Tara Arts to celebrate Indian fables from ‘The Panchatantra’ for families online!

Tara Arts, the award-winning multicultural theatre arts organisation, has today announced Tara Tales, a new series of online story-time bringing to life famous Indian fables from The Panchatantra.

Tara Tales will be performed by Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders), Medhavi Patel (Kidulthood), and Sita Thomas (Channel 5’s Milkshake!).

The Panchatantra is an ancient collection of Indian animal fables, believed to have originated more than 2500 years ago, written in Sanskrit by Vishnu Sharma to educate and entertain the children of the Indian Royal family.

Tara Tales presents stories from the collection which have been newly adapted by emerging young and award-winning writer Carmen Gaur. The readings have been performed and filmed during lockdown for audiences in the UK and are also accessible worldwide.

These are: The Monkey King and the Mangoes performed by Medhavi Patel, The Donkey and the Rooster performed by Nitin Ganatra and The Loyal Mongoose performed by Sita Thomas.

Each of the stories uses animal characters to explore moral themes, including of friendship and courage, love and loyalty, kindness and wisdom.

Tara Tales is suitable for everyone aged 6 years and over and can be seen at www.tara-arts.com.

The Monkey King and the Mangoes and The Donkey and the Rooster are now available and The Loyal Mongoose will be released in addition on 12 June 2020.

Further tales will be announced in due course.

Tara Arts is bringing these online stories to audiences young and old to celebrate diversity in children’s storytelling whilst the country’s theatres remain closed. The company, formed over forty years ago, is a theatre with a rich diversity of voices with South Asian cultural heritage at its core.

The project has been created in light of a study by The Centre for Literacy and Primary Education suggesting that only 4% of the 9,115 Children’s books published in the UK in 2017 had a BAME character.

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