My Storytelling Journey...
I started writing this post to share the excitement about my participation at a recent storytelling event. All along I've been thinking about it as my new passion. But then as memories flooded in, I realized that storytelling is something I have been involved with all my life!
Storytelling is not about reading from a book, but about knowing the story well enough to present it in your own words. Unlike reading, there is constant eye contact with the audience and the teller invokes interaction to keep them involved in the story. There is plenty more to share about storytelling, but perhaps I will create a separate post about it.
My earliest recollections of storytelling go back to when I was 3 or 4. Somewhat vaguely I remember my grandmother sharing stories during meals which were by the window! It is somewhat a tradition in India to entertain young children (usually fussy eaters) through stories and songs at mealtimes. Sadly, grandmothers have today been replaced by TVs, IPads and mobile phones!
|An old family pic|
|Article in local paper about initiative|
|My first experience at Fr. Agnel's, 2011.|
|Just Books workshop in 2012|
Two years later in Singapore, my friend, Anu and I did a few sessions together for the children in her condominium. I enjoyed coordinating and planning with her. Sadly, she moved back to India. But she always inspired me with her chirpy and upbeat nature. Thanks to her, I joined Storyline, a group of aspiring storytellers who meet once a month to share stories. Roger Jenkins, a professional storyteller, mentored the aspirants for our ‘performance’ on March 18 at the Marine Parade Community Library. Roger is a fantastic storyteller with a remarkable ability to share stories and manipulate his voice and facial expressions. There's so much to learn from him!
|In action at the MPCL|
|The aspirants and the mentor|