Lists of Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
Please click on a location (from north to south) --
Dehradun, Uttarakhand (1 listing).
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi (3 listings).
Jaipur, Rajasthan (1 listing).
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (1 listing).
Ahmedabad, Gujarat (1 listing).
Kolkata, West Bengal (2 listings).
Surat, Gujarat (1 listing).
Mumbai, Maharashtra (10 listings).
Pune, Maharashtra (5 listings).
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (3 listings).
About the ISN
The Indian Storytelling Network is dedicated to facilitating the development of Storytelling in India, with Storytelling being defined primarily as the telling of Stories with one's body and voice -- perhaps with visuals such as costumes, puppets, and props, and perhaps with electronic assistance -- in live performance, that is, in social events in which all participants can give feedback to each other as the event unfolds.
The Indian Storytelling Network's mission includes:
Letting members of the public know what Storytellers in what locations are available as performers and trainers.
Enabling the Storytellers to network amongst themselves.
Facilitating Festivals and Conferences.
Communicating with other Storytelling Organisations around the World.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Education (including as parts of School Curriculums). The ISN aspires to be a resource for Educators.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Therapy (Psychological healing). It is time for Storytelling Therapy to take its place alongside Drama Therapy, Dance Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Coaching.
The ISN draws upon many ancient Indian traditions regarding developing ways of using Stories and Storytelling for Education, Therapy, and Coaching.
Conducting research regarding forms of traditional Storytelling in India; documenting these traditions, supporting continuations and modernisations of these traditions, and presenting all of this to the public.
Exploring ways of telling traditional Indian stories to members of the contemporary Indian public -- in the Vernacular languages, and in English, to help further develop the Creativity, Compassion, Powers of Imagination and Reasoning, and Communication Skills of all concerned.
To Be Listed on an ISN Webpage
For additional details, please e-mail to
is the Indian Storytelling Network's email group.
Once one is listed on the ISN website,
one becomes a member of the ISN
and one's email ID is added to this email group.
To join (Chennai-based) World Storytelling Institute's e-mail announcement group, please e-mail to email@example.com .
To join (Bangalore-based) Kathalaya's e-mail announcement group, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
To join Storytell, a global discussion group about storytelling, please click here.
Kathalaya's "Story Spaces" --
Kathalaya is setting up resource centers called Story Spaces. So far, Story Spaces are developing in Mumbai, Mulund (Mumbai), Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Madurai. Story Spaces could exist in schools, activity centres, or as individual undertakings. Additional info is here.
For info: 080 2668 9856, email@example.com .
The World Storytelling Institute has helped to found Storytelling Associations in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, and Ahmedabad.
The WSI offers Storytelling Training via Videoconference --
One-on-one and group training is available via (Zoom) videoconference. Links to 16 videoconferences Dr Eric, WSI Director, has co-facilitated are here.
Additional info about the WSI's training ia videoconference is here.
Most of the individuals listed on the ISN website are happy to travel throughout India to perform and/or train.
Kathotsava 2018 --
A Storytelling Festival
Info is at https://tinyurl.com/Kathotsava-2018
Celebrating Kathalaya's 20 years of Storytelling
Dates: 22nd Nov to 1st Dec 2018.
Featuring Workshops and Performances
by International Tellers,
Local Folklorists and
Professional Tellers of the
International Academy of Storytelling.
A Storytelling and Mask-making Workshop,
Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Nov 2018,
A Storytelling and Shadow Puppetry Workshop,
Fri 23rd and Sat 24th Nov 2018,
World Storytelling Institute presents
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2019
Info is at www.storytellinginstitute.org/CSF2019.html
Dates: Fri 1st to Sun 10th Feb 2019.
A recording of a recent (2017) by Ms Geeta Ramanujam, Director of Kathalaya, is here.
Writings by Dr Eric Miller,
"Ways Storytellers are Using Audio- and Videoconferencing for Training, Discussion, and Performance", 12-page section of Storytelling Magazine, guest-edited by Dr Eric.
(The original unedited version is here.)