My day started with travel around the Indonesian islands through stories by a team of 7 tellers with a special appearance by Ariyo.
Rika began with a beautiful song and a story from Central Borneo. I still shudder thinking about swimming in a pot of water after switching the gas on!
Putri told a story about an angel and sung a beautiful song which is sung in a game - Tubla Tubla Suwang with a catchy tune which is still ringing in my head.
Namira told a story about a pet tiger which reminded me of the story of the pet mongoose. In the morning we go to the paddy field, in the paddy field we work work work!!! My son has started singing this song with me.
Then came the musical duo Zack and Kanya who taught us that in Bahasa Indonesia story is called "Cherlita". Kanya;s smile connects with the audience instantly and you don't want her to stop. Zack's ukulele added so much melody and soul to their story that I ordered a ukulele for myself! Their highly interactive style of telling, singing and dancing while telling the story, made me learn so much about North Sumatra. The love of a sister and brother reminded me of our Indian festival Raksha-Bandhan which celebrates this bond.
Vassilisa started with a melodious song and told the story infused with beautiful songs and expressions. Again her story reminded me of Hansel and Gretel where the witch first feeds them and then plans to feast on them! It also reminded me of another story which Jeeva mam told us once about finding your parents with the lullaby that they sung. The song she used for chasing was so catchy that it made me hum to it.
Kiki's story of getting a baby from a golden cucumber was very naturally told and it felt like I was watching the Disney's Tangled with musicals in between. I am still intrigued who was playing music for her?
All in all, it was really inspiring to see the Indonesian tellers telling their folk stories in English and making it special for us.
The Puppet Palooza was definitely a treat to watch. Seema Wahi with her life size puppets, Roger with his minister who looked quite like him, and the way they weaved in other stories in a known story of Akbar and Birbal was commendable. It was fun to see Priscilla with a monkey and I missed Tricksy a lot. I can't imagine Priscilla without Tricksy! Banu created a stampede of animals due to the Plop! It was very interesting to see that though Banu had a wise lion as king who made everyone think, Sreedevi's lion was a foolish one who was tricked by a fox.
Roger really opened my eyes about dragons. Now, I will know wherever I see a dragon, if it is Asian or not!
The final interaction with all the puppeteers and puppets was the cherry on the cake when all joined in with their own puppets!
The final show of the day was the Stepping up Stepping out, Mentees' showcase.
Meher made my mouth water with the description of her besan laddoos and Prerna's story gave me faith.
Rukhshan took me back to my childhood of grandma's stories. Her second story made me realise that every part of India has a similar story, and stories love to travel and change forms according to where they are!
Oshima's story about the snow woman made me feel the chill and Cem left me in splits with his story and antics!!!
Thank you for such a feast of stories!