHAUHAN, MOHIT Singer

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