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3) Geeta Ramanujam.
5) Lavanya Prasad.
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.
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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.
Dr. Kalyan has been trained and certified as a storyteller by Kathalaya Academy.
Personal website, http://kalyankankanala.com .
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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.
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Sound Cloud: Lavanya's Tales
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
C) Ways stories can be used to manage change in organizations.
D) Ways stories can be used to inspire innovation in
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
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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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.
Shylaja Sampath's Facebook page is
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!"