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    Gear up for a session of traditional storytelling at Atta Galatta

    Taking inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore’s much acclaimed work, Kamal Pruthi takes on the role of the modern Kabuliwala in an interactive, activity-based storytelling session, which he assures us is enjoyable for children and adults alike. “The story of Kabuliwala by Tagore has been adapted theatrically multiple times and even as a film. What I do is take on the character of the Kabuliwala and tell interesting stories to my audience as him, fully dressed in the traditional garb of kurta, pajama and even a turban to boot,” explains Pruthi.
    A theatre artiste and skilled storyteller, who has travelled to six states and completed 40 shows in the last six months, Pruthi brings to Bangalore a collection of five stories that he will pull out from his jhola to give his audience a colourful experience. The tales include one about a jackfruit, which put the kabuliwala in a sticky situation when its juice trickled into his beard and another about a ghost and conquering one’s fears. “They’re all tales that children and adults can relate to. This is why I don’t narrate animal-based stories,” Pruthi shares. Woven into his narration will be a traditional Afghani dance and songs that everyone can participate in. “This way the audience becomes part of the story and doesn’t merely remain spectators. I allow them to throw questions at me and move about if they want to,” he adds.

    Limited seats available. Saturday, May 9, 6.30 pm. At 5th Block Koramangala. Tickets (`250) on bookmyshow.com.
    Details: 8861907362 (RSVP must)

    — Rashmi Rajagopal


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