British Council has been promoting the ancient yet revived art of storytelling in India since 2011 as part of Kathakar - the International Storytellers Festival. Storytelling an ancient art form which was present in most parts of the world and has a huge resource in India, underwent a revival in the 80s in the UK. Today in the UK, storytelling is used not just in schools but in  galleries, museums, theatres, festivals and on radio for both children and adult audience. Over the last three years British Council has hosted Vergine Gulbenkian, Dominic Kelly, Xanthe Gresham, Joanne Blake, storytellers from UK to share experience and tell stories at the festival and through our various centres across the country. It is our endeavour to promote the art form and share expertise in India and showcase the contemporary style of storytelling. 

Nell Phoenix has been performing professionally since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1984. As a storyteller, her work includes hundreds of performances to thousands of children, families and adults in schools, art centres, libraries and festivals in the UK and Ireland. Nell's work has included classic texts, new plays, physical theatre, mask work, puppetry.  

Godfrey Duncan was born to Guyanan parents and raised in Acton, West London, Godfrey Duncan aka TUUP (pronounced ‘Toop’) began his career as a performance poet. He is truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain. His style of total improvisation, fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for wild story is outstanding. He has travelled the world extensively, telling stories all over Europe and many parts of Africa.

Kathakar – International Storytellers Festival

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), British Council and Nivesh will jointly present the third International Storytellers Festival in Delhi. The festival will be hosted from 26th to 29th September 2013 at the Amphitheatre, IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi from 6 pm onwards. 

UK storytellers Nell Phoenix and Godfrey Duncan in addition to performing at the festival will tour the cities of Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore from 23rd September to 4th October, where they will be performing and conducting workshops at the British Council offices.

The Delhi festival will feature Indian and International storytellers, the complete schedule of the festival is as follows:

Thursday, 26thSeptember –   Pandwani by Ritu Verma (India)

 Folktales of the travelling people by Joe Baele (Belgium)

Friday, 27th September –       Wari Leeba by ShyamKanhai (India)

Polish folktales and Dastangoi by Seema Anand(United Kingdom)

Saturday, 28th September – Dev Narayan ka Phad by group of Bhopas (priests) led by Kalyan Joshi  (India)

Grimm Brothers’ Tales by Nell Phoneix(United Kingdom)

Sunday, 29th September-     Nassari of Karbala  by S. Ali SajjadAbidi (India)

Alha by Jugal Kishore Namdeo and group (India)

Rainforest, Creation Myth - African folktales by Godfrey Duncan (United Kingdom)

Seating will be on first come first serve basis.

For more details about the programme in each of the city