Indian Storytelling Network
List of Storytellers
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About the ISN
The Indian Storytelling Network was founded in Dec 2011 by Geeta Ramanujam (director of Kathalaya and its Academy of Storytelling, in Bangalore); and Eric Miller (director of the World Storytelling Institute and Chennai Storytelling Associaton, in Chennai). Actually, the ISN is Geeta's idea, and Eric is assisting: in this way, they are co-facilitating the ISN.
The ISN is inspired by the International Storytelling Network (based in Spain), the USA National Storytelling Network, and other Storytelling Organisations around the world.
The founding of the ISN might mark the coming-of-age in India of the global Storytelling Revival, which began in the late '60s in places such as the USA.
The Indian Storytelling Network builds upon India's myriad splendid ancient Storytelling traditions.
Aspects of the mission of the Indian Storytelling Network include:
Letting members of the public know what Storytellers in what locations are available as performers and trainers.
Enabling the Storytellers to network amongst themselves.
Facilitating Festivals and Conferences.
Communicating with other Storytelling Organisations around the World.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Education (including as parts of School Curriculums). The ISN aspires to be a resource for Educators.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Therapy (Psychological healing). It is time for Storytelling Therapy to take its place alongside Drama Therapy, Dance Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Coaching.
The ISN draws upon many ancient Indian traditions regarding developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Education, Therapy, and Coaching.
Conducting research regarding forms of traditional Storytelling in India; documenting these traditions, supporting continuations and modernisations of these traditions, and presenting all of this to the public.
Exploring ways of telling traditional Indian stories to members of the contemporary Indian public -- in the Vernacular languages, and in English. To help further develop the Creativity, Compassion, Powers of Imagination and Reasoning, and Communication Skills of all concerned.
To Join the ISN
To be listed on this website, please contact Geeta or Eric (contact info is below). There is a small annual fee for being listed.
Also, we have an e-mail discussion group, which can be joined for no cost. To join this e-mail discussion group, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Conferences and Festivals
“Aspects of the Storytelling Revival in India”, by Eric Miller, PhD
In the Press
From the World Storytelling Institute (based in Chennai) --
Storytelling Summer Camp for Children (in Chennai), 16-27 April.
Info is here. The Poster is here.
From Kathalaya / Academy of Storytelling (based in Bangalore) --
Kathalaya has opened a branch in New Delhi!
Geeta Ramanujam (Kathalaya's Director) and Beatriz Montero (the International Storytelling Network's Co-Director) are authoring a book that will be released soon:
Two Worlds: Bilingual Stories from India and Spain /
Dos Mundos: Cuentos Bilingues de India y Espana.
The Book's front cover is here.
April -- Summer Storytelling Camps at 23 spaces in Bangalore, with professionally-trained tellers. For children 3-5 and 6-10 years old. 15 days at each centre.
April 23-28th -- Opening Session of the "International Diploma Course in Storytelling". 100 hours. Taking Storytelling Professionally. Affiliated to the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) and the University of Gothenberg (Sweden).
This Course features
A) 48 hours of training, with practical presentations in various schools and activity centres. Based on 10 modules developed by Kathalaya.
B) 52 hours of field work, with project submissions.
Evaluation Assessment and Diploma awarded after detailed study by a group of International and Indian panelists (academicians and professional storytellers).
A Poster about the 23-28 April Session is here.
The Full Schedule of the 100-hour Course, and Additional Information about the Course, are here.
For details regarding all of the above, please contact us at 080 2668 9856, email@example.com .
Ms. Geeta Ramanujam
Phone: 080 2668 9856
Dr. Eric Miller
World Storytelling Institute, Chennai
Mobile: 98403 94282