Experience the stories come alive @Kathakar 2017 in Delhi & Mumbai!

November 19, 2017

Come and set free the wings of your imagination into the mystical land of Kathakar, where you get to fly over the land of five rivers, the Chume valley, kingdom of monkeys - Kishkinda and more!  


Transport yourselves into the world of folktales and fantasies at the seventh edition of Kathakar - International Storytellers Festival, hosted at the IGNCA, New Delhi from 1 to 3 December 2017 and at the NCPA Mumbai on 9 and 10 December 2017. The festival will have morning sessions for school children and NGOs and evening for the public. The event is free with seating on first serve basis and appropriate for adults and children above the age of 7 years. Morning school sessions need to be pre-registered.


This year the festival brings together storytellers Bruno Leone from Italy, Joe Baele from Belgium and Peter Chand from UK. From India, we will have Nautanki by Choudhury Sajjan Singh and group from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh shadow leather puppetry by Chaya Nataka Brundam, Vishal Bharadwaj, Mohit Chauhan, Prarthana Gahilote, Divya Pathak, Rachna Bisht and Shaguna Gahilote.

Organized by Nivesh and HHACH in collaboration with the IGNCA. Supported by Babaji Music, HHACH, BookASmile, Italian Cultural Centre and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).



at the Central Lawns, IGNCA, 11 Mansingh road, New Delhi

Friday, 1st December 2017
4:45 pm – Circus acts

5:00 pm – Tales from Punjab by Peter Chand (UK)

5:30 pm - Tales of Promises by Joe Baele (Belgium)

6:00 pm - Book launch ‘Curious Tales from the Himalayas’ by Kiren Rijiju, Hon'ble Minister of State for Home Affairs and Vishal Bharadwaj (film maker) along with Mohit Chauhan (singer and musician), Dr Sachchidanand Joshi

6:15 pm - Inaugural Address by Shri Kiren Rijiju

6:25 pm - Connecting cultures through stories (Panel discussion), followed by Story Sharing: Storytelling by Shri. Kiren Rijiju, Shri Vishal Bhardwaj, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Shri Mohit Chauhan moderated by Amrita Tripathi

6:45 pm – Pulcinella through puppetry by Bruno Leone (Italy)
7:30 pm – Kisse kahani or music with Vishal Bhardwaj and Mohit Chauhan moderated with Prarthana Gahilote (India)

Saturday, 2nd December 2017
4:15 pm – Circus acts
4:30 pm – Speed storytelling for amateur storytellers with Rachna Bisht (India)

4:45 pm – Ekatma-Story of Deendayal Upadhyay

5:00 pm - Curious tales from the Himalayas by Prarthana Gahilote (India)

5:15 pm – From the five rivers and beyond by Peter Chand (UK)

6:00 pm - Pulcinella through puppetry by Bruno Leone (Italy)
6:45 pm - Strange and scary stories by Joe Baele (Belgium)
7:30 pm - Nautanki by Choudhury Sajjan Singh and group (Uttar Pradesh, India)

Sunday, 3rd December 2017
4:15 pm – Circus acts

4:30 pm – Open mic session for audience and storytellers with Rachna Bisht (India)

4:45 pm – Story of Nanaji Deshmukh

5:00 pm – Curious tales from the Himalayas by Shaguna Gahilote (India)

5:15 pm – Riddle and stories from around the world by Peter Chand (UK)

6:00 pm - Tales of Friendship by Joe Baele (Belgium)

6:45 pm – Pulcinella through puppetry by Bruno Leone (Italy)

7:30 pm – Sundar Kand in shadow puppetry by Chaya Nataka Brundam (Andhra Pradesh, India) 

The festival then travels to the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai on 9th and 10th November 2017.




at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Harkat Studios and the Sunken Garden, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai


9th December 2017  

Venue: Bhau Daji Lad Museum (2 pm to 4 pm)

2 pm –Curious Tales from the Himalayas by Shaguna Gahilote (India)

2:30 pm – Tales of Friendship and Promise by Joe Baele (Belgium)

3:15 pm – Stories of Pulcinella by Bruno Leone (Italy)


Venue: Sunken Gardens, NCPA (6 pm to 8:30 pm)

6 pm – Lore of the Land by Nalini Ramachandran (India)

6:20 pm - Curious Tales from the Himalayas by Shaguna and Prarthana Gahilote (India)

6.40 pm - Tales of the travelling people by Joe Baele (Belgium)

7.30 pm - Stories of Pulcinella by Bruno Leone (Italy)


10th December 2017 

Venue: Harkat Studios (11 am to 1 pm)

11 am – Courtly Tales and Curious Tales from the Himalayas by Shaguna Gahilote (India)

12 pm - Tales of Friendship and Promise by Joe Baele (Belgium)


Venue: Sunken Gardens, NCPA ( 6 pm to 9 pm)

6 pm - Strange and scary stories by Joe Baele (Belgium)

6:45 pm – Book launch of 'Curious Tales from the Himalayas' written by Deepti Naval

7:15 pm – Qissebazi by Danish Hussain (India)

8:00 pm - CoHear with Mohit Chauhan, Himachali folktales through folk music




Special thanks to the IGNCA, HHACH, Babaji Music, BookASmile, NCPA and the Italian Cultural Cenre.


There are special sessions for schools, NGOs, disabled and the ailing on invitation basis. For volunteering, participating in open mic sessions and collaborating, contact the festival organisers. 


For further information contact: nivesh.india@gmail.com, ghummakkadnarain@gmail.com or visit www.ghummakkadnarain.org


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