Carnival time for Mumbai's kids

Updated: Jan 07, 2015, 09:13 IST | The Guide Team

January 16-17 will see the return of Kahani Karnival in collaboration with the Dr Bhau Daji Lad City Museum where children can experience over 25 sessions with authors, puppeteers, musicians, dancers, artists and others

The Kahani Karnival (festival of stories) is back with its second edition on January 16 and 17. This year, the festival is being presented by and at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in Byculla. It will include an exciting line-up of over 25 sessions with authors, illustrators, dancers, musicians, artists, poets and puppeteers.

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The event is the first of the four festivals, that has been organised by the museum in association with Kahani Karnival Trust. It will be held over two days at the museum and will be a multi-disciplinary event. Whereas, the other three are smaller one-day festivals to be held in the next three quarters of 2015, also at the museum.

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Honorary Director and Managing Trustee of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum is delighted to present Kahani Karnival 2015 to Mumbai. “Kahani Karnival is an ambitious project, which aims to bring stories of all kinds to life through books, theatre, art, music and dance.” She feels that Kahani Karnival would make for an exciting addition to the Museum’s outreach programme.

What’s in store?
On Day One, January 16, city schools will participate in a programme that includes author interactions, museum walkthroughs and a Fusion music concert. Later, the festival will open for everyone with an Indian Classical music concert by kids from The Sound Space music school, run by sisters Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana.

At the main festival on January 17, children can interact with authors like Natasha Sharma, Chatura Rao, Deepa Balsavar and Katie Bagli who will conduct a trail in Rani Baug. Children will also immerse themselves in a workshop linked to the ongoing Atul Dodiya exhibition, titled 7000 Museums: A Project For The Republic Of India.

There will also be tours and workshops linked to the Museum’s unique collections of pottery and maps. A Karadi Tales session through Odissi dance, an object theatre workshop and sessions on puppetry and trash art are some of the highlights.

“There is a paucity of quality entertainment for children, and Kahani Karnival hopes to fill this lacunae. Moreover, the festival offers everything a child should be exposed to and be inspired by stories, history, nature, art and music,” said a spokesperson of the Kahani Karnival Trust.

On: January 16, 4 pm to 6 pm and January 17, 10 pm to 7.30 pm
To register: log on to KahaniKarnival

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