He hops on to any bus that he manages to catch on a given day and travels to schools, where he enthrals and educates children.
“Oral tradition connect people and history. However, not much attention is given to sports or our traditional games,” says Eniyan, “There are hundreds of stories hidden in them. They range from sports, health and culture and they are all interconnected.
Pointing out that most games are similar in nature, he says sports frees up a space in society to address history, culture, civilisation while also nurturing young minds. “It is an art form in one sense,” he points out. “Did you know that many hidden histories document a sport as unique to that landscape? In Karisal Kaadu landscape (Thoothukudi, etc) , there would be stories of Peruviral Kullan . In Tiruchy and other areas, it would be Katta Viral kullan, while in Vellore etc, Saan Kullan would steal the show. Elsewhere, it would be Kaattu Kullan and each would have minor variations or a few modifications,” he adds. “I talk to the kids on why sports is important, how and why changes are made to the rules of a game in local communities,” adds the man who lists storytelling as his primary ‘profession’.
Eniyan also culls out passing mention of children in literature aimed at adults and fleshes out their stories. “When I did that with Ambai’s writings, she was very impressed. How can you not teach children gender equality? Thus, I dig into feminist literature as well.”
By nature children love to learn, he says, and narrating a story is the best form of teaching, he adds.