Indian Storytelling Network
Ameen has led a double life in Advertising and Theater. A trained actor and storyteller, he has attended an Intensive course in Storytelling and passionately believes in the power of stories to change the world. He is using the power of stories to bring about a change in Education, to train teachers, work with special children and also train leaders from the world of business in the art of Storytelling. Drawing upon his experience from theater, work with special children and advertising, his workshops and training programs are ideal for those who want to become better storytellers. As a performer and storyteller he uses music (harmonica), masks, picture cards and songs to bring alive his characters and stories. Comfortable with Hindi, English and Gujarati, Ameen also writes and tells original stories in the form of poetry. When not conducting workshops, he can be found spreading the magic of stories at schools, bookstores or an orphanage.
Aparna Athreya. Founder, Kid and Parent Foundation.
Aparna is a storyteller and storywriter, and a passionate advocate of Storytelling in education. She works with schools and the welfare sector where she runs developmental programs using Storytelling. Her deep involvement with stories has led her to also don the mantel of a performance storyteller, as she enjoys bringing the magic of stories to life for children and adults alike!
Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.
Geeta is an Ashoka Fellow. She has performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, UK, International festival at Brazil, Storywood festival at Sweden, World Tales festival Poland, the International Storytelling Centre USA, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Norway and at many other festivals. She is also the Indian Coordinator for the International Storytelling Network (RIC) and the co-founder/coordinator of the Indian Storytelling Network.
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In May 2015, Geeta Ramanujam received the "Bangalore at its Best" award for her outsanding service to the city of Bangalore. Photos and details are here.
Kathalaya presented Kathotsava 2014, A World Storytelling Festival, November 20, to December 12, 2014 (in Bangalore). Info is here .
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After her Masters in
Communications from Symbiosis University, Sariga spent about four years
working in some of India’s best advertising agencies (Ogilvy, Contract)
helping companies tell the stories of their products to consumers.
Having done an Intensive course in Storytelling, Sariga believes that stories
can be a means to discover the meaningful relationships and spends her free
time sourcing, absorbing and telling stories. Most performers enjoy a
natural connection with children, but Sariga has the amazing gift of also
connecting with adults and this is what makes her special. She is
associated with The Storywallahs
and is currently spreading the magic of stories with special children at an
Shreya is a trained storyteller, a story lover, and a firm believer in the power of stories. A graduate in chemistry from Calcutta University, her love for children made her an early childhood educator. An alumna of Children's Little Theatre, Kolkata, it was a natural transition for her from being a teacher, to being a storyteller and performer. Shreya has an amazing ability to make an instant connection with children. She often uses visual art as an aid for storytelling, and her performances are a treat for the senses, as she brings her stories alive with songs, picture cards, glove puppets, and paintings. Shreya trains teachers to help integrate stories into education. She also trains aspiring storytellers, both adult and children. Shreya spreads the magic of stories through her dream initiative, Katharangam.
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Sowmya is a storyteller and an ardent advocate of creative arts as a tool for learning in children. Sowmya tells stories, uses arts and crafts such as prop-making and puppet-making to develop creative thinking in children, and also teaches presentation skills to children. She utilises her passion for books to develop customized book-/story-/theme-based performances and workshops. She is also deeply involved in collecting "Personal Stories of Reinvention of Women after the age of 35".
Sowmya has a PG Diploma in Special Education from Vidya Sagar (Chennai); and an M.Phil in Psychology from Annamalai University (Chidambaram). She is currently Creative Consultant at the Kid and Parent Foundation.
Founder-Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.
Personal Blog: www.ssstoryteller.blogspot.com
Reinvention Stories Blog: www.reinventionstories.wordpress.com
Swati Kakodkar. Founder, Story ki Bory.
Swati Kakodkar is the brain behind Story ki Bory, a structured story-time program conducted in an informal, spontaneous and interactive manner. Story ki Bory is designed to inspire children to cultivate and strengthen their likings for stories and books, spark imaginations, improve language skills, and build confidence.
Story ki Bory, literally meaning "a sackful of stories", offers an environment that easily allows children to shed their inhibitions, and provides a platform where they can showcase their talents.
An MBA by education, Swati has worked in the areas of Brand Building and Corporate Communication.
A certified storyteller, she is currently pursuing her Diploma in Storytelling with Kathalaya.
Swati likes to define herself as enthusiastic, approachable and organized, and as a creative dreamer. Two mottos she is inspired by are:
"Be the change you want to see in the world".
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!"