“Bakul has been organizing storytelling sessions at Bakul Library since the beginning of the library in 2007. It also curated BhuFeSto, the Bhubaneswar Festival of Storytelling last year, as part of .Fest organized by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Odisha Tourism during the world cup hockey. BhuFeSto in its first edition itself made a mark as one of the best storytelling festivals in India and many of the very best storytellers in the country who could not make it to the first edition reached out to Bakul to be a part of its storytelling events,” said Sujit Mahapatra, founder of Bakul Foundation.
Every weekend now the Bakul Library has been hosting sessions by some of popular, national level storytellers. Nupur Aggarwal of the Storywallahs founded by Ameen Ul Haque came from Hyderabad and did a storytelling last Saturday. Lopamudra Mohanty, originally from Odisha but a professional storyteller based in Mumbai performed at Bakul on Sunday. Shalini Bansal from Delhi will be coming down to perform next Sunday.
“Many more storytellers are lined up for the subsequent weeks. The storytellers are among the best in the country and normally are difficult to get. But inspired by the Volunteerism that runs Bakul and its work to promote reading among children, they have been doing the sessions pro bono,” said Mahapatra.
Children are having lots of fun and great time finding their favourite storytellers near them. “Sunday cannot be more beautiful than this with so interesting stories. We no more sit with mobile phones or watching TV but get amazed in this world of storytellers,” said Ayushman, a student of class VII.