India is land of rich culture and tradition. It is known for its several art forms which date back to ancient India. One of such art forms is the Mukabhinaya. Mukabhinaya, also known as ‘Mime’ is the art of characterizing scenes from life by the means of facial and bodily movements. Its history dates back to ancient times and is usually considered as the oldest form of theatre. Not only in India but also in other parts of world Mukabhinaya existed in various forms. Greece is one of such countries where mime was pretty common in older days. In 467 BC there used to be a legendary actor named Telestes in Greece who acted in the play called ‘Seven Against Thebes’. In France Gaspard Deburau can be credited for silent ‘Pierrot’ pantomimes, in which the performer used to perform the act with a white face.
In India Mukabhinaya started in an unorganized manner in 1924. Rabindranath Tagore came up with the idea which resulted into a mime production of his play called Arup Ratan (Formless Jewel). Later in 1960, Jogesh Dutta who was the famous Indian mime gave his performances. He was hugely inspired by and influenced by Marceau. He later established Jogesh Mime Academy in Calcutta. Some of the significant mime performers of India include Irshad Panjatan, Bunty Paintal, Awanti Chawla, Alok Roy, Irfan Asgari and many more.
Mukabhinaya is considered to be one of the most difficult art forms in theatre. One of the most important aspects of Indian Mukabhinaya is that it tells stories which are basically connected to the Indian reality of daily life. In today’s world of several languages, Mukabhinaya has managed to survive as an art form without words or speech which is understood by common man easily. This art of Mukabhinaya can therefore be very efficient standard of mass communication, which can help in raising awareness on several social problems and issues.
Storytelling has always proved to be very helpful in teaching children about the moral values. It has been practiced since ancient times and has played a major part in preserving the culture and the society we live in today. Storytelling generally consists of stories with interesting characters and amazing plot.
Most of the stories are folk stories that have been either preserved in forms of scriptures and texts written thousands of years ago or have been orally passed from one generation to another. The most important aspect of storytelling is the way it is delivered or narrated. In this article we will discuss about some Storytelling Examplesor points which can prove to be very helpful for storytellers.
These are some of the Storytelling Examples:
Storytelling Tour- Students can form a group of three or four individuals and can go to other classes and narrate the stories to them.
Continuous Storytelling Session- In this method a story is narrated and then left to be continued for the next day or session. Next day the story is continued and when it ends, it is continued by another story. One of the most famous types of Storytelling Examplesof this kind is the Arabian Nights.
Picture Story- In this method a picture is selected and the class is then instructed to form a paragraph or lines in relation to the picture. This process is repeated until a story is formed.
Stories in Songs- In this method the students of class are given a task to find a song which tells some famous story. For this purpose contemporary songs or folk songs are perfect. Once hearing the complete song, the student can tell the story in the song in his own words.
Stories related to Local History- In this method children can collect stories about their city or town from older people. They can generally find stories in relation to any famous person from their city or town and then can frame a story based on the facts collected.