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AHA! International theatre treat for kids in Bangalore

Children in the city can get ready to enjoy some exciting days as the AHA!, International Theatre for Children Fest ’11 is all set to kickstart in Bangalore.

If you’ve always wanted to get your
kids more involved in arts and theatre, here’s your chance to do so. The AHA! International Theatre for Children Fest ’11 at Ranga Shankara has plays and story-telling sessions for 3 to 12 year olds and above. Troupes and storytellers from Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, UK and India will be performing at the festival. The festival will open with a Kathakali performance and the episode of Lava-Kusha in the play “Lavanasuravadham”, one of the most celebrated “Aata Kathas” of Kathakali will be staged by Kalakshetra of Chennai.

The Indo-Korean collaborative play by children, “Huengbu, Nolbu” based on a Korean folktale will be directed by Kevin Kim of Theatre Seoul. The play opened in Korea recently to much acclaim and brings the resplendent Korean way of doing theatre – colourful costumes and live singing accompanied by Korean instruments.

The 2000 year old form of India, Kutiyattam, will launch AHA!’s storytelling programme, “The Little Cloud”. The young Kapila Venu will perform an episode from the life of Lord Krishna. Stefo Nantsou, the Australian storyteller, Vayu Naidu from the UK and our own Padmavati Rao are the other storytellers. All the four storytellers will perform for children from 5 to 12. There will be a “Painting Day” which will be open to children from 5 years and above. The paintings by the children will be displayed at Ranga Shankara during the Fest and beyond.

“It is a privilege to have veterans like Sri Sadanam Balakrishnan and Leela Samson perform for AHA! Children. A Kutiyattam performance will launch our storytelling programme. Kutiyattam is a 2000 year old form declared a World Heritage by UNESCO recently. I hope parents will bring their children to watch these to ignite curiousity for Indian forms in them,” says Arundhati Nag, the Creative Director of Ranga Shankara. “We have handpicked performances from several countries in order to ensure every child in the age group of 3 to 12 years has something in the Fest”.
Complete details on AHA! Fest ’11 are available on Tickets (discounted rates for children) are on sale at Ranga Shankara, and

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