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One-day workshop on "Analysing Fairytales" to be held in Chennai
A one-day workshop is being organized by Chennai-based World Storytelling Institute and Katha Kamamishu on "Analysing Fairytales". The workshop would be led by expert Ruth Stotter who has directed a storytelling program at a college in California for 15 years, informed the organizers of the event being held on Sunday 28th February in Chennai.

According to the organizers of the workshop, many fairytales model necessary tests for maturation, while others illustrate the individual's journey to wholeness. Accordingly, the will help participants in  exploring motifs, tale-types, and archetypes in fairytales; and to the use of fairytales to achieve "individuation" or the integration of aspects of an individual's personality, adulthood, and successful family and social relationships.

The Workshop, being held at Potti Sreeramulu Memorial Society Hall in Chennai, is open to parents, teachers, educators, therapists, storytellers, and writers.

A wide variety of storytelling-related subjects, including audience-participation storytelling, tandem storytelling with two or more performers telling story together; storytelling with props, masks, puppets, string, origami, and music; expanding short stories, and shortening long stories; pre-school storytelling; storytelling across curriculums by using storytelling to teach academic subjects, etc. will be explored in the workshop since the workshop director has expertise in these areas.

In childhood, the fairytales allow children to fantasize innocently. While stressing the importance of fantasy development through childhood experience noted scientist Albert Einstein had said, "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking." The right kinds of fairy tales have the potential to develop a children's imagination.

However, age-appropriate right kind of fairy tales need to chosen and narrated in the right way to develop values and critical thinking skills along with fantasy. Also, there is a need to modify politically incorrect to make them work better for children of different age groups, I feel.

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