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

 

1) Ambujavalli N. (Ambuja).

2) S.W. Alvin.

3) Anusha Ramasamy.

4) Asha Sampath.

5) H. Banumathy (Banu).
6) Bhuvanesware B. G. (Bhuvana).

7) Daniel Joseph.

8) Debjani Bhaduri.
9) Eric Miller.

10) Geetha Kailasam.

11) Indu Divya.
12) Kanupriya Keyal.

13) Kavitha Thyagarajan.
14) Lavanya Srinivas.

15) M. Pandiarajan.

16) Manjula Karthikeyan.

17) Meenakshi Vivek.

18) Mohan Krishnan.

19) Mubeen Irshad.

20) Pooja Giri.

21) Pretigaya Haran.

22) Priti Sudarsan.

23) Priya Palanikumar.

24) Ramya Arivazhagan.

25) Sabapathy Narayanan (Saba).

26) Sai Pradeep Indhirran.

27) Samatha Sharma.
28) Sandhya Ruban.

29) Selina Joseph.
30) K. Shanmugasundaram (Shan).
31) Sheetal N.

32) Sivakumar Davamani (SKD).

33) Srividya V.

34) Subha Hariharamahadevan.

35) Suriya Lakshmi.

36) Tharani Rathnam.

37) Vasugi Ram Manohar.





1

Ambujavalli N. (Ambuja).

Ambuja loves to dance, sing, listen, talk, imagine, act, narrate, create, write, and spread healthy happiness.  Her search for an avenue to nurture all her ‘loves’ found an answer when she stumbled upon the fantastic art of storytelling.  Training from Dr Eric Miller of the World Storytelling Institute polished her skills and helped her to discover the storyteller and trainer in her.  She found her ‘Calling’!  Questions answered!  Passion identified!

     That’s the story of how an IT professional, with a decade of experience in the field, became a storyteller!  Ambuja conducts story sessions and S-camps with the primary mission of spreading healthy happiness in children, teenagers, and adults.  She creates customised stories and training programs.

Contact info:

ambujavalli@gmail.com

99625 27135

 

 

2

S.W. Alvin.

Alvin is a Storyteller and Creativity Trainer.  He seeks to deliver Peace, Joy, and Goodness through stories, and also to help individuals discover the knowledge of their true selves, and identify their inborn potentials.   

     Alvin's Storytelling and Training Company is Regina Pacis - Zone of Confidence.  Regina Pacis trains Teachers regarding Storytelling, Communication, and Personality Development.  Alvin also teaches Spoken English classes for students and professionals.

     Alvin has developed a 2-week Personality Development module called "LIKES" (Life Inspiring Knowledge Enriching Stories) for people of the age group 12 to 17 years.  If you might be interested to have this module in your institution, please contact Alvin.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:
95517 62399

alvinansa@gmail.com

www.reginapaciszc.com

 

 

3

Anusha Ramasamy.

Anusha is passionate about telling stories to children.  She believes stories and storytelling can be used

1) to teach children good moral values,

2) to help shape children's minds, and 

3) to encourage children to develop reading and writing habits.

Anusha is the founder and director of Once Upon a Time.  She conducts storytelling sessions on weekends in Ashok Nagar and Royapettah.  Her summer camp storytelling sessions this past April and May were very popular.  A photo of Anusha telling a story is here.  Anusha also holds a Masters degree in Psychology.

Contact:

93447 79430

anushram@yahoo.com

Facebook, Anusha Ramasamy's Once Upon a Time  .

 

 

4
Asha Sampath

Asha is a Storyteller, and is the founder-director of Tale Spin.  She gives storytelling performances covering a wide range of themes, to suit all occasions and age groups.  She also leads and arranges Storytelling Workshops (potentially featuring multiple trainers) on various aspects of storytelling.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.
Contact info:
98408 33953
Facebook page,  Tale Spin



5
H. Banumathy (Banu)

Banumathy is the founder-director of Fables N Tales in Perumalagaram (near Tiruverkadu).  She is a Storyteller and Trainer.  She gives storytelling performances for all occasions. 

     Banumathy tells stories and trains children in storytelling (and leads them in related activities) on Saturday mornings at VGN Mahalahshmi Nagar, and evenings at Tiruverkadu.  

Details are here.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

80560 50606

banumathy81@gmail.com

Facebook page,  Fables N Tales

 

 

6
Bhuvanesware B. G. (Bhuvana). 

Bhuvana works with storytelling in a number of ways.  She is a storytelling Trainer and Coach for parents, teachers, and other professionals -- helping them to develop their own storytelling, and also helping them to conduct storytelling activities with children.  She designs theme-based Storytelling Camps for children on topics such as Environment Conservation, and Life Skills.  A photo of Bhuvana in a Storytelling discussion session with children is here.  In addition, Bhuvana is the founder-director of Let's Talk, a counselling organisation.  Bhuvana is a Psychologist and an Arts-based Therapy Practitioner.  When working with children, she uses Storytelling and other arts as therapeutic tools. 

Contact info:

98407 74659

bhuvanabg07@gmail.com

www.letstalkchennai.org


7

Daniel Joseph.

Daniel uses Storytelling to teach English language.  He is a certified TESOL instructor.  Together with his wife, Christina, he directs the Virginia Academy of Training and Development Pvt Ltd (VATD), which is based in Pallavaram (just south of Chennai airport). 

     VATD provides English Language training to a number of schools, including Shikshaa Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, in Hasthinapuram (near Chromepet).  VATD conducts the English as a Second Language (ESL) program there for 800 students, using innovative and creative fun-filled activities such as Storytelling, Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, and Arts and Crafts, to help children develop their language abilities.  Two excellent Storytelling and Language trainers -- Maria Lincoln and Sabatina Cornielle -- add to the strength of the VATD team.

Contact info:

99406 13580

danygetsit@gmail.com

Pallavaram, Chennai - 43

Facebook page,  Virginia Academy of Training and Development

 

 

8

Debjani Bhaduri.

Debjani enjoys telling stories, and also giving instruction in Storytelling, to people of all ages.  She brings a lot of humor and fun to her Storytelling work.

     Debjani is a post-graduate in English literature.  She has taught in a college in Bangalore; and in Bala Vidya Mandir, Gandhinagar, Chennai.  Currently she is conducting phonics classes for children in Besant Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur.  She also teaches communication skills and story-theatre classes for teenagers and adults in Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98402 76914

debjani_bhaduri@rediffmail.com

Facebook page

 

 

9
Dr Eric Miller (PhD in Folklore). 

Eric co-founded and directs the World Storytelling Institute.  He facilitates the Chennai Storytelling Association; and is a co-facilitator of the Indian Storytelling Network.  He conducts Storytelling workshops for adults and children, and provides Storytellers for any occasion (in Tamil, English, and other languages).  He is helping to develop Storytelling Therapy through Chennai's East West Center for Counselling and Training (of which he is the Assistant Director).

Member, Chennai Storytellers.
Contact info:
98403 94282
info@storytellinginstitute.org
NGO:  www.storytellinginstitute.org
Personal:  www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com


10

Geetha Kailasam.

     Geetha is a Storyteller and Writer.  She conducts Storytelling and Theatre classes for children and adults, especially in Besant Nagar.

     Geetha is is also a Certified Accountant by qualification, and passionately teaches Accounts and Commerce to students in the 11th and 12th Standards.

Contact info:

99529 57031

geetha33@gmail.com

 

 

11

Indu Divya.

Indu is a professional storyteller, trainer and content developer.  She believes deeply in the magic of storytelling as a medium to engage with people.  Personal-experience storytelling is the type of storytelling she most enjoys and considers her forte.  She has trained under Jeeva Raghunath.  Indu has conducted storytelling workshops and has staged public performances for children.

     Indu is now focusing on engaging with adult audiences through her storytelling.  She has recently founded The Narrative, a company providing training/coaching and content development services.  Storytelling is at the core of all the services offered by The Narrative: 

     In addition to regular workshops, The Narrative organises Live Themed Personal Storytelling Sessions for mature audiences, once a month. 

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98407 12328

indu.divya.247@gmail.com

Facebook page,  The Narrative

 

 

12
Kanupriya Keyal 
Kanupriya is a Storyteller, and trains others to be Storytellers also.  She specialises in Storytelling with Puppetry and other Arts and Crafts.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.
Contact info:
98404 17080

 

 

13

Kavitha Thyagarajan.

Kavitha is a storyteller and founder of Once Upon a Time ... Tells a Tale.  She enjoys telling interactive stories to young children between the ages of 3 and 10 years.  She has given storytelling performances in many activity centres, such as Chennai Hippocampus, Oyster Kids, and Kart Wheel; at Odyssey book store; and for some leading schools.  She includes art and craft work in her sessions.

     Kavitha conducts regular storytelling sessions at her space in RA Puram - Kavitha's Storytelling Space !

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

99400 36390.

kaviswe@gmail.com

Facebook page,  Once Upon a Time ... Tells a Tale



14

Lavanya Srinivas.

Lavanya is a Storyteller, Trainer, Author, and Translator.  She is the founder-director of Katha Kamamishu, A World of Stories.  As a Soft-skills Trainer, Lavanya is certified by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.  She conducts Activity-based Storytelling Workshops for children and adults, in Classrooms, Colleges, and Corporate settings.  She uses Storytelling as a powerful tool for Effective Communication, Ensuring Employability, and Enriching Human Lives; for Enabling Personal Success, Self Confidence, and Self Expression; for Language Learning and Cross-cultural Trainings; and for helping people to develop Creativity in general, as well as in fields such as Music, Dance, Literature, and Advertising and Branding.  Her Storytelling Workshops are educational, enriching, entertaining, and empowering.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info: 

98844 72301

laavanyasrinivas@gmail.com

www.kathaakamamishu.blogspot.in

Additional info about Katha Kamamishu is here.

 

 

15

M. Pandiarajan.

Pandiarajan is a Banker by profession.  However, these days he especially enjoys conducting Storytelling Training sessions, for Children and Corporates.  He tells and teaches in Tamil and English.

Pandiarajan has received training from the World Storytelling Institute, Chennai; and has attended Storytelling events in New York.  He is a Facilitator and Trainer for the 2014-15 Chennai Storytelling Contest, including with Udhavum Ullangal (a Charitable Trust based in T Nagar).

Contact info:

99401 08716

mepraja@gmail.com

 

 

16

Meenakshi Vivek.

Telling stories can have a lot to do with strengthening relationships, and this can especially be the case with mothers and their children.  This is how Meenakshi is spreading the joy of storytelling through her venture, Samvad.  In her earlier avatar, Meenakshi worked with software code but now after being a full time mother, she is happy telling stories.  She is very passionate about the stories she tells -- and when she gets time, writes also.  She enjoys telling stories to children, teenagers, and adults alike.  Photos of Storyteller Meenakshi are here and here.

Contact info:

89394 82922

meenakshi.vivek18@gmail.com

 

 

17

Manjula Karthikeyan.

Manjula is a Software Developer turned Storyteller.  She enjoys telling stories to children.  She is inspired by the various storytelling sessions she has attended in the USA.  She includes singing, puppetry, and arts and crafts, along with storytelling.  She conducts storytelling sessions at her space in Jains Green Acres Apartment, in Pallavaram.  She also conducts storytelling for special occasions.  Manjula focuses on improving the morals, speech, communication, and social skills of children via storytelling.  She is a graduate of a seven-session storytelling workshop for adults conducted by Eric Miller, Director, World Storytelling Institute.

Contact info:

97907 27987

manju_bkse@yahoo.co.in

 

 

18

Mohan Krishnan.

Mohan is a Banker turned Storyteller.  He was a senior official with the Reserve Bank of India.  After his retirement he has taken up storytelling.

     Mohan has founded and directs Kadhai Kadhaiyaam, a group based in south Chennai that provides Storytelling performances and training for children, teenagers, and adults.

     Mohan is an accomplished Human Resource trainer, and uses storytelling techniques to train people in soft skills, and communication regarding products and services, especially in software and financial services companies.  He also utilises storytelling techniques for coaching and mentoring.  Using storytelling techniques for recruitment, and performance appraisals, are innovative concepts he has introduced. 

     Mohan conducts regular storytelling sessions from Indian epics, folklore and history for inculcating values, and for motivation and inspiration.

     He conducts storytelling workshops for teachers, Human Resource professionals, parents, grandparents and young adults. 

     Mohan is fluent in four languages (Tamil, Hindi, Bengali and English).  He often includes singing in storytelling.  Immersive and experiential storytelling are techniques he has developed.  His performances, talks, and workshops synergise elements of entertainment and teaching-and-learning.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98403 22236

mohan2002@live.com

 

 

19

Mubeen Irshad.

Mubeen is a very passionate Storyteller.  She has told stories at “Storython 2016” (an 8-hour storytelling event), Anna Library, Accenture, and at various other events.  She regularly conducts storytelling performance-and-training sessions for children at Swarna Sudarshan Hall, in Kovilambakkam, Chennai.  She also conducted these sessions at other locations. In 2016, she gave storytelling training to approximately 500 children.  

     Mubeen releases free audio stories through Whats App every week through her own brand, Story Carpet.  She has penned positive rhymes for children: these rhymes have been heard more than 400k times on YouTube within a span of 6 months.  She has also penned 30 Rebus stories for children which are also on YouTube.  She has published a number of articles in an International acclaimed Magazine.

     She underwent storytelling training in the World Storytelling Institute with Dr Eric Miller.  She is a blogger, public speaker, Emcee, and an ardent Toastmaster.  She is also a health geek: you can find her in the yoga studio every day.

     Mubeen’s primary mission is to infuse positive ripples in the minds of young children through stories.  She offers customised classes on Creative Writing, Public Speaking, and Storytelling, for Schools, Colleges, and Corporates.   

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

SMS/Call/Whats app:  96770 70837

Website: www.storycarpet.com

Blog:  http://thepositiveripples.blogspot.in

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StoryCarpet

 

 

20

Pooja Giri.

Pooja combines passion for storytelling, with creativity and entertainment.  She engages audience attention with participative narratives, and often intersperses her presentations with interesting activities that enhance listener involvement.  Pooja has a rich repertoire of tales and fables from ancient lands of oral tradition such as Africa, China, India, Turkey, Indonesia, and Ukraine.  She also composes, and writes and tells her own stories.

     Pooja has performed in schools, at book stores and birthday parties, and for informal groups.  She is the founder-director of Thangam Talkies. She conducts regular programmes at The Storytelling Studio, R A Puram, Chennai.

     Pooja conductied a Storytelling Session for Children on Saturday 6 June 2015 at Starmark in Phoenix Mall (Velachery).  The event poster is here.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

97910 81117

poojagiri@yahoo.com

Facebook page, Thangam Talkies

 

 

21

Pretigaya Haran.

Pretigaya Haran is a Storyteller and a Trainer of Public Speaking, Communication, and Drama.  She conducts weekly Storytelling-theatre workshops for children at iSpark, Goplapuram, in association with the World Storytelling Institute.  She also conducts weekly Story sessions and Public Speaking classes for middle school children in a school in Chennai.

     Pretigaya has had the joy of sharing stories at numerous venues, including Schools (Baal Niketan, and Sherwood Hall); Libraries (Anna Centenary Library, and Just Books); Children’s Centres (Buzy Bee, iSpark, Nutshell Kids, and Saaransh); and a Spoken English Centre (Communiqua).

     Pretigaya also leads Storytelling workshops for adults who use Storytelling as a tool to teach school curriculum, behavioural aspects, and values and morals, to children.  She has conducted Teacher-training workshops in schools such as Terapanthi Jain Vidyalaya, KRM Public School, Kalgi Matriculation School, and Sherwood Hall Senior Secondary School.  She has also conducted Storytelling workshops for college students and adults in the Chennai Storytelling Festival.

     Pretigaya has trained children in Speech and Drama at Chennai branches of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for over 3 years. She is very keen on drama.  She has performed in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati, in plays in London.  For two consecutive years she has performed in the annual "Living Satues of Marina Beach Heritage Walk", an event in Madras Week.  Here is a collage of photos of her performing Kannagi (in English) on 23 August 2015.

     Pretigaya writes and direct skits for children.  She has been sharing Jain stories with young children at the Vepery branch of Jain Sanskaar Vatika, an All India School on Jain studies.  She also directs the annual day play for them.

     Pretigaya started Story Sack, Everything Stories in March 2017 to formally give her work a name.  She is also part of a project called Springboard Tales, wherein a team of storytellers share monthly, theme-based story videos, available for purchase at their website.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact Info:

8056051247

pretigaya@yahoo.co.uk

www.facebook.com/storysackeverythingstories

 

 

22

Priti Sudarsan.

Priti is a Storyteller who uses theatre activities to help children improve their communication abilities.  She has received training in Storytelling from Geeta Ramanujam, and has received training in Storytelling and Theatre Games from Ms Poppy.  She has also participated in the "Kathai Kalatta (Under the Aalamaram) International Storytelling Festival" in Chennai (August 2014), where she learned a lot from the workshops and was a part of the organising team.

     Priti has told stories to children in Chennai at Hippocampus, Ashivita Bristo, Weebees Play School, Pumpkin Patch, Oyster Kids, and elsewhere.  She has led Storytelling Workshops for children at Arsha Vidya Mandir and Harishree Vidyalayam.  Priti's Workshops combine Storytelling and Theatre Games.  If the workshop is for a week, she prepares the children to enact a skit on the last day.

     Priti has launched a new storytelling service: Story Voyage -- a unique way to entertain children and adults through storytelling on the move, inside a bus!  The bus can carry as many as 24 people.  The sesions are interactive, with sing-alongs and games.  Participants have memorable experiences of visiting some lovely places in Chennai.  Places are recommend depending on the age group.  Among the places that have been visited are marine aquariums, lakes, and farms.  Story Voyages are arranged for private groups and schools, and typically occur on two Saturdays of every month.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

99627 14870

pritis83@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/Storyvoyagepriti

 

 

23

Priya Palanikumar.

Priya has earned an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.  She has also undergone basic training in NLP.  She employs the art of storytelling to teach and train individuals regarding Soft Skills and Communication Skills.  She believes in interactive formats of story engineering, interwoven with creativity and spontaneity.  Her interest areas include communication strategies, decision making, and gender perspectives.  She also uses storytelling to develop social consciousness, in herself and others.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98848 01757

openstoryworld@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/Openstoryworld

 

 

24

Ramya Arivazhagan.

Ramya enjoys telling stories to children and believes in enjoying the little things in life.  Storytelling turned into her passion when she started exploring the world of stories, as she realised stories delighted her own children from very young ages.  She often includes puppetry and arts-and-crafts in her storytelling.  She would love to explore art-based storytelling in the coming days, as she enjoys art and considers drawing to be one her strengths.

     Ramya is an IT professional by career.  She has done her Foundation Course on storytelling from Kathalaya, Bangalore.  She has also done workshops and hands-on training with Mr. Mohan Krishnan and Mrs. Lavanya Srinivas.

     Her journey into professional storytelling started along with like-minded friends, and mentor Mohan Krishna.  She and two other storytellers have co-founded Kadhai Kadhaiyaam.  She has performed storytelling sessions in summer camps, schools, activity centers and libraries.

     Kadhai Kadhaiyaam conducts regular storytelling sessions and workshops in and around Velachery in schools, activity centers and libraries.  Kadhai Kadhaiyaam experiments with different styles of storytelling, such as tandem storytelling and art-based storytelling.

Contact Info:

98400 75308

 

 

25

Sabapathy Narayanan (Saba)
Saba is a Storyteller and Trainer.  His specialty is purpose-driven storytelling in organizational settings.  For him, an anecdote is a story, an example is a story, and a conversation between two people is a story.  Saba is a firm believer in the importance of personal stories.  There are numerous types of personal stories, suiting all occasions and situations.  Saba digs up stories from real-life and makes them palatable for audiences in different age groups.  He can also coach others to find, shape, and tell such stories.
     Saba is also fond of animal stories, especially about squirrels, elephants, and rabbits.
     Saba maintains a storytelling blog at http://telltaleclub.com , where a number of people contribute stories.  He is currently doing research on untold stories in and around Karaikudi and Madurai, and he is planning to publish them as a book.
Contact Info:
96000 02325
sabapathyn@gmail.com
www.telltaleclub.com

 

 

26

Sai Pradeep Indhirran.

Sai is a Corporate Person by work experience, an Engineer by qualification, and a Trainer by passion.  He was a successful professional when he decided to leave his corporate profession and follow his passion of working with people. 

     He started working with people of various ages to train them in Life Skills, Soft Skills, and Behavioral Transformation.  As the fundamental medium of training delivery, he chose NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), a technique known to influence people and transform them into their best selves.  He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, trained under the flagship of Dr Richard Bandler.  He has also completed basic training in Transaction Analysis.  And he has studied the art of Storytelling under Dr Eric Miller of the World Storytelling Institute.  He currently blends these three methodologies to help create the required transformations in the mindsets of people and positively move them to the desired goals.

     Sai is the Founder and CEO of: Adroit India, a training company working with corporates, colleges and schools; and Sai Pradeep Consulting, a mentoring academy for start ups, students, and individuals in the fields of Business, Education, and Life. 

     Adroit India is a brand that has evolved from Sai's earlier brand of Ekam Training Academy through a binding relationship with Adroit UAE, a leading training company based in UAE. 

     Sai travels around the globe delivering training sessions for children, teens, and adults.

     Sai has recently also launched Pumpkin Chariot, a storytelling unit for children.  Pumpkin Chariot helps children learn a variety of aspects of communication involving values and morals and ranging from conversational speech to stage speech, and from team skills to leadership skills.

     Pumpkin Chariot has opened its first branch at Sa Buu 3 Kids Play School, Navaneethammal Street, Saligramam.  Here he conducts storytelling sessions every Saturday between 11am and 12:30pm.  One can drop in directly at the location, or call or e-mail Sai to know more about these sessions.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98412 92063

saipradeep.indhirran@gmail.com

Facebook page,  Pumpkin Chariot

 

 

27

Samatha Sharma.

Samatha (sa-ma-tha) is a painter who has also developed an interest in storytelling.  She enjoys using personal-experience stories and mythological and grandmother stories to raise awareness and sensitivity about gender issues.  She believes storytelling activities can help one to work through challenging situations in one's life, and that sharing stories has a transformational potential for recovering from trauma and for self-development. 

     Samatha performs for, and leads discusions and Storytelling Workshops with, women's groups, corporate groups, and other groups of adults.

     She won the 2016 Chennai Storytelling Contest (adult English-language section, sponsored by Cafe Coffee Day), and is currently the reigning champion!  She is happy to find a welcoming community of Storytellers in Chennai.  

     Samatha runs a Workshop Center and Guest House called Energy Clinic.  Her paintings can be seen at www.artofsamatha.wordpress.com and at Madras Square, in Neelankarai.

Contact info:

94447 49335

samatha.express@gmail.com

https://energyclinic.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/energyclinic.info


28
Dr Sandhya Ruban

Sandhya is the Creative Head of Eloquens.  Eloquens offers
1) Storytelling performances for children, with associated Art and Craft activities. 
2) Storytelling performances for adults, on customised topics. 
3) Customized Workshops for any category of people.  In workshops for children, the focus is on developing Speech, and Interpersonal Communication and Social Skills.
4) Public Speaking classes.
5) Soft Skills training (improving Interpersonal Skills, etc) for professionals, and for those seeking employment.
6) Translation Services, verbal and written (English to Tamil and Hindi, etc).

Member, Chennai Storytellers.
Contact info:
98401 77215
sandhyateloquens@gmail.com
Facebook page,  Eloquens

 

29

Selina Joseph.

Selina is a Project Leader turned Storyteller.  She uses stories to teach children moral values, shape their attitudes, and encourage their self-confidence and reading and writing skills.  She also uses storytelling techniques to train people in soft skills.  She is interested in the environment, and conducts storytelling and skits with children on protecting the environment and being aware of the dangers of plastics.  She has participated in the “Save Turtle” project, including by developing original stories on the topic. 

     Selina has undergone storytelling training in the World Storytelling Institute with Dr Eric Miller.  On weekends, she leads storytelling sessions titled, Tales for All.  

Contact:

tales4all17@gmail.com

82209 47046 


30
K. Shanmugasundaram
(Shan). 

Shan directs Artworkshop & Communications, which provides Training in Storytelling, Creating and Using Puppets, Mind Mapping, Mind Games, and Digital Storytelling (brief movies on personal experiences, composed on computers).  Shan is also a Trainer in Soft Skills Programs for Schools and Colleges.  He is a Consultant and Workshop Leader for the Times Group (NIE).

Member, Chennai Storytellers

Contact info:

98845 02478

artworkshop@gmail.com

http://youtu.be/s2uGJ0eX-Pw

https://www.facebook.com/shan.kothandapani.1


31
Sheetal N

Sheetal is the founder-director of Genius Factory and Square Heads.  Each of these organisations provide arts-and-education activities for children (3 to 10 years old), including Phonics, Maths, Arts and Crafts, Dance and Dance Composition (Choreography), Storytelling, and Event Management (specialising in Birthday Parties).  The Genius Maths Program teaches maths using stories and real-life experiences, and is especially designed to teach ADHD kids.

About Sheetal:

1) Storyteller with 10 years of experience in schools and activity centers.

2) Passion for Dance -- Choreographer for annual functions in schools, competitions, and weddings.

3) Trainer, Kidz4mation.

4) Teacher, Guruskul (value education and sloka classes for children).

5) Trained phonics teacher.

6) Trained in the Montessori approach to education.

7) Teacher for training children in computers.

With constant innovation for betterment of education, and bringing out talent in children.  All of the above can be customised.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98400 91290

sheetal_rayathatha@yahoo.com

www.geniusfactory.in

Facebook page, Genius Factory Chennai

 

 

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Sivakumar Davamani (SKD).

SKD is an Entrepreneur turned Storyteller.  He founded an initiative called Go Green Guru, which he uses to promote Go Green awareness with children and corporates.  He creates customised stories and training programs for people of all ages to promote the Go Green concept.

     SKD is a graduate of the seven-session Storytelling Workshop for adults conducted by Dr Eric Miller, Director, World Storytelling Institute.  Training from Dr Eric polished his skills and helped him to discover the storyteller within himself.

     SKD conducts Storytelling Workshops for Teachers, Human Resource Professionals, Parents, Grandparents and Young Adults.  He often includes Technologies and Innovations in Storytelling to increase the impact a story makes on audience members.   

Contact info:

99419 88555

sivakumar.davmani@gmail.com

 

 

33

Srividya V.

Srividya founded Story Train - happy path to success to provide an enchanting experience of stories from across globe, in a variety of genres, for people of all ages.

     Srividya is a Storyteller and Storyteller Trainer.  Her background is in human resource management, training, corporate social responsibility, and theatre writing and acting.

     Her storytelling performances and training sessions are rich with variety and color.  She conducts customized sessions for educational institutions, corporates, and other organisations.

     Srividya's aim is to go beyond geographical boundaries, addressing local, national, and global issues through stories and storytelling.  She seeks to reach as many people as possible -- to share stories with them, and to facilitate them sharing stories with each other; to entertain them with stories, and to help them entertain each other.  She would like her Story Train to be filled with passengers and their stories.  In these ways, she is hoping she might have a positive impact on people's lives. 

Languages: Hindi, Tamil, and English.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

97911 19634

storytrain@yahoo.com

Facebook page, Story Train

 

 

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Subha Hariharamahadevan.

Subha is a Software Engineer turned Storyteller.  What started as a passion after the arrival of her daughter, has turned into a profession.  All was possible after her training with the World Storytelling Institute,  and courses with Mr. Mohan Krishnan and Mrs. Lavanya Srinivas.

     Subha has also earned a Montessori Assistant certification from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), Netherlands.

     Shuba has co-founded Kadhai Kadhaiyaam, a Storytelling group based in south Chennai, with two other Storytellers, Subha Ramanathan and Ramya Arivazhagan.  Kadhai Kadhaiyaam provides Storytelling performances and training for children, teenagers, and adults.

Contact info:

90032 53726

shuba.sg@gmail.com

 

 

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Suriya Lakshmi.

Suriya is very passionate about the environment, and conducts storytelling sessions and workshops for children on protecting the environment.  She is currently working on a workshop model to recreate traditional storytelling methods with Storytrails.  Over the weekends, she conducts free book-reading sessions (in both Tamil and English) for young children, which helps them to sharpen their listening skills and imaginations.  By profession, Suriya is a business analyst in the banking domain.

98847 28412

suriyalakshmig@icloud.com

www.facebook.com/suriyalakshmi

 

 

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Tharani Rathnam.

Tharani is a Software Engineer turned Storyteller for children.  She enjoys connecting with children through stories, and believes this is a very effective way of communicating with children. 

     Tharani has received training in Storytelling for children from Ashley Ramsden, founder of the International School of Storytelling, UK.  She has also attended workshops conducted by the World Storytelling Institute, Chennai; and courses on Early Childhood Education from Stranmillis College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

     Tharani conducts weekly Storytelling sessions for children upto 8 years in the Nolambur area of Chennai.  She performs and leads activities at Birthday Parties.  She has conducted Storytelling sessions at a library in Anna Nagar, and at a play school in Nolambur. 

Contact info:

98411 94370

tharanisabari@gmail.com

 


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Vasugi Ram Manohar.

Vasugi is the founder-director of Madras Story Works.  She has a post-graduate degree in Literature, and has trained in Storytelling with Eric Miller (World Storytelling Institute) and with Geetha Ramanujam (Kathalaya).

     Vasugi specializes in interactive Storytelling sessions for children.  She believes that Storytelling can bring about wonderful changes in children, making them creative, wise thinkers, great speakers and problem solvers.  Storytelling is an excellent method to overcome shyness, excel in public speaking and develop communication skills.

Madras Story Works offers,

1) Storytelling sessions with arts-and-craft activities.

2) Storytelling activities at summer camps.

3) Storytelling workshops for people of all ages.

4) Storytelling competitions in schools, bookstores and children's activity centers; for children, parents, teachers and early childhood development personnel.

5) Storytelling sessions on Saturdays for children (3-9 years old),

A) 11am to 12:30pm, at Storycorner in Bookmine Library, 1, Tarapore Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet. 

B) 3:30pm to 4:30pm, at Oyster Kids, 77 / 177, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.

Member, Chennai Storytellers.

Contact info:

98401 18590

vasugi83@gmail.com

Facebook page, Madras Story Works

 

 

 

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Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Chennai

 

February 2017 onward --

 

Every Saturday, 11am.

At Bookmine Library,

No.1, Tarapore Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetput.

Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.

Admission: Rs 150.

Organiser: Vasugi Ram Manohar

 

Every Saturday, 3:30pm.

at Oyster Kids, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.

Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.

Admission: Rs 150.

Organiser: Vasugi Ram Manohar

 

Every Sunday, 11:30am.

At Anna Centennial Library (Children's Section), Kotturpuram.

Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.

Admission: Free.

Organisers on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: Alvin and Kavitha

Organiser on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: Lavanya

 

Every Saturday, 10:30 am. 

Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.

At Fables n Tales, No.1, Nithyanandam Street, VGN Mahalakshmi Nagar, Perumalagaram, Tiruverkadu, Chennai, 600 077.  Admission: Rs 100. 

and

Every Friday, 4:30 pm.

Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.

At Sastha Tution Centre, #270, Selvavinayagar Koil St, Co-operative Nagar, Tiruverkadu, Chennai, 600 077.  Admission: Rs 150. 

For details about both days, please contact Fables N Tales, which is directed by Banumathy.

 

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday.  Story Voyage -- Children are taken to different destinations, such as museums, marine aquariums, zoos, and planetariums.  The voyage starts and ends in Royapettah. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  The fee is Rs 500 per person -- this includes the bus ride, tickets (if any), snacks, and juice.  For further details, please contact Priti Sudarsan, 99627 14870.

 

Monthly --

 

The Narrative (directed by Indu Divya) hosts monthly open-mic sessions of "Storytelling about Personal Experiences, by and for adults".  For details, please call 98407 12328.

     Storytelling is at the core of all services offered by The Narrative, including training, coaching, and content development. 

 

World Storytelling Institute (directed by Eric Miller) also hosts monthly open-mic sessions of "Storytelling by and for Adults".  These sessions occur on the 1st Monday of each month at 6pm, at Cafe Coffee Day Square, on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam.  Additional info about these sessions (including links to articles about them) is here.

 

 

 

 

By Organisation:

 

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1

Madras Story Works (directed by Vasugi Ram Manohar) presents

 

A) Storytelling Performances with Activities for Children, Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm, in Chetput.

 

B) Storytelling Coaching for Children, Saturdays 4-5pm, in Mylapore.

 

C) Storytelling Coaching for Children, Thursdays 4-5pm, in Aminjikarai.

 

For details, please click here, and call 98401 18590.

 

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The Narrative (directed by Indu Divya) hosts monthly open-mic sessions of "Storytelling about Personal Experiences, by and for adults".  For details, please call 98407 12328.

     Storytelling is at the core of all services offered by The Narrative, including training, coaching, and content development. 

 

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3

Tale Spin (directed by Asha Sampath) presents Storytelling performances (and activities) for children.  Every 2nd Saturday of the month, at 5pm.  At Odyssey, Adyar. 

 

For additional info, please click here and call Asha at 98408 33953.

 

 

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Eloquens (directed by Sandhya Ruban) frequently presents Storytelling Performances and Classes for -- and Dramatic Productions by -- Children.  Based in Ayanavaram.

 

For details, please click here and call 98401 77215.

 

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Once Upon a Time (directed by Kavitha Thyagarajan and Debjani Bhaduri) frequently presents Storytellling Performances and Classes for Children, in R.A. Puram.

 

For details, please click here and call 99400 36390.

 

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Fables N Tales (directed by Banumathy) offers Storytelling performances, with  activities, for children.

Every Saturday, 10:30am, at Fables n Tales, No.1, Nithyanandam Street, VGN Mahalakshmi Nagar, Perumalagaram, Tiruverkadu, Chennai, 600 077.  Admission is Rs 100. 

and

Every Friday, 4:30pm, at Sastha Tution Centre, #270, Selvavinayagar Koil St, Co-operative Nagar, Tiruverkadu, Chennai, 600 077.  Admission is Rs 150.

 

 

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Katha Kamamishu (directed by Lavanya Srinivas) offers Storytelling Workshops and Performances at numerous locations, including the Gandhinagar Club, in Adyar.

 

Katha Kamamishu especially conducts Storytelling Workshops for pre-primary and primary school teachers.  The "Story Mantra" series of Workshops occur in three levels: introductory, basic and advanced. The Workshops are customised and conducted with a restricted batch size to ensure effective communication and training, with a special focus on the specific needs and challenges of each individual teacher.

 

For additional info, please click here, and contact Lavanya Srinivas, at 98844 72301, laavanyasrinivas@gmail.com .

 

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Kalaa Manjari and Alvin "Storyteller for All" are offering Saturday Storytelling Sessions for Children.  These programs aim at developing Oratory skills, Life skills, and Reading skills.  The Poster is here. 

 

There are two batches on each Saturday afternoon:

Batch 1,  for Children 3 to 6 years old, occurs 3-4pm.

Batch 2,  for Children 7 to 13 years old, occurs 4-6pm.

 

Venue: Kalaa Manjari, 6/12, First Street, Venus Colony,

Alwarpet, Chennai - 18 (near Tangerine Restaurant)

 

For additional info, please call 044 2431 2676 ,

e-mail to kalaamanjari@hotmail.com , and see

www.kalaamanjari.com .

 

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Pumpkin Chariot is a Storytelling unit founded by Sai Pradeep Indhirran.  Sai is the Storyteller.  Pumpkin Chariot helps children learn a variety of aspects of communication involving values and morals and ranging from conversational speech to stage speech, and from team skills to leadership skills.  The method is to blend storytelling with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and TA (Transaction Analysis) techniques.

 

Pumpkin Chariot has its first branch @

Sa Buu 3 Kids Play School, Navaneethammal Street (adjacent to Shoba Kalyana Mandapam in Arunachalam Road), Saligramam. 

Day and Time: : Sundays 11:30am

 

Pumpkin Chariot has its second branch @
Yoyos Activity Center, K K Nagar.

Day and Time:  Sundays 10am .

 

Sai Pradeep, 98412 92063, Founder - Pumpkin Chariot

 

For additional info, please call 98412 92063,

e-mail to saipradeep.indhirran@gmail.com , and see

www.facebook.com/PumpkinChariot .

 

 

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Geetha Kailasam conducts a Storytelling Workshop for children at Grandma and Grandpas, Besant Nagar, on Wednesdays, 5pm to 6pm. 

 

This includes Storytelling with Puppets, Mask-Making, and Arts and Crafts. 

 

For info, please call 99529 57031.

 

 

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Genius Factory, directed by Sheetal Rayathatha, provides arts-and-education activities for children, including Phonics, Maths, Arts and Crafts, Dance and Dance Composition (Choreography), Storytelling, and Event Management (specialising in Birthday Parties).

 

For details, please click here and here, and call 98400 91290.

 

 

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Kathalaya (directed by Geeta Ramanujam), based in Bangalore, is developing a "Story Space" in Chennai.  For info, please contact: 080 2668 9856, kathalaya@gmail.com .

 

In Chennai, Geeta Ramanujam is collaborating with Success Manthra regarding training educators in "Using Storytelling to Teach English Language".  Info about this training is here.

 

 

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Kadhai Kadhaiyaam (KK) is a Storytelling group based in south Chennai.  KK believes in inspiring adults and children through stories.  KK conducts monthly sessions in a Montessori school in Velachery, and also in other activity centers, libraries, and schools by request.  KK was co-founded and is directed by three Storytellers: Subha Hariharamahadevan,  Ramya Arivazhagan, and Subha Ramanathan.  Mohan Krishnan is mentor of KK.  For additional info, please call 90032 53726, and email to kadhaikadhaiyaam@gmail.com .

 

 

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The Chennai Storytelling Association (CSA) has approx 320 members.  Most CSA members have conducted and/or attended multi-session WSI Storytelling Workshops.  The CSA hold monthly meetings at 6pm on the 1st Monday of each month at Cafe Coffee Day Square (on Khader Nawaz Khan Road), before the storytelling by and for adults sessions there.  Info about these sessions is here.  For additional info about the CSA, please click here and call 98403 94282.

 

 

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World Storytelling Institute (directed by Eric Miller) offers 7-session Storytelling Workshops for adults, on Sundays, 10am-12noon, near Nungambakkam High Road.  Info is here.

 

WSI also presents a monthly "Storytelling by-and-for Adults" open-mic event.  This occurs on the 1st Monday of each month at 6pm, at Cafe Coffee Day Square, on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam.  Additional info about these events (including links to articles about them) is here.

 

 

 

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