Video - Tiger, Brahmin & Jackal - a play in Orchha. Ganj children perform an ancient Indian fable. The Tiger, The Brahmin & the Jackal.
children of ganj village perform an indian fable [hindi].

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i had so much fun making this page; thanks to the children & adults of ganj village, orchha, madhya pradesh.(writes nico morrison).

From an illustration in Fairy Tales of India. Jacobs, J. illustrations by John Dickson Batten.

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"A fable is a story, often about animals, that points out some aspect of human behaviour and often has a moral attached to it."

In London before leaving for six months in India I was searching for a place to stay in Orchha, my intended first stop of a pilgrimage round the cultural & spiritual centres of Madhya Pradesh; and I found the Friends of Orchha ("The Orchha Home-stay, experience life in an ordinary Indian family...").

Towards the end of my stay in Ganj, which lengthened to twenty-five days of happy slow living in the already baking heat of late spring, Asha & Erika organised some of the village children to perform an Indian fable "The Tiger, The Brahmin & the Jackal".

None of the kids had ever performed before, but they took to it like ducks to water & although often protesting & not paying attention, after practise they became competent & even inspired; loving the dressing-up, they also particularly enjoyed wearing the animal masks.

And finally all was ready; in the late hazy afternoon, slowly cooling, the fable was performed in the courtyard of a village house...

LINKS TO THE FABLE TEXT AS PERFORMED:
    Hindi Text [Transliterated]
    English text

AUDIO:
    Listen to an English version (copyright Storynory.Com):
Listen to an English audio version from StoryNow.Com
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PERSONAL LINKS:
an album of still photos shot before & after the performance (i was busy videoing); full ganj/orchha photo set covers my stay in ganj (with gps location). Erika Tricon took 718 photos of ganj & environs during her three months homestay; as an elderly widow speaking no Hindi, Erika was widely welcome amongst the village women & the children. Erika & Asha D'Souza (founder & director of Friends of Orchha) made a formidable team.

REFERENCE LINKS:
    Tiger, Brahmin, Jackal  from Wikipedia.
    Tiger, Brahmin, Jackal  from Storynory.
    About Indian fables  comparing Indian and European fables.
    Panchatantra  The Panchatantra (from Sanskrit, meaning "five-books") is a collection of fables from ancient India.
    Jataka Tales  framed as stories of the Buddha's former births, often using animal characters.
    The Gold Scales  amazingly complete collection of fables, fairy stories & much much more!

    Friends of Orchha stay with a village family in a village house; recommendations on tripadvisor.

(thanks to NVG (Trondheim) & to Storynory for links & audio).

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