In July this year,Dhara Kothari invited people to write a short story on a postcard in an effort to revive storytelling and to bring postcards back into fashion. The Stories on a Postcard Challenge received an overwhelming response that saw a total of 2,600 entries from around the country and winners were declared on Tuesday.
Kothari,owner of Katha Kosa,a company that conducts storytelling events in the city,said that the contest received short stories from across the country. The other organisers include GPO Mumbai and Settle Stories,UK. Majority of the postcards (1,950 of them) were sent in Marathi,followed by ones in English and Hindi. Apart from regional languages such as Tamil,Malayalam,Kannada and Bengali it was very encouraging that we also received stories in Sanskrit and Urdu, she says. They had to bring in language experts to judge the entries.
Along with the prizes for the best stories,prizes for the best story told through a drawing,through a poem and for the youngest and oldest participant were also declared.
While some award-winning entries are on display at the GPO in Fort,120 select entries have been sent to the UK where they are on display as part of Settle Stories Annual Storytelling festival from October 10.