Vasugi Ram Manohar is a professional story teller at Madras story works. She organises sessions for kids every Saturday, where apart from the narration of stories, kids involve themselves in creative craftwork. The following was a curtain raiser for one of her sessions. To keep posted about the sessions, follow Madras story works here https://www.facebook.com/MadrasStoryWorks
Buckle up those tiny shoes and sneak into the depths of forests. Oh there he is, the ferocious tiger seeking help to get his patch of land cleaned up. Console the ant-eater Armadillo and lazy deer as they walk past you after being rejected for inefficiency in cleaning the tiger’s land. Give the diligent goat a pat on the back for systematically grazing the land free of grass. Kids, a major challenge here would be for you to imagine the tiger stripeless. Weird much?
‘How did the tiger get his stripes?’ is a South American folktale , which though may not give a scientifically befitting explanation to its title, is sure to impart a lesson that would remain with the kids. With the growl of tigers and bleat of goats, Vasugi Ram Manohar’s Madras story works would bring the animal characters to life coming Saturday, June 29, for the tiny tots aged from three to nine.
The mystery about the tiger’s stripes in revealed only towards the end of the story. The tiger, embrace yourself before you hear this, gets the stripes due to the wounds inflicted on himself while he attempts to break free from the stockade. But who built the stockade? The innocent and witty goat did. The tiger had termed him indolent in spite of him working hard in cleaning up tiger’s land. The clever goat had played his cards well, by faking a story about apocalypse and having the tiger locked inside a stockade to teach him a lesson. A symbol of valiance and power, the tiger did not rest until he freed himself from the stockade.
If you are trying to logically find the acceptable hero in the story, there is no right or wrong choice. Nor, is there a definite moral to the story. Vasugi says that children come up with fascinating valuable insights in the interactive session that ensues the narration. This time, Vasugi plans to conduct crafts workshop after the event wherein the kids get to make tiger masks and more importantly mess up with colours and glue!
“Parents come to me complaining that kids are scared of talking in front of the class,” Vasugi says. The story telling sessions, she affirms, would help remove the inhibitions and enhance a child’s communication and presentation skills.
The article was previously published in The New Indian Express. Check out – http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/1364897