BhuFesto 2023 culminates with spead of joy
anybody can be a storyteller: Nandita
Bhubaneswar: The biggest International Oral Storytelling Festival- Bhufesto
(Bhubaneswar Festival of Storytelling) organized by DotFest concluded today with much
fanfare. Bhufesto was organized from 14th to 17th of January 2023 from 2.30 pm to
7.30 pm every day in 4 different parks and open spaces of Bhubaneswar. Today, on the
last evening of the festival, renowned storytellers like Nandita Das, Lopamudra
Mohanty, Meera Das, Hridaya Ranjan, Saswati Pattnaik, Ravan Chayya, Prachi Tara were
presented their stories. Similarly, Ariyo (Indonesia), Marion Kenny (Scotland), Akshay
Gandhi, Nupur Agarwal, Antonio Rocha(USA), Anubha, Bongiswa (South Africa), Rohini
Vij, Roger Jenkins (Singapore) have also presented their stories.
On this occasion acclaimed filmmaker and social activist Nandita Das said, “that one
need not be a professional to become a storyteller. Anybody can be a storyteller. You
need to tell a story to which children can relate and connect themselves. Story festival
incomplete without audience. We need good storyteller and many young and women
can tell story as good as professional one.
Apart from this, Festival Director – Sujit Mahapatra, Festival Curator- Nupur Aggarwal
and Saswati Pattnaik were also present on this occasion.
The people of Bhubaneswar were enjoyed these four days of Bhufesto with great
enthusiasm. The festival offered the audience an opportunity to listen to exciting stories
and folktales from renowned storytellers. Many popular national and Odisha storytellers
including international storytellers from Brazil, Scotland, Singapore, Indonesia and South
Africa participated in this event.