South Asia has an extremely rich oral tradition from Vyasa's telling of the Mahabharata, the Jataka tales to the dastangois of more recent centuries. But with the hectic pace of modern life and the digital age, one doesn't quite get the opportunity to realise this extremely important part of our culture.
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Four-year old Saanvi Santharam Shenoy brings you the adventures of Sia from Coimbatore in this entertaining video. Sia had a beautiful vegetable patch with tempting beans. One day, a few hungry Langurs came to her patch to eat them but her elephant, Emily chased them away. Sia was confused, and kept wondering about those langurs. She came up with the clever idea to put up a feeder so that they could eat without destroying the crops. The story teaches us that everyone can come up with a creative solution to a problem if they set their minds to it. Saanvi tells this narrative in a captivating way, complete with photographs, videos and sound effects.
Dr Chitra Singh narrates the story of the search for Sita after her abduction. Ram and Lakshman were informed by a herd of deers that Ravan, the king of Lanka had taken Sita towards the south. They started travelling in that direction, searching frantically and chanced upon Jatayu, a demi-god eagle whoâ€™s beak was broken and feathers cut. He informed them that he tried to stop Ravan but failed and apologised. They continued their journey south and met Shabri and then Sugreev, a monkey king. Sugreev segregated the army into monkeys and bears and sent the most powerful ahead in Sitaâ€™s search. Hanuman was the front leader of the monkeys. After passing many hurdles and conquering numerous devils, Hanuman entered Lanka as a fly and spotted Sita with the help of Ravanâ€™s brother, Vibhishan. He was carrying Ramâ€™s ring with him as a token of his alliance.
Suno Story really had a way of taking me back to my childhood. I have been so busy with work and kids nowadays that I completely forgot about sitting with my sisters on the porch, listening to my mother and grandmothers narrate countless stories to me. This online platform has really helped me reminisce, and I am very grateful to my community. This year has been a journey through various ages, cultures and lands. After seeing so many people pick up the courage to narrate, I also participated in the Navratri series. It was a unique and fulfilling experience. I learnt a lot about Navratri, why we celebrate and its significance in todayâ€™s world. I have to say, I am glad I did it.
"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today" - Robert McKee, a creative writing instructor Nowadays, we spend most of our free time glued to the screens of mobile phones, tablets, or other such gadgets. We seem to depend on gadgets to not only make our lives comfortable but also to fulfill our emotional needs. But despite advancements in technology, gadgets remain devoid of the "human touch". And one disheartening fallout is that the importance of storytelling for children has diminished. A conversation with loved ones is always special and makes us feel good. The same holds true for children as well. They love to converse, listen to stories, or make up a story and tell it to others.
I started my journey with Suno Story with the Ramayana series. Listening to these tales makes me nostalgic of my childhood where I had heard these stories from my family, which hold a special place in my heart. Hearing the other videos and series introduced me to tales and stories of so many different parts of the country. Suno Story provides a platform for people to engage with and perpetuate the practice and traditions of storytelling and is a medium through which people can learn so much about the different cultures. Suno Story is doing something which, in my opinion, is truly special.
A very good effort to connect children to their cultural heritage. I have enjoyed being a part of Suno Story and the festival series is my favourite. Much love from the US!
Dear Peehu Its so heart warming to see a high school student doing a wonderful job of reviving our country's age old tradition of story telling We all are proud of India' s rich cultural heritage , festivals and its unity in diversity and this very forum of Suno story gives us a chance to celebrate it.
Peehu, so proud of you! You took me back to my childhood where we used to listen to these stories from Mum & Granny. Love your work..keep new stories coming.
A nice way to connect to our childhood. In this trying and difficult time, you need something soothing to your heart. "Suno Story" is one such concept. It will take you to a virtual journey back to your childhood and you will feel like that you are listening stories form your own Dadis and Nanis... Kudos to "Peehu Agarwal" and a big big thanks for such an amazing idea... Happy listening...ðŸ™‚ðŸ™‚ðŸ™‚
Good morning, Listening to all the beautiful stories I get to learn many new things (and the courage to share a few of my own stories!) Amazing concept
Hello this is Suman Sharma , I have been following Suno Story from day 1 (I was actually one of the first few beta testers). All the stories are so interesting to listen to as they remind me of my childhood days, and even my teenage daughter enjoys logging into my account and listening to them. To sum it up , it's a experience worth a big round of applause. Keep it up, team! Glad to be a part of this
It is a great endeavor of yours in doing this pioneering work of Suno Story, and allowing us to relive the cherished moments of our childhood. I feel honored to be a part of this by not just narrating a story but also listening to the stories which give us the new insight. Thank you and Best wishes.
Suno Story is a great initiative into reviving our age old tradition of oral stories. It includes all the goodness of yesteryears with benefits of present era. I am proud to be associated with you for this . Keep going girl!! Best wishes and more power to you,