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This storytelling festival unites international speakers with local folklorists

The Bangalore Storytelling Society (BSS) was formed a couple of years ago as a platform for storytellers. Vikram Sridhar, the founder and a regular in the city’s storytelling circuit, was keen on bringing storytelling into the public space and making it a family event. This is how BeSt — Bengaluru Storytelling Festival was born.

Spread over two days, the festival brings storytellers from across the world. Dr Eric Miller, who has a PhD in storytelling, will be hosting a workshop titled, Role-playing in Storytelling. Jeff Gere, from Hawaii, who is called the ‘Jim Carrey of the storytelling world’, will hold a session discussing using facial expressions while narrating his piece, titled In Your Face.
Chuck Kanafi will be hosting a session on storytelling in the business world. “A major international
festival such
as BeSt gives
listeners and tellers alike the opportunity to be a part of this continuous human chain of oneness with the past, present and future,” says Kanafi.
On the home front,
Dr Kuruva Basavaraju, who works with Janapada Loka in Bidadi, will bring down oral folklore artistes from Mandya. They will narrate folktales in hale (old) Kannada. The Rangaputhli Puppeteers will perform Tenali Rama tales, highlighting the South Indian culture.
The stories range from personal tales, to folk tales and stories of their own. “It all depends on the speaker, their mood and the audience. We keep it very spontaneous,” adds Sridhar.
With a whole day of events just for kids, it’s the perfect way to spend the weekend with your family.

November 26 and 27. At NUMA, Rangasthala Auditorium and Cubbon Park Metro station. Tickets (`100) on
bookmyshow.com

- Anagha M

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