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

1) Ameen Haque.
2) Aparna Athreya.

3) Geeta Ramanujam.

4) Kalyan C. Kankanala.

5) Lavanya Prasad.

6) Sangeeta Goel.
7) Sariga Menon.
8) Shreya Biswas.

9) Shylaja Sampath.
10) Sowmya Srinivasan.

11) Swati Kakodkar.

Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Bangalore.


Ameen Haque.  Founder, Storywallahs.

Ameen has led a double life in Advertising and Theater.  A trained actor and storyteller, he has attended an Intensive course in Storytelling and passionately believes in the power of stories to change the world.  He is using the power of stories to bring about a change in Education, to train teachers, work with special children and also train leaders from the world of business in the art of Storytelling.  Drawing upon his experience from theater, work with special children and advertising, his workshops and training programs are ideal for those who want to become better storytellers.  As a performer and storyteller he uses music (harmonica), masks, picture cards and songs to bring alive his characters and stories.  Comfortable with Hindi, English and Gujarati, Ameen also writes and tells original stories in the form of poetry.  When not conducting workshops, he can be found spreading the magic of stories at schools, bookstores or an orphanage. 

Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.
98455 36114


Aparna Athreya.  Founder, Kid and Parent Foundation.

Aparna is a storyteller and storywriter, and a passionate advocate of Storytelling in education.  She works with schools and the welfare sector where she runs developmental programs using Storytelling.  Her deep involvement with stories has led her to also don the mantel of a performance storyteller, as she enjoys bringing the magic of stories to life for children and adults alike! 

Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.


99452 25126



Geeta Ramanujam
.  Director, Kathalaya and Academy of Storytelling
Geeta Ramanujam, besides being an internationally renowned storyteller, is an educator, academician and administrator.  She is the Executive Director of Kathalaya Trust, which is the culmination of her vision and wisdom.  Geeta uses storytelling as an effective educational and cultural tool in many leading educational institutions in India and abroad.  She has also established and founded the Academy of Storytelling, the only globally-recognized Academy for Storytelling in the World.  The Academy offers both Certificate and Diploma courses in Storytelling.  Spanning over 34 years in the Educational field, Geeta has introduced Storytelling as a Learning tool in many corners of the world.  She has trained over 67,000 people in the field of storytelling.


Geeta is an Ashoka Fellow.  She has performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, UK, International festival at Brazil, Storywood festival at Sweden, World Tales festival Poland, the International Storytelling Centre USA, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Norway and at many other festivals.  She is also the Indian Coordinator for the International Storytelling Network (RIC) and the co-founder/coordinator of the Indian Storytelling Network.


For Ongoing Activities (Jan 2018), please click here.


In May 2015, Geeta Ramanujam received the "Bangalore at its Best" award for her outsanding service to the city of Bangalore.  Photos and details are here.


Articles, video recordings, etc --


Performance in 2017 tales of Geeta





080 2668 9856

Kathalaya, #88, BHBCS Layout, 2nd Cross, 3rd Main,

BTM II Stage, Bannerghatta Road,

Bangalore - 560 076




Dr Kalyan C. Kankanala.

     Dr. Kalyan Kankanala is a renowned Intellectual Property (IP) attorney, professor, and novelist.  He specializes in helping clients maximize business and financial value from creative ideas through effective intellectual property protection, management, and commercialization.  Since 2003, Dr. Kalyan has been actively involved in building IP capacity in the country through teaching, training, and hand holding.  He served as the national expert on IP for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, and teaches at premier institutes such as IIMB and NLSIU.

     Dr. Kalyan offers IP knowledge and skill development programs for corporates and individuals through story development and storytelling.  The title of the program he has developed is, Intellectual Property through Stories.  The long title is, Storytelling-based Corporate IP Training and Knowledge Development Program.    

     Dr. Kalyan provides storytelling-based services as part of BananaIP (BIP) Counsels' training programs, and as part of intellectual property courses at law and management institutes. Stories are an integral part of his courses on patent law, entertainment law, trade mark law, open source law, and so on.

     Dr. Kalyan's students and trainees learn concepts and skills of IP through entertaining, educational, creative, imaginative, and interactive storytelling.  They also learn ways to craft stories around IP concepts and issues, as a way to help themselves and others think about and understand the issues involved.  In telling these stories, students simultaneously communicate the concepts and issues to others while deepening their own understanding.

     BananaIP’s team of IP experts have over the years taught more than ten thousand corporates, from fresh recruits to CEOs.  Now, storytelling is adding an additional dimension to BIP's training programs.  The IP through Stories Program is useful for any company seeking to gain business value from IP, and to build an innovative IP culture among its employees.      

     The program is suitable for:

1) People with limited or no IP knowledge such as engineers, scientists, and writers.

2) IP professionals seeking advanced skills.

3) Students and beginners.

4) Faculty.    

     Dr. Kalyan has been trained and certified as a storyteller by Kathalaya Academy.


Personal website, .

Intellectual Property through Stories Program, .




Lavanya Prasad.

Lavanya is a professional storyteller.  She has run her organization, Tale'scope, since March 2014.  As a little girl, she wanted to become a teacher.  She is very grateful to her grandfather, who used stories to make learning interesting.  She found her true calling when she was working as a teacher and began developing ways to use stories to teach.  The possibilities she discovered in this process prompted her to start Tale'scope in 2014.  Tale'scope caters to everyone who believes in the power of stories.  Lavanya's work has taken her to many different places, where she has worked with various kinds of people, including teachers and other educators, corporates, senior citizens, and children (including those who are visually-challenged or otherwise differently-abled).  Tale'scope gives training programs, lecture demonstrations, creative writing workshops, talks, etc.  Lavanya is proud to be working on the "Roots" project with members of a senior citizen's community: this project focuses on helping senior citizens to write their life stories.  She also works with senior citizens on a regular basis conducting "circles" that help them to share their innermost fears, hopes, and other feelings and thoughts.  She considers herself lucky to be able to make her passion her profession.  If you believe in the power of stories just like Lavanya, and you would like her to come to your organization for a training session or a talk, please communicate with her.


98456 80816

Tale'scope's Facebook page

Tale'scope's Youtube channel   

Sound Cloud:  Lavanya's Tales




Sangeeta Goel.

Sangeeta has told stories to children, teenagers and adults at various cultural events and literature festivals. Her repertoire of stories include Indian, European and African folktales. Sangeeta also uses real life narratives in her tellings.

     As a trainer, Sangeeta has a wide range of training expertise in the Finance and Legal Industry, Hospitality and Travel Industry, Educational Institutions (teachers and students), Development Sector. She has also trained employees (from entry level to mid-management level) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. She has also used theatrical tools to convey messages on change management in organisations.

     As a theatre artist, Sangeeta is trained in the Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. She has used Forum Theatre as the tool to initiate conversation on Body Image. She actively performs as a Playback actor in the city to entertain and as a training tool.

     As an author, Sangeeta has written two original story books for children. She has also contributed various articles on Gender Diversity, Sexual Abuse and Harassment, Sexuality Education to one of the leading online magazines - Women’s Web.

     Sangeeta carries a passion for constant learning. In addition to the theatre trainings, Sangeeta has also trained in Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Skills for Counselling Adolescents, Storytelling for Special Needs and Navarasa. Sangeeta uses her experiences from her background enriched in Theatre, Storytelling, Writing, Travelling, Teaching, Arts in her training to make it fun and interactive.

     A Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary, Sangeeta has a decade of experience. Sangeeta started her career as a Tax Laws advisor in a leading finance consulting corporation. She has worked in diversified roles ranging from advisory in Foreign Exchange Laws, Indian Corporate Tax Laws, Indian Corporate Laws, leading a team of graduates and Chartered Accountants.


99860 64673

LinkedIn webpage  



Sariga Menon

After her Masters in Communications from Symbiosis University, Sariga spent about four years working in some of India’s best advertising agencies (Ogilvy, Contract) helping companies tell the stories of their products to consumers.  Having done an Intensive course in Storytelling, Sariga believes that stories can be a means to discover the meaningful relationships and spends her free time sourcing, absorbing and telling stories.  Most performers enjoy a natural connection with children, but Sariga has the amazing gift of also connecting with adults and this is what makes her special.  She is associated with The Storywallahs and is currently spreading the magic of stories with special children at an Orphanage.
96633 97928

Shreya Biswas.  Founder, Katharangam.

Shreya is a trained storyteller, a story lover, and a firm believer in the power of stories.  A graduate in chemistry from Calcutta University, her love for children made her an early childhood educator.  An alumna of Children's Little Theatre, Kolkata, it was a natural transition for her from being a teacher, to being a storyteller and performer.  Shreya has an amazing ability to make an instant connection with children.  She often uses visual art as an aid for storytelling, and her performances are a treat for the senses, as she brings her stories alive with songs, picture cards, glove puppets, and paintings.  Shreya  trains teachers to help integrate stories into education.  She also trains aspiring storytellers, both adult and children.  Shreya spreads the magic of stories through her dream initiative, Katharangam.


99002 34613




Shylaja Sampath.

Besides being a performer since her childhood, Shylaja is an educator, experienced storyteller, theatre artist, and soft skills trainer.  She has acted in several plays, including B Jayashree’s Sadaramé, The First Leaf, and Gumma Banda Gumma.  She has conducted storytelling sessions at Ranga Shankara, Rangoli Metro Art Centre, Hippocampus, Atta Galata, and other venues.  She was invited to tell stories at the prestigious theater festival in memory of CG Krishnaswamy, in an attempt to bring marginalized groups to the mainstream.  Keen on making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged, Shylaja has been an active storyteller at Buguri, a community library for the children of waste workers in Banashankari, among several other personal initiatives.  She has collaborated with numerous other storytellers

     Shylaja is a trained public speaker, a Toastmaster, who conducts workshops for professionals in companies such as Seimens, Britannia Industries and others, in various parts of the country.  She also conducts storytelling workshops for educators across public and private schools in an attempt to improve and diversify the methods of teaching. 

     A teacher by profession and an actor by passion, Shylaja uses her skills to engage, entertain, and educate children with her stories.  She also specializes in storytelling for adults with an aim to help provide new perspectives on complex personal issues through meaningful and inspiring tales.  Shylaja tells stories in English and Kannada.

Member, Bangalore Storytelling Society.


99164 45641

Shylaja Sampath's Facebook page is

Sowmya Srinivasan

Sowmya is a Professional Storyteller, Psychologist, and Life Skills Trainer who has been telling stories to people of all ages from 2008.  She started using storytelling and theatre techniques to help develop creative thinking in children through a venture called SoulSpace Storytell.

     She is a Founding member of Bangalore Storytelling Society, a non-profit organisation that helps to nurture and inspire adults to tell and share stories of all kinds.

     At present Sowmya is the Chief Storyteller at Muktha Foundation, which works in the field of Abuse and Mental Health.   She believes in the power of stories and storytelling and is currently facilitating a Healing Circle of Storytelling using traditional stories for adults, in association with Atta Galatta book store in Bangalore.  

     Sowmya has earned an M.Phil in Psychology from Annamalai University, and a PG Diploma in Special Education from VidyaSagar (Chennai).  She is trained in Theatre of the Oppressed and Improv Theatre techniques to better understand the imaginative mind. 

     She curates two blogs: a Personal Journey blog called SoulSpace, and another that captures Life Stories of Women called Reinvention Stories.


97315 70615              

Sowmya Srinivasan on Facebook.

SoulSpace Storytell on Facebook.

Instagram:  sowmya.r.srinivasan_soulspace




Swati Kakodkar.  Founder, Story ki Bory.

Swati is the brain behind Story ki Bory, a structured story-time program conducted in an informal, spontaneous and interactive manner.  Story ki Bory is designed to inspire children to cultivate and strengthen their likings for stories and books, spark imaginations, improve language skills, and build confidence.

     Story ki Bory, literally meaning "a sackful of stories", offers an environment that easily allows children to shed their inhibitions, and provides a platform where they can showcase their talents.

     An MBA by education, Swati has worked in the areas of Brand Building and Corporate Communication.

     A certified storyteller, she is currently pursuing her Diploma in Storytelling with Kathalaya.

     Swati likes to define herself as enthusiastic, approachable and organized, and as a creative dreamer.  Two mottos she is inspired by are:

"Be the change you want to see in the world".

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!"


98860 48516







Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Bangalore (Jan 2018)






Kathalaya presents many storytelling-related activities.  Kathlaya's vision is to establish Storytelling as an effective tool in all spheres of Education.  



82773 89840

98452 07073

080 2668 9856

Kathalaya, #88, BHBCS Layout, 2nd Cross, 3rd Main,

BTM II Stage, Bannerghatta Road,

Bangalore - 560 076





Bangalore Storytelling Society (BSS).

The Bangalore Storytelling Society seeks to promote, revive, and popularize various traditional and contemporary storytelling forms across numerous languages.


Many of the leaders of the Bangalore Storytelling Society have received training in Storytelling from Kathalaya, and would like to express appreciation for this training. 


There is a monthly BSS Meet-Up, showcasing amateur and professional Storytellers.  Please register to attend, and possibly to tell a story, on the BSS Meet-Up page.


Contact info:

BSS Blog

BSS Facebook page

BSS Meet-Up page





Ever After.

Ever After offers Storytelling Classes for people of all ages.


Contact info:

99166 41717