Indian Storytelling Network
Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
1) Banumathy H.
Banumathy is the Founder-Director of Fables n Tales. She believes that stories can entertain and educate.
As part of the Government of Tamil Nadu's "Children's Program", Banu has shared stories in Public Libraries across Chennai. She is also a member of the Government of Tamil Nadu's "Story Corner" project.
Banu has told stories and conducted workshops in Storytelling Festivals and schools across Tamil Nadu. She has performed for Regional and International Radio Channels, for DD National Television, and with International Storytelling Guilds.
When Banu tells stories, she uses her theatrical expertise to transport listeners to different worlds. Listeners make the story their own by relating themselves to the characters.
Banu believes that by telling and/or listening to a hero’s / heroine's story journey, and by deciphering the metaphors of a story, one can enhance one's problem-solving skills, further develop moral values and creative imagination, improve vocabulary, and even experience healing.
Storytelling-related Services Offered (online):
* Regular Saturday storytelling sessions for children aged 4-9.
* Interactive storytelling sessions using puppets for all occasions.
* Customised intensive workshop, "Introduction to Storytelling and Its Elements", for all age groups.
* Workshop on making and using puppets.
* Workshop for parents on reading and telling stories to their children.
Geetha is a Storyteller and Educator. She attended a certificate course in Storytelling at Kathalaya (in Bangalore) in 2013. For a number of years after that, she represented Kathalaya, performing and teaching storytelling for children at schools, bookstores, and libraries.
Now based in Coimbatore, Geetha is also doing this work via Zoom with children in India and in the USA.
A photo is here.
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.