Logon Ka Folklog is an online storytelling festival Celebrating and Showcasing Indian Parables & Folk Tales In varied languages such as Bhojpuri, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Rajasthani , Urdu & English. It features storytellers from across India, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. It showcases Traditional Performances such as Oggu Katha by Ustad Oggu Ravi, Runja Art by Amar Runja & Rajasthani Puppetry by Ramlal Bhatt among others. 4 successful editions of the festival have been conducted so far.
This festival started as an endeavour to bridge the gap between people and reconnect them in a culturally and socially rich space because the pandemic had limited the scope of socialising. Through this festival, they reconnected with their culture in the company of like minded people which was a very enriching experience for all involved.
The goal of the festival is to bring together our audiences and ensure their mental well-being during these difficult and uncertain times, to help artists, continue practising and sharing their art and to aid our audiences to learn about the varied languages, stories and cultures of our country.
The 1st edition took place in March 2020, followed by the 2nd edition in April 2020. Logon Ka Folklog had renowned artists like Mir Afsar Ali, Danish Hussain, Adil Hussain, Ranjan Ghosh, Malavika Joshi, Kafeel Jafri, John Kennedy, Fouzia Dastango, Neelambari Chintamani, Oggu Ravi and Nayan Jyoti Nath joining us for the 1st and 2nd Editions.
Other renowned storytellers and performers who joined us were, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Kafeel Jafri, Malavika and Sachidanand Joshi, Preeti Das, Madhu Raghavendra, Divy Singh, Rashmi Kotriwala, Jayashree Sethi, Ajay Kumar, Atish Kapadia and Ramaa Bhardwaj among others. Being true to our roots, there were traditional storytelling performances by Runja Artist from Telangana, Amar Runja and Rajasthani puppetry by Shri Ramlal Bhatt.
For the 3rd edition in May 2020, we had with us, as our guest celebrity-storyteller, Indira Varma, British-Indian actress, secured by British Council India. She performed a new adaptation of a classic Indian legend directed by Jatinder Verma of JVProductions for the festival.
For the 4th edition of the festival (Aug 2021), Folklog hosted a story-telling competition for its audiences, where participants across the globe sent in their video entries. Renowned story-teller, actress and judge for the competition, Neha Singh announced the winners. The three winners were awarded a free membership to the British Council Library and were part of other promotional activities held later.