IN MTL The Korean programme featured two contrasting tales - one intensely personal and moving, a story of family separation and loss post Korean war, and the other a classic folktale (in English.) The Indonesian team of four regaled with stories which entranced us as they deftly wove threads of English into their tapestry of Bahasa Indonesia (spoken and sung.) The highlight for me was Gery's version of The Stonecutter, a story I also love to tell, given wonderful life and comedy in his exceptional version.
Panchatantra in the Forest (Kids stream) was as eye-catching on video as it had been when first presented to us as a proposal - Shelly Verma, like so many of us confined by covid lockdown at home, decided to take took us on a rivetting ramble through a forest in Switzerland sharing stories on the way. Highly recommended by our kid reviewer (a director's son!)
In the adult stream, The Ramayana/Kaleidoscope got off to a sensational start with an episode incorporating goat-leather shadow puppets (with C Managalm Senthil) and an innovative kamishibai (expertly presented by Ramya Srinidhi). So much to enjoy for tellers and storylovers alike! Barely had we been invited to a royal wedding (do I need a spoiler alert?!) than we stepped into the court of Akbar the Great and met three of his wives, brought to fascinating life by Dee Palanisamy, telling in the first person which I found fascinating to watch