What a delight to see so many children having such fun! The storyteller Rituparna Ghosh captured the attention of teachers and students alike with a rapid fire quiz on bird facts. The young ones were eager to show their knowledge and it turned out that they were pretty good at bird impressions too. Rituparna screeched like a crow and cooed like a pigeon, hooted like an owl and cock-a-doodled us all awake. The children were very keen to join in and when divided into sections to all make different bird noises at the same time, the cacophony was just like a real jungle.

After this excitement all settled down to listen to the tale of who was to become leader of the birds in the jungle. All of the birds boasted of their talents and vied for position but only the peacock quietly showed what he could do. By dancing with his beautiful tail feathers and making the rains come, he proved himself to be a true leader. Rituparna’s animated delivery of story was enhanced by the use of captivating paper puppets and masks.

The second part of the tale, when the peacock was a little spoilt and lazy, the intervention of a bee, a peahen making the peacock dance again and some singing and dancing, you will have to see for yourself.

The number of six to eight year olds was double what we expected but Rituparna was very happy with that and will hopefully return to Shriram Millennium, Noida for many more story telling adventures.

IMG_1659IMG_1668  IMG_1666  Wendy Knight