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Indian Storytelling Network
(and other Story Experts)
1) Jaya Singh.
Jaya is a lawyer by profession and has specialised in women’s rights and child rights. She has also been a news anchor and show host for TV99, and a part of the Pune Theatre Academy.
Jaya has been working with school children since she was in school herself, as her family runs a chain of schools. Passionate about education, theatre, public speaking, storytelling and creative writing, she gave up law to pursue her passion. She has conducted theatre and storytelling workshops in various schools in Jaipur over a period of ten years. Her academy, Blaze Academy, conducts theatre and storytelling sessions for kids and workshops for parents and teachers on communication skills, storytelling and public speaking.
Along with her team members, Jaya started organising the event, Katha Karnival, in Jaipur and Prayag Raj. Katha Karnival is a literature festival for children, parents and teachers. Apart from Jaya and her team, storytellers from different parts of India are invited to participate in the event.
Jaya's forte is performance storytelling, as she loves bringing stories to life. Jaya also conducts workshops for parents and teachers on communication skills, the importance of storytelling, and ways of telling stories.
A photo is here.
Katha Pankaj Tara, also known as KathaTeller.
Katha has had a decade-long career in building brands. Her forte in this field is branding and marketing. She is a post graduate in Marketing Management from IIMM - Pune.
For some years, Katha was Home Appliances Marketing Head for LG Electronics in India. In this position, she drove the LG Home Appliances category to become one of the most trusted and admired premium brands in India.
Currently Katha is the Brand Head of GirnarSoft, the parent company of leading auto-related brands such as CarDekho.com and Zigwheels.com .
A parallel journey as a Kathak Classical Dancer has cultivated in Katha a deep belief in the power of narrating stories to change the world.
Katha has received training in Storytelling from Kathalaya, which is affiliated to the International Storytelling Centre, Tennessee, USA. She is the Centre Head of Story Space Jaipur (the Jaipur branch of Kathalaya's Storytelling Institute). Katha tells stories under the name, KathaTeller. She enjoys telling stories to all kinds of audiences.