The first edition of HP Printers Presents Kahaani Festival kicks off in Pune at the Delhi Public School
‘HP Printers Presents Kahaani Festival’, a brainchild of Teamwork Arts, kicked off today at the Delhi Public School in Mohammad Wadi Pune and Hosted By Arthshila. The Festival, which runs for two days and is open for students from all across the city, was inaugurated by Dadi Pudumjee, renowned puppeteer from the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust,Vidya Shah Vocalist and Chief Curatorial Advisor, Avinash Kamtikar Area Sales Manager Maharashtra HP Printers . The inaugural ceremony itself was a spellbinding affair that gave sneak peaks into the Festival’s events, including a short story by a grandparent duo, highlighting the importance of storytelling in a child’s life.
The event set off with a performance of Gujarati song by Vidya Shah and the young kids, followed by a small skit which gave a glimpse into what storytelling is. The event, which was spread across a large area of the school campus witnessed a multitude of activities and workshops for children as well as parents and teachers.
The first day of the Festival recorded a footfall of over 2500 students accompanied by their teachers and parents. The Art Hub was a popular hang out with children experimenting with their creativity and learning new skills.
Several artists, educators and storytellers from across the country joined local counterparts in bringing together this exciting Festival for young kids. The HP Printers Presents Kahaani Festival Outreach, organized by Pratham Books, was also held at nearly 15 schools in and around the city, engaging students in exciting storytelling sessions from June 17-23rd.
The Festival also has a Tell-A-Tale Competition where children can weave their own story with illustrations from Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver platform and win an HP Printer at the end of the Festival.
The uniquely engaging Culinary Arts workshop by Abhijit Berde was filled with not just delicious food and creative dishes but smiles from across the audience as they participated and learnt to communicate with food and to tell their culinary story with delight.
Mohit Satyanand, co-founder of Teamwork Arts, created an interactive session at Storyville with his tales “Stories by Big Mo” which had the young kids captivated.
Other activities included a cartoon-making workshop by Charuhas Pandit, the co-creator of popular Marathi comic strip Chintoo where children learnt the art of caricature and speaking a 1000 words with a single picture.
A fascinating puppet show ‘Kalpataru’ put up by Dadi pudumjee’s Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust and the storytelling workshop by Eric Miller gave the students and parents an opportunity to create and share personal stories and explore various tools of storytelling in a unique way.
The HP Printers Presents Kahaani Festival bookstore and merchandise stall were a runaway hit with creative artefacts, memorabilia and exciting kickbacks for the young kids to take home.
Students from Delhi Public School were joined in by others from across the city including delegations from St. Mary’s, Vibgyor, Vishwashanti Gurukul, Kendra Vidyalaya, Bright Learning School to name a few.