Wari at Kitaabo - The Blue City Children's Literature Festival

Octave Foundation travelled to blue city Jodhpur's maiden children's literature festival Kitaabo, with old and new stories in tow.

 

The festival spanned over three days, and saw an overwhelming footfall of over 8000 students from more than 15 schools across Jodhpur. Over a period of three days, students had an opportunity to interact with at least 40 artists, storytellers, musicians, specialists across 105 sessions.

At Kitaabo, representing Octave Foundation were Nicky Chandam, Anuja Jaiman, Navin Pangti and Puneet Sikka with stories from Manipur, Russia and Uttarakhand. Seven folk stories titled Ek Bakri, Iss Jungle Mein Jaana Hai, Kahani Geet Aur Ek Kahani Ki, Fyulli, Eta Thangmei, Houdong Lamboiba and Chaar Paheliyaan had children of all age groups enthralled and in splits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the stories performed:


1. Houdong Lamboiba | The Monk Cat
   A Manipuri folk story adapted by Nicky Chandam and Anuja Jaiman
   Language: Hindustani 
   Performed by Anuja Jaiman

2. Eta Thangmei | The friendly talking lamp
    A Manipuri folk story adapted by Nicky Chandam

    Language: Hindi
    Performed by Puneet Sikka

3. Ek Bakri, Iss Jungle Mein Jaana Hai, Kahani Geet Aur Ek Kahani Ki, Fyulli
    Four folk tales from Uttarakhand adapted by Navin Pangti
    Language: Hindi
    Narrated by: Navin Pangti

4. Chaar Paheliyaan
    A Russian folk tale originally titled 'Saat Baras Ki Bitiya'
    Language: Hindustani
    Performed by Anuja Jaiman
    Directed by Saif Ali

We got a chance to do some sightseeing after the festival, but the energy and the vibrant vibe that was exchanged at the festival did not match up to anything else. Octave Foundation is grateful to Desert Leaf Foundation and Kitaabo - The Blue City Children's Literature Festival organisers to have brought alive three days of pure fun - for both the artists and the students.

A special thanks to Preeti Aggarwal Mehta and Ira Sisodia for the wonderful experience!

Eta Thangmei
Eta Thangmei

A Manipuri story about a talking lamp told by Puneet Sikka.

Children at Kitaabo Festival
Children at Kitaabo Festival

Dainik Bhaskar | January 22, 2017
Dainik Bhaskar | January 22, 2017

Press coverage of Nicky Chandam's vision and Octave Foundation's storytelling at Kitaabo festival.

Eta Thangmei
Eta Thangmei

A Manipuri story about a talking lamp told by Puneet Sikka.

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