What is it?

In its fifth year, Kathakaar is an international storytellers festival being organised by Nivesh and the IGNCA, with support from the British Council and the National Museum Institute. The festival aims to provide a platform to revive the oral tradition of storytelling by bringing a plethora of renowned storytellers together.

Who is it for?

If you enjoy listening to stories or if you haven’t witnessed or experienced a story-telling session yet, this is a must-attend for you.

Why should I go for it?

Because it is only once in a year that internationally renowned storytellers like Puran Bhat, Usha Venkatramen, Tim Ralphs, Emily Hennessey and Giles Abbott come under one roof to narrate a plethora of stories from around the world. Entry to the public sessions is free and on first-cum-first-served basis. The shows are open to adults and children above the age of seven years.

You can catch the beautiful tales of Amar Singh Rathore, The Firebird {Russian story of a huntsman, his talking horse, and the terrible commands of a wicked king}, Ice & Fire {Norse mythology},  Tatterhood {Norwegian story of a family of trolls},  Starry Night, Hiranyakashyap, East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon {wonderful Norwegian version of a Greek myth} and more.

Anything else?

Pre-register for ‘open mic’ on Saturday, February 6, an informal session for the storyteller in you. You can also volunteer with them, so do contact them soon.

When: 5 – 7 February

Where: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts 1, C. V. Mess, Janpath

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat, Gate Number 2

Timings: 4.30pm – 8pm

Contact: Write to nivesh.india@gmail.com or ghummakkadnarain@gmail.com

To sign up, check out their website here. Follow their Facebook page here.