Six adept storytellers are all set to share slices of their lives

Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 09:48 IST | Snigdha Hasan

It began as one night of storytelling back in June 2013. But the stories kept pouring in, and soon, Tall Tales was born. The city-based live storytelling organisation is based on the belief that everyone has at least one great story to share


Storytelling session

It began as one night of storytelling back in June 2013. But the stories kept pouring in, and soon, Tall Tales was born. The city-based live storytelling organisation is based on the belief that everyone has at least one great story to share. "But we also believe that it takes time to discover and shape that story. We don't subscribe to the idea that any life experience is an amazing story. Stories take time to work on, and therefore we take time to practise them until they're great," explains Michael Burns, curator of Tall Tales.


Mukul Chadda

Over the last three-and-a-half years, the platform has received more than 1,200 true, personal stories of which 202 have been 'performed' live. "It's a performance — a live, spoken word performance of true stories," says Burns. And of these stories, the six best have been chosen to be performed this Friday.


Michael Burns

"It's so much more fun to tell your own stories instead of performing a slice of someone else's life," says Mukul Chadda, who first performed with the organisation at its inaugural session. The actor, who used to work with Lehman Brothers in New York before settling in Mumbai, will tell his story of aunts called Chachi, Tai, Mami, Masi at the upcoming event.

Other storytellers at the event include Gayatri Aptekar, a blogger who writes on mental health awareness, parenting and relationships; Rohit Nair, a Bengaluru-based IT engineer; Gauri Balani, a doctor who works in business consultancy; Nasir Engineer, a Mumbai-born improviser and runner and Alisha Parekh, who sees herself growing old in the mountains. All the stories will draw from universal themes that listeners can relate to on a daily basis. "And that's one of the factors that makes a great story: the ability to take something that seems mundane and uninteresting, and to shape it into a story. Everyday, normal life is absolutely fascinating. But sometimes we need a reminder of that," Burns concludes.

ON: December 30, 7 pm
AT: Little Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
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