The Programme

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Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji

by Farhana Zia

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 14 Min 59 Sec

"Aneel loves his Dada-Ji's stories about a lad from the village who would perform wondrous feats. What was the secret behind the lad's superpower? Why it was Badi Amma's roti! Eager to help his grandfather regain his erstwhile powers, Aneel sets off to make hot, hot roti on his own. While it's no easy task, the intrepid boy does not give up. Thanks to his efforts, Dada-Ji regained his vigour, and they were both able to embark on brand new adventures together."

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Kitchen Chemistry

by WonderLab

  • Science
  • Ages 4-6
  • 13 Min 28 Sec

"Kitchen Chemistry is about attempting some mind-boggling experiments with simple materials available in your kitchen, and in the process unravel interesting science concepts. Together, we will enjoy fun-packed activities such as making Fizzy Potions, Ice Paintings and Salt Dough Toys!"

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Story Marathon: Pehelwaan Ji and The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit

By Mohit Satyanand and Pallavi Batra

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 11 Min 08 Sec

"Gear up for an evening of fun because the Kahaani special: Story Marathon is back with its third edition! We kick off the programme with Storyteller, Mohit Satyanand, who introduces us to the wrestler Pehelwaan Ji, who has a rib-tickling encounter with Gappu. Then, Storywali, Pallavi Batra tells us a classic tale from the Panchatantra, about a wise rabbit who shows a foolish lion that ‘might isn’t always right’! Who wins the fight between Pehelwaan Ji and Gappu? How does a tiny rabbit outwit the mighty lion? Tune in for this fantabulous episode of Story Marathon on Kahaani Online."

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The Lonely Octopus

By Paula Fernandes

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 11 Min 01 Sec

"Friends are an integral part of everyone's life, and they are there with you through thick and thin. But what if someone doesn't have a friend? This story is about an Octopus named Ollee, who is shy and very self-conscious about himself. He lives all alone and has no friends, and that makes him feel dejected and unwanted. One day he falls into trouble, but there is no one to help. Will Ollee get out of trouble or not? Let's find out what his fate would be!"

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Kathak Katha

By Rashmi Uppal

  • Dance
  • Ages 10-12
  • 24 Min 48 Sec

"Kathak is a dance of storytellers - 'Katha kahe so kathak kahave'. Stories are narrated through body movements, footwork and hand gestures and facial expressions, all in sync with laya and taal. So kathak katha primarily focuses on how the kathakaar (one who tells the story) 'dances' the story by sometimes becoming the characters himself/herself. This particular katha talks about the beautiful monsoon, the sky covered with clouds making thundering noises, the peacock dancing in the rain and even the croaking of frogs which are all-encompassing."

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I am Unique

by Priya Somani

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 16 Min 48 Sec

"I am Unique, and so are others!
Have you ever wished for something that you didn’t have, but your friend did?
Have you ever thought to yourself that someone else is better than you?
In the process, have you ever wondered about your superpower?
Your unique proposition?
Here’s a fun story about birds appreciating the uniqueness in themselves and others. "

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Chatur Khargosh aur Sher

with Boloram Das

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 11 Min 25 Sec

The King of the jungle - the lion, would hunt animals everyday causing fear among the animal residents. In this story, narrated by Boloram Das, find out how a clever rabbit tricks the mighty lion and saves his life.

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The Real Treasure

with Varun Narain

  • Puppetry
  • Ages 7-9
  • 20 Min 16 Sec

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom in which a kind Maharaja and Maharani discovered that some of their royal treasure was missing. After investigation, the Royal Minister proved that the court dancer, Madhumati, had stolen the jewels. She was thrown into prison, but she refused to tell them what she had done with the stolen goods. A few weeks later, a visiting emperor presented the Maharaja with some of his missing treasure. When he was asked to identify Madhumati, he said it was not she who he had bought it from, but the Royal Minister! Madhumati was innocent. The royal couple realized that trust was more valuable than any treasure they possessed.

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Friends or Foes Nobody Knows! - A folk tale from the Himalayan forests

with Priyanka Babbar

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 19 Min 28 Sec

Golaacha the gillehri is furious! A new squirrel has arrived at his jungle. His name is Bholu, and he is determined to stay. What's worse, the other animals seem to like Bholu, maybe even more than Golaacha! Hurt and angry, he decides to move away. But when Bholu's new home is threatened, Golaacha has a change of heart. He discovers there really is room in the jungle for everyone, and in the process, makes an unexpected new friend.

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The Coyote and the Rabbit: A storytelling session

with Marcela Romero Garcia

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 10 Min 52 Sec

The Coyote and the Rabbit is a story about why a coyote always howls at the moon. The tale originates from the rich, oral tradition of Oaxaca, a state in the south of Mexico. A rabbit eats vegetables from a farm without permission. As a consequence, the owner sets a trap to hunt the robber down. To save himself from being cooked, the rabbit sees the coyote and tricks him into taking his place. Thus, begins a chain of adventures where the cunning rabbit taunts the coyote over and over again.

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Bubble Blast: Science workshop

with WonderLab

  • Science
  • Ages 4-6
  • 13 Min 29 Sec

Come and enjoy the company of the effervescent, sparkling bubbles that are sure to WOW you! On this episode of Kahaani Online, make your own bubble wand, watch how to blow bubbles inside a bubble, create fantastic bubble snakes and more!

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Cuppetry: Poetry and Cup Puppets

with Ranjan De

  • Crafted poetry
  • Ages 7-9
  • 18 Min 54 Sec

Cuppetry is the art of bringing paper cups to life through the versatile animated medium of puppetry. And puppetry can bring just about any inanimate object to life. So cuppetry brings any kind of cup to life, with fun, vocals, sound effects and dialogues. Let's learn how to make some cuppets with illustrator and storyteller Ranjan De.

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Ammachi's Incredible Investigation Storytelling

with Mekha Rajan

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 16 Min 44 Sec

Someone's been stealing all the unniappams! What are unniappams? Who stole them? Watch this episode to find out how detectives Ammachi and Sooraj find clues, set traps, and finally catch the thief!

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Krishna Photocopies Himself

with Dramabaaz Co. and Moving Sutra Arts

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 21 Min 04 Sec

Krishna photocopies himself is a fun story which portrays the naughty side of Krishna and that he is 'all-consuming'. He is everywhere and in everyone! This story has been written by Swamini Supriyananda of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai, and has been told through shadow puppetry and narrative storytelling by Garima from Dramabaaz Company, and Shamsul and Neelam from Moving Sutra Arts.

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Shadow Puppetry Workshop

with Dramabaaz Co. and Moving Sutra Arts

  • Puppetry
  • Ages 10-12
  • 26 Min 23 Sec

Hope you all enjoyed listening to naughty Krishna's story in Krishna Photocopies Himself. The story was told through shadow puppetry and narrative storytelling by Garima from Dramabaaz Company. In this episode, let's create our own shadow puppets and explore telling stories through the magic of shadow puppetry. Join Shamsul and Neelam from Moving Sutra Arts for a masterclass you don't want to miss!

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It's Time for Magic

with Rahul Kharbanda

  • Magic
  • Ages 10-12
  • 19 Min 28 Sec

Have you seen the Harry Potter Movie series ? Have you ever wanted to have magical powers like Harry, Ron, and Hermione? Have you ever waved a pen or pencil in your hand, wishing it were a magic wand? If your answer to any of the above is “YES”, then this Kahaani Online episode is just for you! Magician Rahul Kharbanda is here to teach you how to weave magic with objects easily available all around you. Are you ready to cast some spells?

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Stars in his Eyes

with Puneeta Roy

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 21 Min 02 Sec

"When did you last gaze up at the skies and wish upon a star? Can you even see the stars from where you live in the city, or is the sky generally overcast with haze and pollution?

In this episode of Kahaani Online, storyteller Puneeta Roy tells the story of Moti, a poor orphan whose village gets washed away in the floods. He has nothing to call his own, except a spunky little star called Naintara who regales him with stories of her adventures through the night. The stars, the trees, the little creatures on the ground, are all Moti’s friends as they share with him their mysterious secrets, making him wiser than all the school children, laden with their heavy school bags!

‘Stars in his Eyes’ is an original story that encourages children to spend more time out in nature and become aware of the wonders of the environment around them. And remind them that wisdom does not necessarily come from books, but from living life in harmony with nature and peaceful co-existence with all living beings."

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Three Little Pigs

by Cat Weatherill

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 16 Min 51 Sec

A bestselling author, storyteller and trainer, Cat Weatherill is one of Europe’s most magical performance storytellers. As a part of Kahaani Online, she shares her all-time favourite nursery story with three little pigs, and their three little houses and one big bad wolf! Are you ready to rhyme away with us?

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Weave - A -Tale

by Bulbul Sharma & Soha Ali Khan

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 17 Min 13 Sec

In collaboration with Save the Children and as a part of the #SavewithStories campaign, this episode of Kahaani Online presents actor and author Soha Ali Khan, as she reads out from her favourite children’s book, 'Someday', by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds. This is followed by an enlightening workshop by Delhi- based author and artist Bulbul Sharma, who carves inroads for children into the world of storytelling as she tells them how to craft a story. Covering the beginning, middle and the end, Bulbul lets children in on some secrets so that they can create a new tale, every day!

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Story Marathon

by Mohit Satyanand & Rohini Vij

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 32 Min

The Kahaani special story marathon gives you not one but two stories to experience, back-to- back. In this episode, we first travel with the storyteller, Mohit Satyanand, to find Sringeri Srinivas, the lovable farmer with very long hair, who wants it cut on Annual Haircut Day. Once we’ve solved Srinivas’s woes, we set out on our next adventure with our second storyteller, Rohini Vij, to visit Dadaji and Dadima who don’t like spending money. What happens when someone presents them with two besan laddoos and they just can't get over the taste? Of course, they decide to make just two laddoos and no more. All is going as per plan but they end up making one extra laddoo. Who will get to eat the extra laddoo? Can a bet get stretched too far? Find out in this exciting folktale from India.

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Make a Table-Top Puppet

by Mohammed Shameem

  • Puppetry
  • Ages 7-9
  • 27 Min 55 Sec

In this episode of Kahaani Online, Mohammed Shameem, puppeteer and founder of Puppetshala Performing Arts, lets children use their hands and imagination to create their very own puppets to play with and set forth on new adventures!

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The Old Woman who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

by Anubha The Storyteller

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 25 Min

Storyteller Anubha Rastogi Daspal loves to take people on a joyride through her stories, and this time is no different. In this episode of Kahaani Online, she picks up a classic by author Margaret Read MacDonald who writes a peculiar tale about an old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle, but was not happy about it. What happens when a fairy overhears her? Watch this funny, heartwarming story and travel to place, real and imagined! The Old Woman in a Vinegar Bottle is written by Margaret Read Macdonald and published by August House.

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The Boy & The Drum - Story dramatisation

by Rohini Vij

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 25 Min

Telling a story means more than just reading it out. It is a play of dramatic actions, voice modulations and projection. In this episode of Kahaani Online, storyteller Rohini Vij not only tells you a heart-warming tale about a kind boy and his drum but also teaches you different tricks and tips so that YOU can tell YOUR story better!

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Anansi and Five- Shadow puppetry

by Drew Colby

  • Puppetry
  • Ages 4-6
  • 21 Min 55 Sec

In this episode, award winning-puppeteer and shadowgrapher , Drew Colby, who has been performing puppetry in Africa and the U.K. for over 30 years, presents a traditional tale from Africa and the West Indies- Anansi and Five- a story performed with shadow puppets about the trickster spider-man Anansi and the number 5!

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Ancient Heroes of Erin-A storytelling session

by Aditya Roy

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 25 Min

In this episode of Kahaani Online, martial artist and storyteller Aditya Roy brings alive a creation myth all the way from Ireland. This is a story of a mighty people known as the Tuatha Dé Dannan and their King Nuada, who brought them to this world to conquer the land of Erin, now known as Ireland. This is a story about great warriors and epic battles. This is a story of magic, cunning and courage, of a King sacrificing everything for the sake of his people.

Inheritance. As a species we inherit many things from those who have come before us- technology, wealth, identities and stories. Stories are one of those things that unite us as a species regardless of race, class and nationality, those that have survived thousands of years because they embody perfectly what it means to be human, our frailties and our strengths. They knock on the door of our instincts, their themes resonate with our primal selves regardless of their medium of delivery.

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Jack's Diamond

by Cat Weatherill

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 16 Min 43 Sec

When Jack stays in the house of long-dead pirate Red Beard, he doesn’t expect to meet him! Find out what happens next with Cat Weatherill, one of Europe’s most magical storytellers, as she tells the title story from her book, 'Jack’s Diamond.

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Manthara's Treachery

by Tilottama Shome

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 20 Min 16 Sec

The Ramayana has been read in India for centuries. An epic that tells the story of Ram – the legendary prince of Ayodhya – roaming the forests, while in exile with his brother Lakshman and his wife Sita. Many adventures take place in this story with battles, friendships and magic peppering the narration but the big question is – why did Ram have to go on a 14 year exile when he could have easily been crowned prince? Wasn’t he a favourite of his parents and of the people of Ayodhya? Manthara’s Treachery takes you to the key moment in the story when a horrible palace conspiracy turns the destinies around for all the main characters of The Ramayana.

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Lithuanian Mythology Today

by Kotryna Zyle

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 19 Min 08 Sec

his story, told by Lithuanian writer and illustrator Kotryna Zylė is about Lithuanian mythology as well as about the birth of the book's illustrations. The author introduces the audience to the most interesting gods, goddesses and mythical creatures of the ancient Lithuanian religion, transports these mythical beings into today's world and also reveals „behind the scenes“ photos – who posed for the illustrations of the book! In the second part of the video, Kotryna invites children to create their own mythical creature that can protect kids from their fears. The audience is introduced to a process of cardboard mask making!

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Major Shaitan Singh

by Jaishree Sethi

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 10-12
  • 10 Min 35 Sec

A true story about the valour, dedication to duty and ‘Deshbhakti’ of an Indian soldier and patriot who made Chinese troops kneel to India's might during the Indo- China War of 1962 and became a hero to us all.

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Let’s Make a Pizza! A storytelling session and workshop

by Priya Somani and Pamela Mastrorosa

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 27 Min 54 Sec

In this episode of Kahaani Online, we’re travelling to the land of pizzas- Italy! With storyteller Piya Somani, learn how pizza Margherita got its name. And bring some deliciousness home with Pamela, who teaches you how to make your own pizza!

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Story Marathon 2

by Jaishree Sethi and Mohit Satyanand

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 4-6
  • 20 Min 24 Sec

The Kahaani special, Story Marathon is back with its second edition. Storyteller Mohit Satyanand first introduces us to Sringeri Srinivas, the farmer, who finds the highway just too noisy. Then, Storywali, Jaishree Sethi introduces us to a peculiar King who takes great pride in his large moustache but wakes up one day, to find his moustache tips drooping! How does Sringeri Srinivas silence the noise? What does the King do to get his moustache back in all its glory? Find out on this episode of the Story Marathon of Kahaani Online!

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Paplu the Giant

by Ramendra Kumar

  • Storytelling
  • Ages 7-9
  • 14 Min 56 Sec

A rib-tickling story of Paplu, a strange giant who believes in ‘fighting’ without fighting. But what happens when his favourite villagers are in danger? What does Paplu do? To find out, listen to this delightful tale by Ramendra Kumar, with a slice of magic and tons of humour.

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A Story of Magic

by Varun Narain

  • Puppetry
  • Ages 7-9/10-12

In this episode of Kahaani Online, the storyteller is asked to tell a story about magic by his puppet friend. They both wonder if such a thing as magic exists or not. The storyteller goes out in search of magic that will enable him to sing songs as he is presently unable to sing. He meets the Wizard of Potions and The White Witch but realizes finally that a true Wizard is the one who will help him draw out his own magic from within. He finds the true wizard who teaches him how to sing. The storyteller also realizes that true magic comes with diligence, hard work and practice.