Inauguration of Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival

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The Minister of State for Home Affairs is to inaugurate 7th edition of three day ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.



Kathakar is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of GhummakkadNarain- the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under the aegis of UNESCO in 2010. Kathakar is an attempt to not just preserve the art form but also create new audiences for the same.

Kathakar is a special initiative within the bigger festival, GhummakkadNarain, to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world.

Though performance storytelling has seen a revival in Europe, in India only few efforts have been made to contemporize the art form. The festival this year will be hosted in the cities of Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Mumbai. The partners for this year’s festival are the IGNCA of Union Ministry of Culture in Delhi, Heritage Transport Museum in Gurugram and the NCPA in Mumbai.