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MAGO is an annual Story telling competition aimed at promoting Storytelling in a fun, engaging and creative fashion. Story telling is a time-honoured, age-old practice and in current times it’s one of the best ways to promote the art appreciation and love for the Tamil language.

About MAGO

AKT launched MAGO, Tamil Storytelling Olympiad in 2012 and since the event has grown by leaps and bounds to host over 50 schools with more than 100 participants annually.

As we well know, our Children are natural storytellers and their desire to participate in the Olympiad will fuel them to learn more about our society, culture and historical characters. By allowing our children to share stories about and beyond, especially those tales accompanied with meaningful messages, we will inculcate qualities such as wisdom, courage and integrity in our participants and audiences

Our objective in conducting MAGO storytelling competition is to initiate children to express in Tamil language and thereby develop a familiarity with the language. Children communicate better through storytelling, which fosters their creativity and enhances their vocabulary.

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Program Details

Age Group: For primary 4, 5 & 6 school Students


Competition Details:
First round - Video Submission
Submit 100 seconds storytelling video based on theme “Azhagu (அழகு)”
by 3 April 2023 (5 pm)

Mandatory workshop on 9 April 2022
for Shortlisted participants


Consecutive Rounds on 16 April 2023 (3 pm to 7 pm)

Venue: Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium

Terms & Conditions


  1. This year’s theme is Azhagu (Beauty).

  2. Stories with politics, sexual and religious elements are to be avoided.

  3. Either an adapted or original Tamil story can be presented by the participant for the first round.


  1. MAGO Title and Champion trophy will be awarded.

  2. The results of the winners will be announced and they will be awarded on the actual day.


  1. This is an Individual Category.

  2. The school may send only students from primary 4,5 & 6 to represent the school.

  3. The registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Registration will close once it reaches maximum intake.


  1. The participants will need to present a story in Tamil within 100 seconds. Those who exceed the time limit will be penalized. Participants will have to deliver the story in costumes and may have a choice to include a prop based on the story. The focus is on the participants’ rendition of the story.

  2. There will be 4 rounds in total.

    • Round 1 – Submission of story presentation in the form of videos and submit online @ www.aktinternational/mg23 by 3 April 2023 (5pm)

    • Round 2, 3 & Final will be held on 16th April 2023 (3pm – 7pm) @ Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium\

    • Round 2 - Live presentation of story on the actual day (for the shortlisted participants).

    • Round 3 - Semi-final round, contestants will be required to create their own story and present their story in accordance with the conditions given by the organizers at the given time.

    • Final Round - Participants present stories in different conditions given by organizers.

  3. Compulsory workshop for selected participants in round 1 on 9 April 2023 *(if you miss this workshop you will not be able to participate in the finals)

  4. Contestants need to bring their own writing materials (pen, writing pad etc).

  5. The organizers reserve the right to amend the rules and regulations of the competition without prior notice.

  6. The organizers hold the rights of the video coverage of the competition.

  7. All participants are to report to the venue at 3pm at the stipulated venue.

  8. Latecomers will not be entertained.

  9. All primary school students are encouraged to be accompanied by the teacher, parent, or guardian.

  10. All participants will be in costumes in all rounds.

Judging Criteria
The Judging Criteria are as follows: Percentage Awarded

  1. Content (Story / Characterization / Language / Creativity) - 40%

  2. Presentation (Clarity / Gestures & Body Language / Costume) - 30%

  3. Effectiveness (Stage Presence / Movement / Appeal) - 30%

The decision of the judges will be final. No further correspondence will be entertained.


  1. The organizers will not be held responsible for any loss of property or injury that might arise during the competition.


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