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Indian Storytelling Network

 

Bangalore

 

 


Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
(in alphabetical order)

1) Ameen Haque.
2) Aparna Athreya.

3) Geeta Ramanujam.

4) Kalyan C. Kankanala.

5) Lavanya Prasad.

6) Sangeeta Goel.
7) Sariga Menon.
8) Shreya Biswas.

9) Shylaja Sampath.
10) Sowmya Srinivasan.

11) Swati Kakodkar.

Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Bangalore.

  

1
Ameen Haque.  Founder, Storywallahs.

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. 

Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.
Contact:
98455 36114
ameen@thestorywallahs.com
www.thestorywallahs.com

  
2

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.

Contact:

99452 25126

aparnaathreya@gmail.com

www.kiddywiki.com

www.facebook.com/kiddywiki

 

 

3
Geeta Ramanujam
.  Director, Kathalaya and Academy of Storytelling
Geeta Ramanujam, besides being an internationally renowned storyteller, is an educator, academician and administrator.  She is the Executive Director of Kathalaya Trust, which is the culmination of her vision and wisdom.  Geeta uses storytelling as an effective educational and cultural tool in many leading educational institutions in India and abroad.  She has also established and founded the Academy of Storytelling, the only globally-recognized Academy for Storytelling in the World.  The Academy offers both Certificate and Diploma courses in Storytelling.  Spanning over 34 years in the Educational field, Geeta has introduced Storytelling as a Learning tool in many corners of the world.  She has trained over 67,000 people in the field of storytelling.

 

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.

 

For Ongoing Activities (Jan 2018), please click here.

 

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.

 

Articles, video recordings, etc --

 

Performance in 2017

 

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/telling tales

 

http://thebrightlamp.com/stories/geetaramanujam-you-are-the-story-storyteller

 

http://thebrightlamp.com/stories/geetaramanujam-you-are-the-story-storyteller/Achievements of Geeta

 

http://www.harmonyindia.org/hportal/VirtualPageView.jsp?page_id=21572

 

http://youthopia.in/article/Story-Telling-The-lost-Saga

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2ccK66KKe8

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRK3dT8oWg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2ccK66KKe8

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRK3dT8oWg

 

Contact:

8277389840

9845207073

080 2668 9856

kathalaya@gmail.com

www.kathalaya.org

Kathalaya, #88, BHBCS Layout, 2nd Cross, 3rd Main,

BTM II Stage, Bannerghatta Road,

Bangalore - 560 076

 

 

4

Dr Kalyan C. Kankanala.

     Dr. Kalyan Kankanala is a renowned Intellectual Property (IP) attorney, professor, and novelist.  He specializes in helping clients maximize business and financial value from creative ideas through effective intellectual property protection, management, and commercialization.  Since 2003, Dr. Kalyan has been actively involved in building IP capacity in the country through teaching, training, and hand holding.  He served as the national expert on IP for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, and teaches at premier institutes such as IIMB and NLSIU.

     Dr. Kalyan offers IP knowledge and skill development programs for corporates and individuals through story development and storytelling.  The title of the program he has developed is, Intellectual Property through Stories.  The long title is, Storytelling-based Corporate IP Training and Knowledge Development Program.    

     Dr. Kalyan provides storytelling-based services as part of BananaIP (BIP) Counsels' training programs, and as part of intellectual property courses at law and management institutes. Stories are an integral part of his courses on patent law, entertainment law, trade mark law, open source law, and so on.

     Dr. Kalyan's students and trainees learn concepts and skills of IP through entertaining, educational, creative, imaginative, and interactive storytelling.  They also learn ways to craft stories around IP concepts and issues, as a way to help themselves and others think about and understand the issues involved.  In telling these stories, students simultaneously communicate the concepts and issues to others while deepening their own understanding.

     BananaIP’s team of IP experts have over the years taught more than ten thousand corporates, from fresh recruits to CEOs.  Now, storytelling is adding an additional dimension to BIP's training programs.  The IP through Stories Program is useful for any company seeking to gain business value from IP, and to build an innovative IP culture among its employees.      

     The program is suitable for:

1) People with limited or no IP knowledge such as engineers, scientists, and writers.

2) IP professionals seeking advanced skills.

3) Students and beginners.

4) Faculty.    

     Dr. Kalyan has been trained and certified as a storyteller by Kathalaya Academy.

Contact:

kalyanckankanala@gmail.com

Personal website, http://kalyankankanala.com .

Intellectual Property through Stories Program,

http://bananaip.com/intellectual-property-ip-stories .

 

 

5

Lavanya Prasad.

Lavanya is a professional storyteller.  She has run her organization, Tale'scope, since March 2014.  As a little girl, she wanted to become a teacher.  She is very grateful to her grandfather, who used stories to make learning interesting.  She found her true calling when she was working as a teacher and began developing ways to use stories to teach.  The possibilities she discovered in this process prompted her to start Tale'scope in 2014.  Tale'scope caters to everyone who believes in the power of stories.  Lavanya's work has taken her to many different places, where she has worked with various kinds of people, including teachers and other educators, corporates, senior citizens, and children (including those who are visually-challenged or otherwise differently-abled).  Tale'scope gives training programs, lecture demonstrations, creative writing workshops, talks, etc.  Lavanya is proud to be working on the "Roots" project with members of a senior citizen's community: this project focuses on helping senior citizens to write their life stories.  She also works with senior citizens on a regular basis conducting "circles" that help them to share their innermost fears, hopes, and other feelings and thoughts.  She considers herself lucky to be able to make her passion her profession.  If you believe in the power of stories just like Lavanya, and you would like her to come to your organization for a training session or a talk, please communicate with her.

Contact:

talescope.blr@gmail.com

98456 80816

Tale'scope's Facebook page

Tale'scope's Youtube channel   

Sound Cloud:  Lavanya's Tales

 

 

6

Sangeeta Goel.

Sangeeta has been telling stories to children and grown-ups at various festivals and cultural spaces.  Her dramatic storytelling performances mixed with her multi-lingual ability keep children and grown-ups asking for more.  She believes that stories are a wonderful gateway to the imagination, and that one's body is the best prop for storytelling.  While telling stories, Sangeeta tries to challenge stereotypes and unjust norms she sees around her.

     With the belief that stories have the power to transform, she has been using stories: A) with children with special needs, B) to raise awareness about Mental Health issues, C) with teachers to help them use stories to enable conversations on sexuality education in classrooms, and D) raising awareness about diversity and inclusion in workplaces.

     Her repertoire of stories include Indian and European folktales, Family stories, True-life incidents, and Modern stories.

     Sangeeta is trained in The Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre, through which she uses personal narratives to bring differences in the communities she works with.

     Sangeeta is also an author.  She has written two original stories for children.  She has also contributed many articles on issues such as: Gender discrimination in society, Sexual Harassment, and the Need for Sexuality Education for Adolescents.

     Once upon a time, being a Chartered Accountant, she dealt with numbers and Indian laws.  But now, suffering from 'give-up-CA-to-do-something-else' syndrome, she is on the path to discover her own story. 

    A newspaper article about a blend of music and storytelling that was presented by Sangeeta and others in Bangalore is here.

     Sangeeta is a member of Storywallahs, a group of professional storytellers whose members tell stories onstage and also provide storytelling and storytelling-related training.  This group believes that stories are an excellent way to inspire, motivate, and teach.  Using the expertise and experience of its members, Storywallahs helps people to discover and use the power of stories in their personal and professional lives.

     Storywallahs provides the following trainings and workshops:

1) For Educators and Parents --

     A) Ways storytelling can be used in classrooms.

     B) Ways storytelling can be used as a tool in Comprehensive

     Sexuality Education for Adolescents.

2) For Organizations --

     A) The Art of Business Storytelling.

     B) Ways numbers and data can be communicated through

     stories.

     C) Ways stories can be used to manage change in organizations.

     D) Ways stories can be used to inspire innovation in

     organizations.

     E) Ways stories can be used to celebrate diversity, encourage

     inclusion, and discourage unconscious bias.

     F) Ways women can take charge of their own stories.

     G) Storytelling for Marketing, Brand, and Communication

     people.

Contact:

99860 64673

sangeeta@storywallahs.com

www.storywallahs.com

 

 

7
Sariga Menon

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 Orphanage.
Contact:
96633 97928
sariga.menon@gmail.com
www.thestorywallahs.com


8
Shreya Biswas.  Founder, Katharangam.

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.

Contact:

99002 34613

piubiswas67@gmail.com ,  shreya@katharangam.com

www.katharangam.com

 

 

9

Shylaja Sampath.

Besides being a performer since her childhood, Shylaja is an educator, experienced storyteller, theatre artist, and soft skills trainer.  She has acted in several plays, including B Jayashree’s Sadaramé, The First Leaf, and Gumma Banda Gumma.  She has conducted storytelling sessions at Ranga Shankara, Rangoli Metro Art Centre, Hippocampus, Atta Galata, and other venues.  She was invited to tell stories at the prestigious theater festival in memory of CG Krishnaswamy, in an attempt to bring marginalized groups to the mainstream.  Keen on making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged, Shylaja has been an active storyteller at Buguri, a community library for the children of waste workers in Banashankari, among several other personal initiatives.  She has collaborated with numerous other storytellers

     Shylaja is a trained public speaker, a Toastmaster, who conducts workshops for professionals in companies such as Seimens, Britannia Industries and others, in various parts of the country.  She also conducts storytelling workshops for educators across public and private schools in an attempt to improve and diversify the methods of teaching. 

     A teacher by profession and an actor by passion, Shylaja uses her skills to engage, entertain, and educate children with her stories.  She also specializes in storytelling for adults with an aim to help provide new perspectives on complex personal issues through meaningful and inspiring tales.  Shylaja tells stories in English and Kannada.

Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.

Contact info:

99164 45641

shylaja.sampath@gmail.com

Shylaja Sampath's Facebook page is

https://www.facebook.com/ninetyboldtales


10
Sowmya Srinivasan

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.

Contact:

97315 70615

sowmya03@gmail.com

www.about.me/sowmyastoryteller

Personal Blog:  www.ssstoryteller.blogspot.com

Reinvention Stories Blog:  www.reinventionstories.wordpress.com

 

 

11

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!"

Contact:

98860 48516

swatikakodkar@storykibory.co.in

 

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Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Bangalore (Jan 2018)

 

 

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Kathalaya.

Kathalaya presents many storytelling-related activities.  Kathlaya's vision is to establish Storytelling as an effective tool in all spheres of Education.  

 

Contact:

82773 89840

98452 07073

080 2668 9856

kathalaya@gmail.com

www.kathalaya.org

Kathalaya, #88, BHBCS Layout, 2nd Cross, 3rd Main,

BTM II Stage, Bannerghatta Road,

Bangalore - 560 076

 

 

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Bangalore Storytelling Society (BSS).

The Bangalore Storytelling Society seeks to promote, revive, and popularize various traditional and contemporary storytelling forms across numerous languages.

 

Many of the leaders of the Bangalore Storytelling Society have received training in Storytelling from Kathalaya, and would like to express appreciation for this training. 

 

There is a monthly BSS Meet-Up, showcasing amateur and professional Storytellers.  Please register to attend, and possibly to tell a story, on the BSS Meet-Up page.

 

Contact info:

info@bangalorestorytellingsociety.org

BSS Blog

BSS Facebook page

BSS Meet-Up page

 

 

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Ever After.

Ever After offers Storytelling Classes for people of all ages.

 

Contact info:

http://ever-after.co.in

info@ever-after.co.in

99166 41717

 

 

 

 

 

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