.FEST continues to offer a splendid experience


Bhubaneswar: .FEST (Bhubaneswar CityFestival) continues to draw audiences in thousands who are left amazed by theexperiences at the festival.

The second day of BhuFeSto- International Storytelling Festival also witnessed enthusiastic audiences who thronged thethree parks for an engaging experience of curated storytelling sessions.

The evening entertainment began with opening acts by popular stand-up comedians, Rohit Swain and Kumar Varun. They set the tone for a fun night as they took on the stage individually and left audience in splits.

Known for his trademark angry-rant styledhumour, Biswa Kalyan Rath was at his best as he left the audience chuckling formore. Covering topics about everyday experience with telephones, mathematicsand many more, the comedian entertained the audience for 45 minutes with hiswhacky rants that were clubbed with lots of fun and relatable contexts.

The second day of BhuFeSTo (International Storytelling Festival) beckoned audiences once again for a memorable storytelling experience. Hundreds of people ranging from young to old including a couple nearing the centenarian mark attended the session.

Curated by Bakul Foundation for .FEST,the storytelling session brought together world-class storytellers from across the world like France, Kenya, Argentina and Thailand.

Wangari Grace, the most famous storyteller from Kenya and Africa, is known for themed performances and making her storytelling sessions personalized and interactive.

At BuFeSto, Wangari brought to lifejungle and animals, who walk the jungle in her storytelling session. The message she tried to put forth through her stories was about being determined in life in all pursuits. She ended her session with a song in Swahili and the kids sang along like it was a very familiar language.

Paula Martin, renowned storyteller from Argentina narrated a tale of witches reunion and a woodcutter in her magical way. The clever use of audio with various Latin-American instruments such asthe ukele, wind-horn and a high pitched witch cry had the audience jumping out of their skin.

Sabrina Arusam is a professional puppeteer from France presently settled in India. She is known for exploring the cultural connect between India and France in her stories and keeping it interactive. The audiences in Bhubaneswar were amazed as she blended art forms and stories through a puppet and Hindustani music.

Wajuppa Tossa from Thailand tellsThai/Lao folktales to revitalize their storytelling tradition. She has performed and taught all across the world sharing Thai/Lao, Southeast Asian and international folktales which is what she plans to do at BuFeSto. Her sessions begin from 08 December.

People in Bhubaneswar can attend BhuFeStoand watch these storytelling maestros at their best sessions being held at Indira Gandhi Park, Kharavela Park and Buddha Jayanti Park from 2.30 pm to 6.30pm until 10 December. Audiences also continued to tuck into the delectable range of food at the International Street Food Festival that is a popular hit with one and all.

To complete Day 8 of .FEST on a high-note tomorrow, the audience will witness a star-studded performance by India’s renowned talent, Shreya Ghoshal.