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Storytelling workshops bring different faiths together in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Rajshahi city organized a two-day storytelling workshop for young potential media aspirants of different faith backgrounds at Hotel Mukta International, Rajshahi on February 11-12.
Bangladesh Rajshahi city held a storytelling workshop for potential young media workers of different faith communities on February 11-12, 2022. (Photo: Joy Christopher Biswas)

Bangladesh’s Rajshahi city organized a two-day storytelling workshop for young potential media aspirants of different faith backgrounds at Hotel Mukta International, Rajshahi on February 11-12.

Under the shared cultural heritage project, the Rajshahi’s Center for Communication and Development (CCD) brought together thirty-one young people in association with the British Council.

The objective of CCD is to train young media persons to share the exciting life stories of local people.

Father Bablu Corraya, Secretary of Diocesan Commission for Social Communication of Rajshahi told RVA News, “Storytelling is an ancient tradition in our Bangladeshi culture. When I was a little boy, I was usually very much interested in listening to the stories from others, especially from elderly persons like grandparents. Sometimes I used to demand; if you don’t tell me a story, I shall not go to bed.”

“Many times, I went to the public places where elderly people gather to share different kinds of stories. At present, I feel storytelling could play an important role in communication. I am also observing that many people use the storytelling method in YouTube channel, online radio, and television in the other social media to prepare motivation videos,” said Father Bablu.

Father Corraya encouraged people to learn the storytelling process for human development.

Salahuddin Sumon, a freelance broadcast journalist of BBC Bangla said, “the Storytelling Workshop is important for our potential young media generation. Nowadays, in the age of media, we can easily present our interesting stories in front of society. We convey our message to others which can be easily understood.”

Salahuddin Sumon said that each subject has to be specified to produce good quality content. He shared his experience of how to write a good story. He also taught some of the essential techniques to the participants.  

One participant, Joy Christopher Biswas said, “I am thrilled to participate in media training.  I learned how to become a good storyteller and scriptwriter. At the same time, I have learned how to write about a subject that will become instructive and important for everyone.

Jannatul Mawa, another participant expressed gratitude towards the organizers. “I also learned how to work with video and audio mixers,” he said.  

 

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