Pune: With different fairy-tales and stories of magicians being told to students, enhancing listening skills, improving vocabulary and triggering imagination are some of the takeaways that students get in return while attending Sakal Times International Story Telling Festival. The storytellers from all around the world were successful in weaving this magic for the second day of this festival, which was held at Bishop's School (Undri).
"I involve the children in the stories by actions, singing and dancing and moving all around, and shouting, that's my tradition of engaging the children in my story. And here the children have good energy. We sing together and I taught them new tunes. They enjoyed the stories and guessed things right and we played all along," said Hellen Alumbe Namai from Kenya.
The students get the chance to know about different traditions and cultures from all around the world. "I have a more quite way of telling stories, just using my voice and the language and hopefully making the story very interesting to listen to. And I was very honoured to see that the children were attentive and carefully listening, looking at their faces was absolutely amazing," said Marianne Christensen from Denmark.
Lillian Rodrigues Pang from Australia opines, "Storytelling is an art to me and I intensify it using different props and puppetry. I was depicting a story of a group of animals conversing among themselves in a jungle. Such stories help children see different parts of the world while sitting in one place."
Seung Ah Kim, a storyteller from South Korea, said, "I was very impressed with the audience here. They were really enjoying the narration as I taught them how to say 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' in Korean. I was so happy to see that they were singing Korean songs so accurately and deliberately singing with me."
Headmaster Henry Sogee said, "Storytelling is as ancient as time itself, and much of history comes from storytelling. The best thing in a child's life is a story, as it improves the attitude of listening because children don't like to listen to things that don't interest them, but stories do. Some children connect with the storytellers by actions and some connect by language. So it also depends on which group of children you are addressing; the most senior ones appreciate speech whereas the little ones appreciate actions."