COVID-19: This art collective in Kerala launches storytelling chain on its Facebook page


“There is a forest… All animals and birds are busy stocking food before the monsoon sets in…They have ensured that their homes are well-protected. But there is this monkey who is not concerned and is irresponsible like some people in our society…” Actor Vinay Forrt is narrating a narrative in a video shot from his house in Fort Kochi, along with his three-and-half-year previous son, Vihaan, standing subsequent to him. The video is for the Facebook page of Kamura Art Community, a collective of artistes and art lovers based mostly in Kozhikode.

Vinay is among the many storytellers featured in ‘Story Shots’, initiated by the Community through the lockdown with the motto, ‘a chain of stories to heal and connect’. It was launched on April four with a narrative narrated by actor-producer Joju George.

Among others who’ve related to the mission are actors Unniraja and Vinod Kovoor, art director Anees Nadodi and writer Kalpatta Narayanan. “Scenarist Muhsin Parari and actor-storyteller Manu Jose have agreed to be part of the project,” says M Noushad, one of many founders of the Community. Kamura was began three years in the past as a discussion board to make use of art for “youth empowerment and social awareness.” Among its core members are those that have studied collectively and have an affinity for theatre. “Besides street plays and workshops, we have conducted art-based therapy sessions for children who survived the floods in Wayanad and Pathanamthitta. We strongly believe that art can heal and bond,” Noushad factors out.

When the lockdown was introduced, the collective brainstormed for plans to succeed in out to folks confined to their houses. “Our initial plan was to share stories through Zoom app with those in quarantine. But that posed several practical difficulties. That’s when we decided to take stories to the entire society. Through our network of friends in various fields, we could rope in many reputed names. At the same time, we are featuring some amazing storytellers who may not be celebrities,” Noushad says.

Inspiring tales

The transient given to the storytellers was that they shouldn’t embody any private experiences or make the story preachy. Within 5 minutes, they may put ahead solely observations or morals linked to that exact story.

Vinay, who was launched to the collective by Anees Nadodi, an lively member of Kamura, says that he was on the lookout for a possibility to attach with folks in this troubled instances and he didn’t should assume twice when he was approached by the workforce. “I came across this story on the Internet. It had humour as well as a message,” says the actor, including that the story conveys that once we supply recommendation or assist to an individual, be certain that the latter deserves it.

Actor Vinay Forrt narrating the story as his son, Vihaan, appears to be like on  
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Kalpatta Narayanan shared a story about Jesus Christ, whereas Joju recollected a story that evokes him as an artiste. “We all have dreams and it is important to stay wise and intelligent when we pursue those dreams,” says the actor in the video.

Meanwhile, Anees, art director of movies reminiscent of Varathan, Luca, Sudani from Nigeria and Thamasha took up a Chinese fable about how waves had been shaped. There was this stunning woman in a village who was cursed and if somebody fell in love along with her or touched her, she would soften away. Eventually, she falls in love with a villager and someday they disappear into the ocean. They had been reborn as waves that also don’t contact one another, goes the story. “It has no message. But such tales need to be told because only then will we believe in strange things that happen around us, like the present situation. Who would’ve thought that there would be a viral outbreak and that all of us would be forced to go in for a lockdown?” muses Anees.

Anshif Majeed is the coordinator of ‘Story Shots’ and Muhsin is the inventive and technical head. The workforce is planning to launch a kids’s version that includes tales narrated by kids. “We want to keep the chain running as long as possible,” provides Noushad.

Check out the Facebook page Kamura Art Community to take heed to the tales

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