Chennai Storytelling Festival 2013

Teaching & Learning About Storytelling

Chennai celebrates her inaugural storytelling festival

Date: 1 – 7 Feb 2013
Location: Goethe Institute, Rutland Gate 5th Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India
Thanjavur countryside and village

Kamini has been invited to the inaugural Chennai Storytelling Festival as a Keynote Speaker and Performer.

This Festival is primarily dedicated to Teaching-and-Learning about Storytelling.  The festival's mission is to facilitate Storytelling-related training in many fields, to help Chennai further contribute to the global Storytelling Revival.

The Festival's Six Teaching-and-Learning Sessions are:
Day 1

1) "Keynote session: Storytelling in the World Today".
2) "Storytelling and Business".
Day 2
3) "Storytelling and Child Development" (on Emotional, Social, Linguistic, and Physical levels).
4) "Storytelling and Tourism".
Day 3
5) "Storytelling and Therapy/Healing/Counselling/Coaching".
6) "Storytelling and Education" (teaching Ecology and Languages).

The Festival in Chennai will be followed by a visit to the Thanjavur area for a Storytelling Workshop in the traditional Storytelling style known as Kathaiyum Paattum (Story and Song).
Our hosts will be scholars related to the Folklore Dept of Tamil University, and a number of the (especially women) Storytellers they have been working with over the years. Translation would be available (Tamil-English, etc).
Our Storytelling teachers will tell us "Raja-Rani Kathai" ("King-Queen Stories"), and "Paati Kathai" ("Grandmother Stories"), about strong and clever women, especially Kannagi of Silappathikaram (the Epic of the Anklet).