This weekend was perfect for fun in the form of storytelling by professionals. Organized by Hippocampus at Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park, Hoo’s Tales, a one- of- a- kind storytelling event had a whole bunch of exciting tales from 10.30 in the morning till 5 in the evening. “Through such events, our intention is to promote reading amongst children. The idea is to introduce children to a variety of stories in different genres and performance styles”, says a source at Hippocampus.
Hoo’s Tales, as a storytelling event, was first held in the summer of 2008. On an experimental basis, the entrance fee was kept free and the turnout happened to be as huge as 2, 500 over the course of a single day. “At Hippocampus, we see children as children. There’s no point segregating them into economic classes. That’s precisely why we’ve made Hoo’s Tales a free event. Anybody who gets to know about it can come and watch the performances”, says Umesh, one of the founders of the library.
The second edition of Hippocampus turned out to be quite an indulgence with children as well their parents. Kathalaya, Sarsayee, Story People, BookBox, Koutuka and Patara were some of the performers at the event. From masks and African stories to interactive poetry and the famous tale of Panchatantra, Hoo’s Tales 2009 was a colorful palate of tales old and new. To add to the gamut of activities was the book release of ‘Mallipoo, Where are You’, written by Radhika Chadha.
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