Kommune’s storytellers enthrall audience at Cafe Pirates’ maiden event

Muneeb ul Haq

Baramulla : Yarbal Creatives on Sunday held a storytelling session at Café Pirates Barmulla with Mumbai-based Kommune, a storyteller group. ‘The Story Tellers’ is Kommune’s popular platform for sharing personal, real-life stories.

This was the second phase of the series in Kashmir. The first event was held at Thinkpod, a co-working space in Srinagar.

The artist line-up for Baramula included singer and Alif frontman, Muhamad Muneem; writer and storyteller Mohammad Sadriwala; documentary photojournalist and Magnum grantee Showkat Nanda; singer, songwriter and ace storyteller Ankur Tewari and filmmaker Hari Sankar who is also the director of Kommune.

The event witnessed a jam-packed gathering. The session began with Hari Sankar and Mohammad Sadriwala’s talk on the art of storytelling.

Deeply moving personal stories by Mohammad Muneem, Showkat Nanda and an audience member were the pick of the event.

Award winning photojournalist Showkat Nanda, seen first time as a story teller narrated the events and his struggle to choose photography as a career and how his ‘best friend’ who came as messiah to him was no more when Nanda had to fulfill a promise that he says ‘will never forget in his lifetime’.

Hari Sankar while acknowledging the audience response said he would like to return to Kashmir, especially Baramulla, for more such events.

“I am happy with the kind of response we got here. It is amazing. We would love to do events in the future also here in Kashmir especially Baramulla”, Hari Sankar who is also a TedX speaker said.
The organizers and proud owners of Cafe Pirates – a one of its kind cafe in Baramulla, say their cafe is a platform for artists and we have a reserved corner as stage for events and performances.
“We want to give the people of Baramulla a place they can be proud of and experiences that they would cherish. Cafe Pirates and Yarbal Creatives are both Baramulla based and under these umbrellas, we will keep on doing things to raise the culinary and artistic bar of Baramulla”, says Faisal H Bhat, Filmmaker, professional photographer and co-founder Yarbal Creatives and Café Pirates.

Muhammad Muneem enthralled the audience with his Kashmiri tracks. Muneem, earlier with his personal story of ‘Kite & Father’ stunned the audience bringing the hall to pin drop silence. The story was about his desire and demand of a kite to his dad and the unfortunate events that unfolded at that time. He also shared some events of his personal journey into the music world.

The Kommune events in Kashmir have been curated and organised by Yarbal Creatives, a Baramulla-based production house and event management company.
“The actual idea behind getting Kommune all the way down to Baramulla is to give something to the people who admire art and literature and aspire to become writers, storytellers or poets. This is an opportunity for them to be mentored by the best and take inspiration from the stories of some of best contemporary storytellers,” said Co-founder, Yarbal Creatives and Café Pirates, Syed Irfan Bukhari.