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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) Sariga Menon.
5) Shreya Biswas.
6) Sowmya Srinivasan.

7) Swati Kakodkar.

Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Bangalore.

  

1
Ameen Haque.  Founder, The 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 (Dec 2015), 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.

 

Kathalaya presented Kathotsava 2014, A World Storytelling Festival, November 20, to December 12, 2014 (in Bangalore).  Info is here .

 

Articles, video recordings, etc --

 

Kathalaya Sept 2015 Newsletter

 

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
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


5
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


6
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

 

 

7

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 (December 2015)

 

 

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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.  

 

Storytelling Performance:

"Storywood: Stories for Christmas,

and for Welcoming the New Year!"

Day and Time: Saturday 19 December, 5pm-6pm.

Venue: Kathalaya, Bannerghatta Road.

Admission: Rs 50.

Event Poster.

 

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 December:

Storytelling Course for Adults.

For details, please click here.

 

Kathalaya Sept 2015 Newsletter

 

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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