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Indian Storytelling Traditions

Authored By: Swetha Prakash

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352074198

Year of Publication: 2016

Pages: 90

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  English Literature

Price in Rs. 175.00

                             Price in (USA) $. 29.95

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Book Contents


About the Book


“Swetha Prakash is a serious writer who thinks deeply about the spiritual and social implications of her craft.” - AL Kennedy, Celebrated Scottish writer. India has a bequest of stories and storytelling traditions, some of which survive till today and some don’t. Indian storytelling traditions go back to the time of the Vedas, when ancient rishis sought to connect the realities of this world with the one beyond. India has always been a land of inspired storytellers and this reflects in the profusion of our oral narratives – folktales, the two epics – Ramayana and the Mahabharata, puranas, and story collections like the panchatantras, jataka tales, kathasarit sagara. And then there is the philosophy of the subcontinent told through stories in Yoga Vashista. If we have many stories to tell and retell, we also have many modes of expressing those stories. Each region has developed its own unique storytelling style which includes discourses, picture art, folk theatre, puppetry etc. In this path breaking bookwe trace the unique history and evolution of Indian storytelling traditions and its numerous manifestations today. This book brings you the majestic and magical landscape of Indian stories and storytelling and takes you on a journey where myth, the subconscious mind and history intersect to create the world’s most profuse and rich intangible cultural heritage.

About the Author


Swetha Prakash is an award winning writer who holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. Her short story has won the prestigious Scottish Book Trust / Jura Malt Whiskey New Writer award and was selected to spend a month at the Writer’s Retreat at the Isle of Jura. Swetha has also been a recipient of the British Council’s Charles Wallace India Trust Award to study creative writing at the Scottish Union’s International Summer School. Swetha is the author of 4 children’s books including Padma Goes To Space, which has been published in several Indian languages and has been ranked 12th among the 50 books parents should read to their children. Swetha has illustrated 4 books including a Spanish book of stories. She has edited the book Storytelling for Educators for the storytelling NGO Kathalaya. Her latest collection of short stories is "The Rakshasas and Certain other inventions". Swetha lives in Bangalore with her husband Prakash and son Anivart.