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Narratives: the oral tradition of storytelling and fiction

LSE Department of Anthropology Literary Festival event

Date: Saturday 2 March 2013 
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Vayu Naidu, Michael Wood
Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

After a performance by the highly acclaimed story teller Vayu Naidu of a story from the Ramayana, this discussion will explore the oral tradition of storytelling, and fiction.

Vayu Naidu is a story teller.  She is founder and artistic director of the Vau Naidu company, which promotes storytelling as theatre, with a signature style combining text, music and dance.  She has brought research and performance of oral traditions into British Academy, creating new works with composers and orchestras and for theatre and radio drama. Her debut novel is Sita's Ascent.

Michael Wood is a British historian and filmmaker . He has made over 100 documentary films including In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India, which have been seen in most countries of the world; the latest was The Great British Story on BBC 2 this summer. Among his many books he is the author of The Story of India (BBC) and a contributor to Chidambaram the Home of Nataraja (Marg Mumbai); his South Indian Journey (Penguin) was praised by Rough Guides as ‘one of the most enlightening books ever written about South India’. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a governor of the RSC.

Mukulika Banerjee is a reader in Social Anthropology at LSE.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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A podcast of this event is available to download from Literary Festival 2013: Narratives: the oral tradition of storytelling and fiction.

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