To express one’s views, feelings, and experiences to the world is an essential pillar on which the world of art and communication stands on. Expressing oneself is an important exercise, which helps to connect the person with the subject being expressed and also helps to put forth to the world a different view. It is an exercise which not only liberates but at the same time makes you aware about the responsibility that comes with expressing.
One such faculty of expression employed by humans and developed to the degree of an art is – Story Telling. The art of story telling has blossomed since ancient times. In today’s age, writing a story is a more widely accepted and successful form of story telling. People write to express themselves, their views, experiences, feelings on various subjects. How the world takes this bowl of expression depends completely on each individual that comes in contact with the work of an expressionist. One cannot have any control as to how the world might perceive the words employed, to express the thoughts. But one can and must, certainly make an effort, to ensure that they be simple, to the point and should do justice to the subject.
Story telling comprises of the story teller, the medium one chooses and the manner employed to communicate the story. Any message that one wants to put forth to the world travels extensively through these mediums. One must ensure that none of these mediums are used in a corrupt way or to further personal agendas as it will not only end up in corrupting the message and its aspects, but also do a disservice to the interest of those who wish to learn and experience the craft of the artist.
Story telling is an art which weaves in itself important faculties such as the characteristics, imagination, experience and intent of the wordsmith. But, the most important faculty of a story teller is to remain true to the story tellers’ responsibility towards the society. A story should not only be a set of words employed to put forth to the society the skills of a writer; but they should act like the source of knowledge from which the world can learn from.
Expression achieved by the act of story telling, should be a selfless one. It should be aimed at educating the society and at the same, if possible, then entertain them too. The gift of story telling should not be corrupted by using it to further the glories of the writer. An artist has an undeclared but natural obligation towards the society he lives in. It is his responsibility to ensure that his art enriches the society and does not degrade it. If an artist gives preference to his personal agenda and selfish actions over his art and his obligation towards the society, then he ends up corrupting all the three elements – himself, his art and the society of which he is a part of. Results of which can never be escaped.
A story told in its true form will enrich the story teller, the medium used and the audience. A story without a moral is like a temple without an idol. While telling a story, celebrate the trials and tribulations within it in a way that will encourage the readers, to enthusiastically endure those difficulties and not shy away from them. Tell the story in a manner that will inspire them to face and conquer their inner demons. Let your story liberate the readers from their dilemmas. A story teller must decide whether he wants to give priority to the moral of the story, which should be aimed at enriching the lives, or to highlight the heroics of the writer in him. Let the story and the moral it carries, be like the ray of sun which illuminates and energizes the lives of all.
A story teller has to be aware and responsible to the fact that his art is meant for the purpose of story telling and should not prevent the readers from experiencing the true glory of the story. A story teller should only be an element that transmits the story and not the story itself. Allow the story to reach the readers in its purest form.
Every individual is an artist. Every artist can become a story teller. Every unfolding moment in our lives is a spark which can fuel some of the greatest stories ever told. The answer to the question – ‘How we wish to put forth our stories to the world?’ lies within the voice of our conscience. Let your story free a soul to embrace its true potential. Let your story act like a guiding light in the dark of a treacherous night. Let your story inspire others to believe in themselves and to guide their lives for the betterment of themselves and also of the society they live in.
Story telling is more than art, it is a heavenly gift. It ought to be treated with the respect it deserves.