It was one of those long and busy summer days in college. In our final year, our college offered extra coaching for potential merit rankers; which basically meant extra assignments plus extra exams and I happened to qualify for it …:P
As these were kept over and above our regular classes, they were usually after college hours. On that particular day and at that hour, there weren’t too many people around when I was walking down the stairs thinking about the lectures left to attend, submission deadlines and all the other grinding I had to go through for the final exams when suddenly an engaging voice fell on my ears. It was so intriguing that I was instantly pulled out of my thoughts and drawn towards it.
At first I couldn’t hear clearly from where I was standing and therefore followed the sound just to know exactly what was happening. Upon drawing closer, I could hear words. Words from a story. As I stood there listening, I started to feel enticed by the story and it felt as if the story was literally unfolding into reality. Wow!
After a short while, unable to hold my curiosity anymore, I peeped inside the classroom only to see a man holding a book in his hand and reading it out loud to some kids in the room.
As I gasped in awe, I remember seeing the faces of those kids, all rapt with attention and seemingly transported to another mystical world of imagery.
That was the moment when it all happened. I had never imagined stories could be so powerful and never thought about how it can be used as an art to perform or teach, simply by narrating it the right way!!
Somehow life took its regular course and due to its daily struggles; that thought and that feeling was subdued in the corner of my mind. But I believed that someday it’ll be time for me to act on those feelings again and generate work through which I can retell such stories and create that magical feeling for others.
So here it is! A dream that took seed 10 years ago, has finally grown and taken shape into “Storymatters” – A storytelling and dramatized reading initiative for kids and adults to experience the mystical and supreme power of creativity, innovation, thoughts and dreams in the shape of stories.