October 10 2015, Saturday
“It was mesmerizing performance. I have not been so riveted to a story telling, since the days of listening to my grandmother.” (Sudha Menon, journalist)
a performance by THE STORYTELLERS
based on renowned author Rafiq Schami’s book
Salim the Coachman, a famous storyteller who has spent most his life driving a coach between Damascus and Beirut, is visited in a dream by his good fairy. The fairy tells him that she’s the one who has helped make him a great storyteller, but now she’s retiring and he will lose his voice. She’s asked the king fairy for a favour on Salim’s behalf and it has been granted – if he receives seven unique gifts within three months he will regain his voice and once again be a great storyteller. She unfortunately has no idea what these gifts are.
The mood was set. The lights were on, and the actors pepped and ready. The Storytellers, in association with Gyaan Adab, brought to a roaring audience DAMASCUS NIGHTS- a storytelling performance that captured the audience’s imagination and transported them to a land of delight, controversy and struggles.
About the group
The Storytellers are a group of friends with a lot of common interests, one of them being story telling. They are keen on setting up spaces for community based activities. The crew comprises of Mukul Ahmed, Joel Dsouza, Neilum Malgonkar, Ahmed Karim, Deepak Morris, John Samson, Chetan Shetty, Deepesh Chandran, Peter Viegas, Azhar Tambuwala and Naina Rao Athalye.
You can view the event on our Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpBeX-IYAnU
The rousing performance brought a jam-packed audience to the Centre!
Mukul Ahmed was our narrator for the evening.
Ahmed Karim played Mehdi, the geography teacher.
Deepesh Chandran played Isam, the bird seller.
Chetan Shetty played Musa, the barber.
The fairy converses with the confused human.
Peter Viegas played Faris, the minister.