Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.’—Robert McKee
Storytelling can encourage students to explore their unique expressiveness and can heighten a student’s ability to communicate thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner. It helps to improve their language skills, instills a love of reading and stirs their imagination. To foster the skills of listening and reading, a storytelling session was held for the students of class I on Friday, 23rd July, 2021 in collaboration with Books en Beyond. The story teller was Ms. Garima Arya from Dramabaaz Company. She is the director of Dramabaaz Company and holds a diploma in acting from SRC as well as a diploma in performing arts from Trinity College. She narrated the story ‘The Famous Smile’ by Ms. Geeta Dharamrajan. The story of Agar Magar the crocodile, his white shining beautiful teeth and lovely smile kept the audience engrossed. The unique warmth in the way she narrated the stories drew the children of Class I into her stories leaving them spellbound and asking for more. Listening with rapt attention, they were exposed to the basics of theatrical movements, voice modulation and the rhythm of storytelling. The effective use of puppets, the question round in the end of the session based on the story kept the students thoroughly engaged. She also asked the young dipsites to share what they liked most about themselves. It was a very interesting and interactive session. Overall, it was a great learning experience which was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.