Indian Storytelling Network
1) Dhara Kothari.
4) Preeti Bapat.
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 Group.
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' reading proficiencies.
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 leads a Kathalaya Story
Space in Mumbai..
Storyspace is a Kathalaya undertaking around the world.
Preeti earned a Masters in "Human Resources", and a Diploma in "Training and Development" from the Indian Society of Training and Development, New Delhi. She worked for some years in the Corporate World. However, she had little interest in routinely spending hours facilitating regular training programs and maintaining training records, neck-deep in excel spreadsheets almost every day.
Even with this monotone schedule, the creative juices would automatically flow if she was challenged to develop activities around training workshops or writing small instant caselets.
Gradually, the quest for learning nuances of Storytelling grew multifold, as Preeti began to realise that for any successful training or learning experience, a storyboard and the keyword “CONNECT” is pivotal.
She learned about Kathalaya, and enrolled for the beginner’s course in 2015. The world of stories was a perfect environment for her, and this was the start of a new beginning in Preeti's professional life.
Currently, Preeti is continuing her Storytelling training with Kathalaya, and leads a Kathalaya Storyspace in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. She cherishes creating new stories and tweaking existing ones. Preeti's first published article, “The Gift of Storytelling” (6mb, pdf), appeared in the Nov 2017 issue of Life Positive magazine. She feels immense pleasure in calling her profession as "Storyteller" and is evolving more with it each day!
A) Storytelling Workshops for Children (3-14 years).
1) Group 1 (3 - 6.5 years): Stories with Art and Craft.
2) Group 2 (6.5 - 8 years): Stories with Art and Craft; and Story prompts to invoke thoughts and help the children create their own stories (using story cards)
3) Group 3 (8.5 - 14 years): Stories with Art and Craft; and Writing prompts for creative writing (one liner and story cubes). Also showing ways Mind Maps and memory techniques can be used for easy recall (for academic study).
B) Workshops for Pre-school Teachers:
Basics of Storytelling: 6 hour workshop.
- Selecting stories.
- Establishing connect with the pre-schoolers.
Storyspace is a Kathalaya undertaking around the world.
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 peace.
Creativity, improvisation, 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.