Folktale, general term for any of numerous varieties of
traditional narrative. The telling of stories appears to be a cultural universal, common to primitive and complex societies alike.
Even the forms folktales take are demonstrably similar from culture to culture, and comparative studies of themes and narrative
techniques have been successful in showing these relationships
India has always been a land of storytellers. Over the centuries, we have
honed the fine art of telling the short story – be it in our epics, our mythologies, our folktales or in our more recent writings.
Told by traditional Katha vachaks, village storytellers and one’s favourite grandmother, we have all heard stories that have
taught us our values, our morals, our culture. “Katha” or the narrative is a special legacy that continues to exist in our country as
a rich and fascinating tradition, moving with grace and felicity from the oral traditions to the written texts, from the heard word to