Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
(in alphabetical order)
Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai.
Dhara is a Storyteller, Writer, and Spiritualist. She tells all kinds
of stories -- including folk tales, audience-participation stories,
inspirational stories, stories about working in corporations, and spiritual
stories -- for children and adults. Stories can be created, told, and
shared through poetry, puppets, games, drawings, paintings, photos, and
so on; suiting all occasions and age groups. Dhara organises storytelling events, and
facilitates the Katha Kosa Story Club
(please see Ongoing
Lopamudra is the Co-Founder
of The Orange Wedges, and is the
Founder of Big Buddy World.
She has studied Rural Management at
Xavier’s Institute of Management, has studied Storytelling at Kathalaya
(Bangalore), and is a certified Phonics trainer. She is presently the Academic Support
Consultant for Trinity College London (India Office), and is on the Board of
Advisors of the Bookwallah Organization.
She is an ex-banker, and has been a teacher in the Delhi Public School
Lopamudra has developed a Reading
Program for children (3 to 7 years old) which integrates Storytelling with
literacy skills. This Program has been
highly appreciated by parents and is quite effective in developing childrens'
She is a theatre professional, an Odissi
dancer, and a marathon runner. She is
an author of a children’s book on Phonic sounds, AEIOU Sounds. She loves
working with children.
Lopamudra conducts story sessions for
children in schools, and conducts Storytelling workshops for teachers and
parents. She also conducts story
sessions at literary events. She
creates spaces for Personal Storytelling; and, in partnership with Zubin Driver Theatre, curates
discussions on gender issues based on Storytelling performances.
Nilum is an Early Childhood Educator and a trained Storyteller (Storytelling
Diploma holder from The Academy of
Storytelling – Kathalaya, Bangalore). She tells stories to
child and adult groups, including special groups like mentally-challenged
adults. She performs in schools and book stores, and for NGOs and other
organisations. She also conducts Storytelling Workshops with these
groups. Nilum keeps her audiences enraptured through the use of voice
modulation and body language. Besides this, she connects well with her
audiences through the use of games and interactive stories. She views
storytelling as a means of teaching life skills; and of helping people to
improve their thinking and speaking-and-listening skills, and language and
communication skills in general. She enjoys telling inspirational
stories, as well as folk tales, legends and mythological stories from India
and around the world, and is always looking for new ways of telling so as to
keep audience interest.
Nilum is managing Story Space, Mumbai. Story
Space is a national project of Kathalaya.
Samvedna is the founder of Kahaanipur, which offers
storytelling performances and training.
She is a storyteller; a writer of poetry, short stories, and drama; a
journalist; and a trainer in all of these fields. She has worked as a
journalist for some of India's leading Hindi and English newspapers, and for
a Hindi television channel. In 2007, she
published a book of poems, Ladkiyaan jo
pul hoti hain, which received the "Vaageeshwari Samman" award
from the Madhya Pradesh government. At
present, she is writing a story for teenagers. The story is designed to help the teenagers
handle their years of adolescence. She
is also writing lyrics for a nomadic play in Hindi. This play is scheduled to be staged soon in
Ahmedabad and elsewhere.
Samvedna has done
storytelling for preschoolers, for children at activity centres, for
families, and for seniors at old-age homes.
With an NGO in Mumbai, she tells stories to underprivileged children,
and writes scripts for the children's performances.
It was while swimming in the
middle waters of her life that she discovered storytelling, as a serious professional
activity. A performer in her had
always been an undercurrent of her personality. Storytelling helped her to vent out all
that had been lying latent for long.
Samvedna does storytelling
mainly in Hindi and Urdu, and also interacts with audience members in
English. In her storytelling work, she
seeks to address some of the most sensitive issues in the contemporary urban
world. Her work is dedicated to
promoting gender and social equality, to respecting the creative process in
people, and finally to helping to facilitate communal harmony and world
and innovation are trademarks of Samvedna's storytelling style. She does storytelling with music as
well. Her years of work as a
journalist contribute to her analytical way of thinking and leading
interactive discussions after stories are told. She offers storytelling performances and
training for all age-groups, from toddlers to seniors. She is happy to customize workshops.
Sapna is passionate about storytelling!
Sapna specialises in storytelling for children. She tells stories in various unique and
innovative styles. Her storytelling
sessions includes the use of puppets, worksheets, and arts and crafts. Sapna also conducts storytelling classes
for children, throughout the year. In
these classes, the focus is on developing a child's confidence to tell and
discuss stories, increasing vocabulary, teaching moral values, and enhancing
imagination and listening skills, while also having fun.
Usha is the founder of Puppet Wonders. Her storytelling and puppetry performances
are filled with drama, music, movement and singing. She provides
value-based education through this art.
She especially seeks to educate and entertain young people, but her
performances often keep people of all ages spellbound. Usha’s
background is in education and the performing arts. She tells Indian
folktales and mythology, folktales from around the world, and true-life
incidents. She has performed at schools, cultural associations, social
clubs, museums, book stores, NGOs, children’s wings of hospitals, the Kala
Ghoda Festival, International Storytelling Festivals in India and Sweden, and
for Doordarshan TV; and is a member of the International Storytelling
Network. Usha conducts storytelling and puppetry workshops -- for
teachers and students -- at schools, NGOs, etc.
Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai --
Story Club, facilitated by Dhara
by and for adults.
tends to meet at least once per month.
For this month's meeting day, time, and place, please click here and/or contact Dhara.
aims at reviving the art of storytelling for all age groups, and at
maintaining the oral tradition of passing on culture, tradition and history
through stories. And also to
encourage creative thinking amongst the people. To create new contemporary stories and to
learn from the previous ones. Each
one has stories to tell and share.
Each one is always anxious to hear and understand other stories
too. Let us then pass on stories,
old and new to one and all.
We tell all kinds of
stories, including folk tales, audience-participation stories,
inspirational stories, stories about working in corporations, and spiritual
stories; for children and adults.
Stories can be created, told, and shared through poetry, puppets,
games, drawings and paintings, photos, acting, songs and so on. Suiting all occasions and age
Come forward and join us
to create storytelling skits, plays, shows and events. If you belong to a company, institution,
or any other kind of organization, please call us for unique entertainment
programs, including comedy acts.
Kathalaya (directed by Geeta
Ramanujam) is developing three Story
Spaces in Mumbai:
Contact: Nilum Jajodia.
2) Katha Kutir, Mulund,
Contact: Anupama Mohan,
email@example.com , +91 98207 90382.
3) Kathamrut, Mumbai.
Contact: Asmita Sarwade,
firstname.lastname@example.org , +91 97696
For info about the Story Space project in general,
please click here and call
080 2668 9856.