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Folktales of friendly devils and witches at story festival

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Folktales of Hungary has devils and witches as friendly characters, not negative but stupid to be in nature, says Daniel Hall, story teller from Hungary who participated in the Kathakar International Story Telling Festival here.

Hungarian folk tales were translated to English by this young story teller.


"I have come here with a good number of stories from Hungary which I had translated to English. The traditional stories of Hungary are very interesting", says Hall.

"I am an actor basically, but I turned to story telling after I an English actor. I knew the possibilities of story telling", he told PTI.

The story telling sessions included a fairy tale of sun who began a journey to get warmer since he felt cold.

"I like the story of sun very much because it has got some values", says Hall.

"In this story he was a baby sun and will grow and goes on a journey. He was cold, He wanted get warm, In his journey he finds that he has some fundamental role in life.

Speaking on the characters of devils and witches in Hungary, he says "one tradition in Hungarian stories are friendly devils and witches, they are playful characters and even helpful, if negative, they are not evil, but stupid in nature.

These traditional Hungarian stories were collected by Daniel through various research.

Daniel has worked as a performance artist, mainly in English language theater and is also in television and commercial voice over fields. Apart from this he is involved in directing and writing performances.

He has shared Hungarian and European folktales at the festival here. They included, The shivering little sun, The sad Prince and the Devils; The One-eyed Lad and the Ugly Little Princess and Love- recycling tale.

The second edition of Kathakar-International Storytellers festival was organised by The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and Nivesh India.

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