BANGLA TO BRUM: An eclectic mix of Asian folk tales as passed down from generation to generation. Saikat weaves together the stories using the experiences of his mother travelling from the lush greenery of Bengal to eventually the bustling metropolis of Birmingham.
THALI TALES: A hugely popular and successful series of dates where food and stories, old companions, come together. Held at three of the four Thali Cafés across Bristol, Saikat regales the audience with tales both from folklore and literature from the Indian Subcontinent as the audience tucked into sumptuous food filled with spice and warmth.
RAMA AND SITA: along with fellow storyteller Michael Loader and musician Stefan Cartwright, Saikat brings to life the rich tapestry of the Ramayana. All the characters are here, Rama, Sita, ten-headed Ravana and of course, monkey warrior, son of Vayu, god of wind, Hanuman the Great!
AFRICAN TALES: Michael Loader joins Saikat as they explore the old stories from the birthplace of mankind. African tales of tricksters, kings and of course Anansi, the irrepressible!
GRIMM AND GRIMMER: Two brothers lost in the wild woods, two storytellers searching for a missing tale…
To celebrate this year’s 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimms’ Fairytales, Bristol’s own brothers-in-storytelling Martin Maudsley and Saikat Ahamed delve into a magical, mythical landscape and unravel a ball of yarns behind them. Rescued from Hollywood happy endings, here are deceptively nuanced tales of hapless travellers and hidden beauty, of animals that talk and are always worth listening to, and of horrible fates for those who ignore the warnings in front of them. Above all these are tales of transformation, where to step into the heart of the deep, dark forest is to be changed forever.