Chennai, Nov 5: A creative way of promoting tourism has been taken up by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation in the form of grandma's tales and personal histories of ethnic communities. It has extended support to The World Storytelling Institute (WSI) for this, which will explore new methods of promoting cultural interactions for tourists with local communities. The effort is expected to enhance the experience of tourists and promote cultural transmission as well.
As part of this effort, the WSI is hosting a Storytelling Tourism Project that commenced on November 2 and will continue till November 15 in the city. The co-founders of the Institute, Eric Miller and Jeeva Raghunath, are leading the project along with 18 international participants who would interact with local storytellers and learn their styles. The local storytellers will be sharing their knowledge on Villupattu , Harikatha and grandma tales with this project's participants. Artists from the fields of dance, koothu and puppetry will also be engaging with the participants to discuss how each of these art forms can be incorporated into storytelling to narrate cultural experiences to tourists.