Kahaaniya by Tape A Tale : ‘personal, heartfelt and without any filters’

Conducting storytelling sessions in almost 20 cities across India, Tape a Tale helps discover narratives within a platform

Stories are what make us. It was this belief that ensured that 27-year-old Kopal Khanna start Tape a Tale along with 28-year-old Ali Husen two and half years ago. An online platform where people can record their personal audio stories and share them with the world, Tape a Tale is all about sharing stories. The stories can be anything which inspire a person – personal experiences, reflections on relationships, thoughts on mundane happenings in the world and anecdotes from the past.

The process to getting one’s voice heard is pretty simple – record your tale, share it with them over mail or WhatsApp and after minor tweaks, (mostly technical) your story is uploaded onto the website. The founder says, “I think this platform brings together both the aspects of my personality – the storyteller and the storyfinder in me. There’s a kind of magic in spoken word that’s missing when you read stories about people.”

The young co-founder says that a lot of her personality traits and interests have culminated into making Tape a Tale what it is today. “I’ve always been a curious person and love to talk and interact with people, getting to know them and the stories they are made of. Visiting new places and meeting new people is something I really enjoy. All of this have made this an inclusive and welcoming platform,” she shares.

Apart from their website, Tape a Tale conducts regular storytelling sessions in almost 20 cities across India. While their event, House of Stories – conducted in living rooms of people takes place on a regular basis, another event, Kahaaniya brings together storytellers and listeners onto a single platform.

Kahaaniya by Tape A Tale : ‘personal, heartfelt and without any filters’

“The format we have for our forthcoming show is very simple. We have eight speakers who were selected from the entries sent to us who will be sharing five-minute stories on the stage. Apart from these speakers, we have two open mics in which people from the audience will be asked to share stories on stage. The tales narrated will be personal, heartfelt and without any filters.” Kopal explains.

Their modus operandi is simple and precise – they put out an event notice for entries and select ones that connect easily. For their event in the city, Kopal reveals that they received around 60-70 stories (a number she says she is happy with considering that they just started out) and have made their choice of speakers from the mix. The stories in store for Hyderabadis are varied and deeply rooted in relationships – from grandparents to tales of love, loss and laughter.

The young founder is enthused by her journey so far. She smiles, “We deal with everything that falls under the story umbrella. We have regular storytellers who become popular and gather their own following. We host gigs in colleges and conduct workshops as well.”

Kopal finds the crowd in Hyderabad unique and says she is excited to be in the city. “The city is always welcoming and gives unique stories. The language here is different and I must say that we receive a lot of love stories from here. After a long time we are hosting three love stories on one evening and all I say is that they are very well-written. The storyteller/poetry community is growing, so we hope to conduct more of these sessions on a regular basis.”

(Kahaaniya – a storytelling show will be held at The Moonshine Project on October 13 at 6 pm.)

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