The Great Story-Wall Project – storytelling tour across India

There is a need to reclaim descriptions of the tribes; the onus must reside with the tribes themselves, since they have endured these portrayals for far too long.

Richard Kamei in “Uncivilising the Mind: How anthropology shaped the discourse on tribes in India” (Caravan Magazine, 1 March 2021)
The Great Story-Wall

The Great Story-Wall is a 100 metre long banner on digital art, the design of which is based on myths, legends and indigenous stories of Eastern Himalayas. The feat is also setting a World Record (Limca Book of Records 2010) on the Tuesday at Paljor Namgyal Girls High School in Gangtok.

The Great Story Wall Project, however, isn’t only about creating a world record feat. It extends to a 6-month travel based storytelling tour (along with the banner) across various cities of the country beginning from Bangalore, the base of Acoustic Traditional, continuing its journey to Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkatta, Delhi, Darjeeling, Shillong, Imphal, Itanagar that will also bring the support and involvement of various folklore-based organizations (NGO”s), government agencies and youth organizations of the city/state.said Salil Mukhia designer and founder of Bangalore based NGO Acoustic Traditional. […]

The design/art is based on the myths, legends and stories shared by various storytellers during the Indigenous storytellers’ Fest conducted in Gangtok this year which was the first meeting of indigenous storytellers ever held in South Asia. The stories that will comprise the backdrop of the present artwork are mainly from ethnic groups of Sikkim and Eastern Himalayas like the Lepchas, Limboos, Bhutias,Gurungs, Rai , Apatani, Mayeti and other groups like Paniyars from Nilgiris and Potwas from West Bengal with whom Acoustic Traditional had worked with in the past, he said.

The Great Story-Wall Project primarily aims to build interest and awareness in folklore among the youth and also engage the media and all stakeholders towards the promotion of our tradition of oral storytelling and preservation of our disappearing folklores and indigenous knowledge.

The 100 metre Digital art-Story-wall will extend by 25 metres in each city with the indigenous stories/ folklore and the images/art based on them of the respective state.

Source: Pratham Books: The Great Story-Wall Project, Thursday, November 4, 2010
Address : http://blog.prathambooks.org/2010/11/great-story-wall-project.html
Date Visited: Fri Aug 26 2011 13:34:43 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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