Once Upon a Bak-Bak Tree has travelled to Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Cochin and entertained kids and adults alike in the past. In 2017, we perform in Bangalore on January 22 and Chennai on February 4 and 5. The entire family is invited to this theatrical treat to tap and sing along with Usha Uthup. Tickets are running out fast, so book them right away!

Featuring talking monkeys, hilarious wordplay and fantastic sets and costumes, this theatrical experience performed in association with Evam is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.


Karadi Tales, in association with Karadi Path Educational Company is proud to present ‘Once Upon a Bak-Bak Tree’, a theatrical musical based on two of our most popular books. 

This year’s programme called ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ is an adaptation of two of popular Karadi Tales titles – Monkeys on a Fast, written by Kaushik Viswanath and The Monkeys and the Capseller, written by AnushkaRavishankar. Seamlessly adapted for stage by Evam, the play features the catchy soundtrack of 3 Brothers & A Violin from the well-loved audiobooks
There will be no monkeying around, except on stage in this 90-minute musical extravaganza. Premiering in Bangalore on January 22 and then moving to Chennai on February 4 and 5,‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ is strung together with a brilliant, interactive script, and brought alive with a mesmerising soundtrack and an extraordinary team of professional actors, dancers, and singers. 

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‘Monkeys on a Fast’ and ‘The Monkeys and the Capseller’

These two monkey driven tales are among the most popular Karadi Tales titles. How do fat monkeys get thin? Chakrapani the monkey chieftain decides that the only way for his tribe of monkeys to lose weight is by going on a fast. But can hungry monkeys really stop eating for a day? Monkeys on a Fast is a hilarious tale of the trials and tribulations of monkeys who decide to fast.

The Monkeys and the Capseller also features madcap monkey mayhem. When Taklu the bald cap seller has his caps stolen by a band of mischievous monkeys, how does he manage to retrieve them?

‘Monkeys on a Fast’ and ‘The Monkeys and the Capseller’ are children’s stories at their best – brimming with wit and quirky details.


Karadi Tales is an independent children’s publishing house based in Chennai, India. Karadi Tales was begun in 1996 by a group of writers, educators and musicians to create a space for Indian culture in the world of children’s books.

Karadi Tales primarily publishes picture books and audio books. Since the launch of the first audio book in 1996, Karadi Tales titles have been consistently one of the largest selling publications in India. Many of the over one hundred titles in our catalogues have sold more than 100,000 copies. Karadi Tales has brought together some of India’s finest artistes including Naseeruddin Shah, Gulzar, Girish Karnad, Usha Uthup, Nandita Das, Nasser, Manna Dey, Udit Narayan, SP Balasubramaniam, Shankar Mahadevan, Vidya Balan, JaavedJaaferi, and BomanIrani. 

KaradiTales’s products have won several accolades worldwide.  We have receivedaccolades from national and international bodies including the New York Public Library, South Asia National Outreach Consortium, The Hindu Young World – Goodbooks Award, National Association of Parenting Publications of America (NAPPA),White Ravens (Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Germany),International Board on Books for Young people (IBBY), Dr. Toy awards, Amelia Bloomer Project and Comic Con India.


Karadi Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd. is an offshoot of Karadi Tales and continues the legacy of passion, excellence and innovation.

At Karadi Tales, it was observed that the Karadi Tales audiobooks were being used to support language development, both formally and informally. When the people at Karadi Tales started studying this use, they realised that the need for improving language skills was high and Karadi Tales audiobooks were only partially fulfilling it.

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