The tiny toddlers need their dose of stories while locked down at home in the times of pandemic. Ranga Shankara’s AHA! brings on youtube story telling sessions from April 18 to 28.
AHA! is an acclaimed Theatre for Children initiative by Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru. It is harder and challenging for the young ones to cope with the idle lifestyle forced due to the Corona lockdown. While many spend their times in front of screens, consuming mindless entertainment, here is a welcome initiative that gives them a chance to explore different forms of storytelling. And that is exactly what Little Cloud is about.
Little Cloud is an online programme to share innovative stories narrated by some of the leading storytellers of the country, curated especially for 4-6 year old children. The programme aims to engage children in creative way while they are mandated to stay indoors, and at the same time ignite their faculties of imagination.
Founded by Arundhati Nag, a contemporary actor and Managing Trustee of Ranga Shankara, AHA! is a platform which aims to introduce the magic of theatre and its power to reflect the times that we live in to young minds. From 18-month-old infants to 14 your old teens, AHA! produces incredible plays in Kannada and English which has proven it to be one of the country’s most important and sustained theatre for children programmes.
With their quarantine special they want to reintroduce the ancient art of storytelling to children. They will screen two stories every day, from April 18 to 28, each featuring some of India’s best theatre artists, including Ratna Pathak, Padmavathi Rao, Sihikahi Chandru and MD Pallavi narrating versatile stories in English, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and even in sign language. The stories will premier on Ranga Shankara’s YouTube channel, and the streams will stay there for repeat viewing.
While this is an enriching alternative to the usual stuff that children watch on screen, this can also be a good opportunity to introduce them to the unlimited potential of theatre.
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