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Indian Storytelling Network




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

1) Dhara Kothari.

2) Lopamudra Mohanty.
3) Nilum Jajodia.

4) Samvedna Amitabh.
5) Sapna Chheda.
6) Usha Venkatraman.

Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai.




Dhara Kothari

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 Activities).

Contact info:
98200 10335




Lopamudra Mohanty.

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.

Contact info:

73033 03000

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Nilum Jajodia.
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. 
Contact info:
80979 58410




Samvedna Amitabh.

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.

Contact info:

98201 24082

Sapna Chheda.
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. 
Contact Info:
98203 84049

Usha Venkatraman.
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.
Contact info:
98201 79303 







Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai --





Katha Kosa Story Club, facilitated by Dhara Kothari .

Storytelling primarily by and for adults. 


Katha Kosa tends to meet at least once per month.  For this month's meeting day, time, and place, please click here and/or contact Dhara.

Katha Kosa 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 groups. 


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:


1) Mid-Mumbai.

Contact: Nilum Jajodia. 


2) Katha Kutir, Mulund, Mumbai.

Contact: Anupama Mohan, , +91 98207 90382.


3) Kathamrut, Mumbai.

Contact: Asmita Sarwade, , +91 97696


For info about the Story Space project in general, please click here and call 080 2668 9856.