Lists of Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
Please click on a location --
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (1 listing).
Mumbai, Maharashtra (6 listings).
Pune, Maharashtra (1 listing).
Kerala (1 listing).
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.
For additional details, please e-mail to
is the Indian Storytelling Network's email group. Registered ISN storytellers are added to this group automatically. All others are welcome to request to join the group.
To join (Chennai-based) World Storytelling Institute's e-mail announcement group, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
To join (Bangalore-based) Kathalaya's e-mail announcement group, please e-mail to email@example.com .
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, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Storytelling Training via Videoconference --
The World Storytelling Institute offers one-on-one and group training via videoconference (Skype, Google+, Facetime, etc). Additional info is here.
Two videoconferences recently co-facilitated by Dr Eric (Director, WSI) are,
Videoconference on Storytelling and Healing (6 Jan 2014). Info about, and a link to a recording of, this videoconference are here.
Videoconference on Dragons and other Monsters (20 March 2014, World Storytelling Day). Info about, and a link to a recording of, this videoconference are here.
Most of the individuals listed on the ISN website are happy to travel throughout India to perform and/or train.
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By Eric Miller,
(Original unedited version is here.)
In the Press
An article about Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling, following Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014 (by Sudha Umashankar, in The Hindu) is here.
Recent World Storytelling Institute events have included:
World Storytelling Day 2015 was celebrated on 20 March 2015 at the University of Madras, in Chennai. A photo is here.
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015,
"Storytelling for Teaching and Training" ( 4-15 Feb 2015).
Info is here.
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014,
"Storytelling and Healing" (7-9 Feb 2014).
Info is here.
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2013,.
Teaching-and-Learning about Storytelling" (1-3 Feb 2013).
Info is here.
Recent Kathalaya events have included:
World Storytelling Day 2015 was celebrated on 21 March 2015 at Kathalaya, in Bangalore. A write-up about the event, and photos, are here. The theme this year was "wishes".
Kathalaya events in 2014 included:
The 2014 Schedule of Courses by Kathalaya's Academy of Storytelling is here.
Kathalaya's Sept 2014 events in Bangalore are listed here .
12 Sept 2014, at Success Manthra (in Chennai) --
19-21 Sept 2014, at Kathalaya (in Bangalore) --
20 Sept 2014, at Kathalaya (in Bangalore) --
Katha Sandhya - An Evening of Stories.
Kathothsava 2014: An International Storytelling Festival.
In Bangalore. 20 November, to 12 December 2014.
Write-up about 1) the Festival Inauguration and Felicitation (20 Nov), and 2) the Kathakahani (free storytelling in 20 spaces across Benguluru) (21-23 Nov).
Kathothsava 2014, Concept Note
Kathothsava 2014, Media Release
Kathothsava 2014, Poster
Kathotsava 2014, Poster for Storytelling Workshop on 28 Nov 2014
Kathotsava 2014, Profile of Festival Director
For additional info:
080 2668 9856
World Storytelling Institute presents:
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016 (Fri 5 - Sun 14 Feb 2016),
"Storytelling and Inter-cultural Communication". Travel. Tourism. Translation. "Journey" and "Path" as Metaphors. Visiting other lands and worlds. Discovery and Exploration of the other, and of the self.