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3) Geeta Ramanujam.
5) Lavanya Prasad.
7) Meera Venkatesan.
8) Parvathy Eswaran.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Dr. Kalyan has been trained and certified as a storyteller by Kathalaya Academy.
Personal website, http://kalyankankanala.com .
Intellectual Property through Stories Program,
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.
Tale'scope's Facebook page
Tale'scope's Youtube channel
Sound Cloud: Lavanya's Tales
Meenu has become a Storyteller because of her passion and love for stories. She believes stories have the power to enrich as well as entertain.
An Engineer by qualification, Meenu worked in the IT industry for close to a decade. After quitting her corporate job, she got an opportunity to interact with many school children through her educational venture. It was then that she began in earnest to explore the world of stories through writing and telling.
Seeing the impact of stories and realizing that the children of this generation are definitely missing the magical experience of oral storytelling, she decided to dive deeply into this art.
She became associated with Bangalore Storytelling Society, which provided her opportunities to tell to large audiences.
Later, Meenu began her own initiative called “Katha Galatta" – Unleash Ur Joy Thru’ Stories, to revive the love for oral storytelling and rekindle the joy of discovering characters through stories.
Over the years, she has honed her skills through the various Storytelling Workshops offered by veterans like Jeeva Raghunath, Geeta Ramanujam, and Roger Jenkins. Meenu is also a member of the Federation of Asian Storytellers (FEAST). Meenu has performed at storytelling festivals such as Bangalore Storytelling Festival 2018 and 2019, Jharkhand Online Storytelling Festival 2020, and Janatha Curfew Online Festival 2020.
Meenu leads: Interactive Story Sessions at Schools in Bangalore. Weekly/Fortnightly/Monthly Sessions. Event Based Sessions. Holiday Camps. Story Clubs.
She tells stories at libraries, cultural spaces, public parks, childrens' carnivals, lake festivals and gated communities.
Meenu has also associated with NGOs, with whom she uses the mediums of stories and storytelling for social causes.
Being a classically-trained singer, she tries to incorporate music and movements in her storytelling.
Meenu also conducts story-related workshops for adults, such as, "Storytelling for Beginners," an introductory workshop for teachers, parents, and other adults who love stories and storytelling and want to take this art to the next level.
Meenu is one of the storytellers in the podcast, "The Jumping Jelly Beans" (Singapore).
Meenu's own story podcast is called "KathaPod – Once upon a Story".
A photo of Meenu is here.
Meera Venkatesan is a professional performance storyteller, trainer, and learning consultant with a love of words and a deep desire to create meaningful learning.
Meera is a part of the creative storytelling group Katha Krafters. She loves to don many hats including storytelling, and writing poetry, scripts, and non-fiction. She has worked extensively to create story-based curriculums to enhance learning.
She started her experiments with storytelling 10 years ago at Kathalaya Academy of storytelling. Since then her career in storytelling and friendship with stories has grown and matured in many different ways through teaching, training, and performing.
The services she offers as a storyteller are:
* Training: Storytelling for teachers.
* Story Curriculum: Create a customised story-based curriculum for schools.
* Creative Writing and Public Speaking Workshops: Workshops for children.
* Storytelling Performances: Online and in-person storytelling for schools and events.
* Customised Storytelling Programs: Create a customized storytelling module for corporates and events.
Parvathy is a Storyteller by passion and choice. She believes that stories are all around us in plenty, as free as the air we breathe, and that Storytellers can be a channel to spread these stories. After 25 years in the corporate sector, today Parvathy is a freelance Storyteller. She has a deep desire to educate underprivileged cildren through language development and stories.
In relation to Storytelling, Parvathy is a
3) Curriculum Developer, and
Full details about her activities in these fields are in her Profile.
Parvathy offers Storytelling services such as:
1) Various story-based workshops for children and adults.
2) Workshops that train teachers regarding ways they could use Storytelling in their lesson plans.
3) Helping schools to integrate Storytelling in their curriculum.
Parvathy is a member of a group of Storytellers named, Katha Krafters.
A photo of Parvathy is here.
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.
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
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.
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.
Shylaja Sampath's Facebook page is
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.
Swati is the Founder and Director of 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!"