Nandita Das, Neelesh Misra, Ramendra Kumar among storytellers in BhuFeSto

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Storytellers in various genres — award winning children’s writer Ramendra Kumar, filmmakers Nandita Das and Shabnam Virmani, journalist-radio raconteur Neelesh Misra, and author Deepa Kiran — will feature in BhuFesto, a five-day storytelling festival starting here on Thursday.

BhuFesto is part of the larger “.FEST”, Bhubaneswar’s 16-day festival of food, entertainment, stories and city trails, organised by Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Odisha Tourism.

Ramendra Kumar, Deepa Kiran, Nandita Das and Neelesh Mishra are some of the national storytellers that will be part of the festival, along with prominent international ones including Paula Martin from Argentina, Wangari Grace from Kenya, Dr. Wajuppa Tossa from Thailand, Dongjoo Bang from Korea and Sabrina Anastasia from France.

The festival will also feature local storytellers Usasi Mishra, Anant Mahapatra, Prachi Tara Mishra and Gauranga Das.

“BhuFesto is a good medium and platform for them to get to know more about the city of Bhubaneswar through our local storytellers as well as learn about other countries and cultures through our international and national storytellers,” said Bhubaneswar Development Authority Vice-Chairman Krishan Kumar.

Storytelling, he added, is a great way for people to learn and to teach about history, cities, and life lessons.

“It also builds a sense of togetherness, a community gathering and sharing of tales and anecdotes. ‘.FEST’ being the coming together of cultures from all around the world, blends seamlessly with BhuFesto which includes participants from across India and different parts of the globe,” he added.

BhuFesto will be held from December 6 to 10 at Buddha Jayanti Park in Chandrasekharpur, Indira Gandhi Park opposite Secretariat and Kharavela Park near Khandagiri-Udayagiri. It will be curated by city-based Bakul Foundation and held from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the scheduled dates.

Buddha Jayanti Park is being developed into the world of Panchatantra where one would see art installations evoking stories from the collection. Indira Gandhi Park is being developed into the world of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Kharavela Park is being developed into the world of Arabian Nights.

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