If trees could speak... Tales of Epic Struggles in the Dadakar Forest created by Kerima Mohideen
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The Ramayana is one of India`s great epic tales and widely known throughout South Asia. However, is this story as it is traditionally told, all there is to tell? Who were the demons? What was the war really about? Where are the women`s voices? The Dandakar Forest in Eastern India is the setting for the Ramayana. Today the Dandakar forest is again the site of bitter struggle. If the trees could speak, what stories would they tell?
Mining companies prowl the land hungry for the minerals beneath the trees. They are fiercely opposed by the Adivasi people who have lived in the forest for centuries. Maoist guerrillas fighting a decades’ old armed struggle for social justice also occupy the forest. In order to clear the way for mining, the Indian government has gone to war against its own people. What happens to an Adivasi woman who dares to make her voice heard?
This lively interweaving of a contemporary real life story with a feminist re- telling of a traditional myth is performed in honour of the courage of the women and men on the frontlines of a struggle to protect a forest which is in danger of becoming a place that will only exist in a story.
Suitable for ages 14 and up.
If the trees could speak was created by Kerima Mohideen on the 2017 three month ISOS course Storytelling Beyond Words at Emerson College. Kerima is a storyteller and a teacher based in London. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://juststorytellingblog.wordpress.com/
This performance will be just over an hour long plus a ten minute interval and some time for questions and discussion at the end.