Aboard the palanquin

Updated: 27 December, 2019 08:52 IST | Prachi Sibal | Mumbai

Listen to tales of transport from the days of yore at this session

A palanquin museum exhibit
A palanquin museum exhibit

Did you know that palanquin bearers had their own chants? Also, did you know that the first train in Mumbai went from Bori Bunder to Thane, with a stop in Sion (then Watershed station)? All this and more is in store at Transport Tales, a storytelling session for children, this weekend.

Sherline Pimentaof Kathanika, inspired by the museum exhibits at Dr Bhau Daji Lad City Museum, will take listeners through these two modes of transports and the stories that surround them. "I will talk about not just these events (the first train in Mumbai), but speak of the stories behind them," says Pimenta explaining that her method involves extensive research into the subject followed by an interactive format.

Sherline Pimenta at a storytelling session
Sherline Pimenta at a storytelling session

So, while they listen to stories of palanquin-bearers, kids will be able to chant like them and when listening to tales about the train, they will get to imagine and design their own futuristic mode of transport. "That's the first step to take towards building something creative," shares Pimenta.

Besides these stories, she will bring in aspects of one-person travel and travel in groups. Pimenta will invite parents to join the sessions with children, so they can take these stories back home. "I speak about two modes of transport and once they go back, the children will be able to talk about other means," she elaborates.

Pimenta describes her approach as one that involves education, information and enjoyment, though she isn't too worried about the learning. "I tell everyone, relax and listen to the stories. The learning will come," she says.

On December 28, 11 am to 12 pm.
At Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 1 A, Rani Baug, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla East.
Cost Museum entry fees apply
Call 23731234

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First Published: 27 December, 2019 08:45 IST

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