‘Storytelling should promote humane values’

WAKRO, Dec 23: Describing the storyteller as an ambassador of culture, goodwill and brotherhood, renowned storyteller and trainer from Chennai, Jeeva Raghunath, said that storytelling should promote humane values and spread joy and peace around.
She said this during a four-day storytelling workshop organized here recently to mark the decennial celebrations of the Lohit Youth Library Network.
Addressing the library activists, students, teachers and parents, she called upon the storytellers to tell the stories from their heart.
“Everyone is a storyteller. There are no right or wrong ways to tell a story; all that matters is how well you tell a story and the best way in telling story is own mother tongue,” she said.
Raghunath, who was on a ten-day storytelling tour in Arunachal and Assam, further called for promotion of folktales of Arunachal, “for they are little known outside the state.”
She also presented mementoes to the illustrators and writers who contributed to the Network’s newly released book, Mishmi-Land Musings.
Lohit DDSE Mana Lingi, ViTAES member Sailu Bellai and KTNS Chairperson Dr Sheelawati Monlai also spoke.
The workshop was jointly organized by the Education department Lohit district, ASSET, Wakro, ViTAES, Tezu, Khun Ta Nav Welfare Society, Namsai, and Sampoorna Kendra Vidyalaya, Dibrugarh in Lohit and Namsai districts recently. It was sponsored by the state director of public libraries.
More than 800 students, 100 teachers, parents, library activists, NGO members and anganwadi workers attended the workshops.