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Indian Storytelling Network

 

New Delhi and Gurgaon

 



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

 

1) Neeraj.

2) Neha.

3) Preetika Sachar.

4) Rituparna Ghosh.

5) Seema Wahi Mukherjee.

6) Sonia Bareja Punhani.

 

 

 

1

Neeraj, also known as Archarya Neeraj.

Neeraj is a motivational speaker, theater practitioner, and storyteller.  He studies and applies philosophical and spiritual traitions that reflect the dynamism in learning and in human spiritual values.  For him, teaching is learning again and again…again and again…  An award-winning facilitator, Neeraj uses the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance.

     Neeraj is a healer, meditation guide, and practitioner of Narrative Therapy through Transformative Storytelling.  He started learning different techniques of Self Healing at a very young age, and has constantly applied these techniques to himself.  Over the years he has become a deeply intuitive healer and teacher.

     Neeraj has been studying spiritual and yogic techniques since 1996.  During more than 20 years of learning, relearning, unlearning, sharing and teaching through Storytelling, he has mastered many alternative healing techniques which are based on the age-old Indian discipline of Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, and Pranayama.  It has been his conscious quest to work on Yogic Techniques, Subtle Yoga, Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) Meditation, Tai Chi, Naturopathy, Zen, BioDanza, Butoh, Akido, Expressive Art, EFT, DOGa, and Metaphysics of the Mind, Body, and Soul that teach ways to manage and alleviate phobias and psychosomatic illnesses in natural ways.  He helps people understand subtle and essential aspects of the mind, body, and spirit connection. 

     Neeraj is the author of the meditative manual "Sapere Aude (Dare to BE Wise)".  He has been featured in various publications such as BBC-Hindi, Zee TV, Times of India, Indian Express, and News Nation.

     Neeraj works with DElotus Advaya Holistic Health Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 

     DElotus (Flowering of Innate Human Potential) is a cross-cultural platform for seekers.  DElotus offers avant-garde Expressive Art Workshops, Creative Courses, Mixed Martial Arts Training, Yogic Therapy Sessions, Spiritual and Experiential Road-trips and Expeditions, and more.

     DElotus provides participants with opportunities to share stories.  Story-gathering and sharing are therapeutic activities for all involved.  DElotus' mission includes inspiring young people to discover the power of their own voices and the Voices of the Voiceless.

     Neeraj often works in the following cities (in alphabetical order): Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune, and Surat.

Contact info:  

98201 71766

delotusin@gmail.com

http://www.delotus.in

DElotus on Youtube

 

 

2

Neha (née Nidhi Awasthi).

Neha is the spirit behind DElotus Advaya Holistic Health Solutions Pvt. Ltd.  She spearheads the management and operations functions of DElotus. 

     Neha holds a Master’s degree in management and brings on board extensive corporate experience in Brand-Driven Storytelling.  She is a passionate and successful conceptualist, strategist, and implementer. 

     Neha is also a trained voice-over artist.  She has facilitated and performed at retreats, workshops, conferences, and special events all around India.  In addition, she is a well-received music curator, Tisane Master, specialist in the new dance movement for Physical Storytelling and Meditational Technique.  She is a healer and a thought-leader.  She is an exponent and expert in Tai Chi and sword Tai Chi, and conducts workshops in various forms of dance and music.  She has a beautiful singing voice and just completed Taittiriya Aranyaka, Parad Samhita, and its hymns so recitation of different mantras comes naturally to her for deepening yogic practices such as DMT, Tai Chi, Nada Yoga, and BioDanza.

     DElotus (Flowering of Innate Human Potential) is a cross-cultural platform for seekers.  DElotus offers avant-garde Expressive Art Workshops, Creative Courses, Mixed Martial Arts Training, Yogic Therapy Sessions, Spiritual and Experiential Road-trips and Expeditions, and more.

     DElotus provides participants with opportunities to share stories.  Story-gathering and sharing are therapeutic activities for all involved.  DElotus' mission includes inspiring young people to discover the power of their own voices and the Voices of the Voiceless.

Contact info:

98200 38390

edu@delotus.in

http://www.delotus.in

DElotus on Youtube

 

                                                                                     

3

Preetika Sachar Kumar.

     Preetika is passionate about telling stories to young children.  She has studied storytelling with Dr. Eric Miller, director of the World Storytelling Institute, Chennai. 

     Preetika was drawn to storytelling while telling stories to her own toddler.  She has been mesmerised by the sense of wonder that stories can weave into the minds of children in general.  Preetika uses her storytelling skills to transport children into a world of magic, awe, and imagination.  She uses melody in stories, especially those stories that bring hope, inspiration and motivation to young minds.

     For over 13 years, Preetika has worked with both national and international organisations, advancing access to educational and developmental opportunities for students across India.  Her areas of expertise in this field include international education, cross-cultural communication, student outreach and recruitment, facilitation of academic partnership programs, and grants management.  She holds a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and a Bachelors in Sociology from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi.

Contact info:

98737 32203

preetika.sachar@gmail.com

 

 

4

Rituparna Ghosh.

     With more than a decade of storytelling behind her, Rituparna Ghosh is the founder of Your Story Bag.  Always sniffing for a good story to tell, Rituparna feels her past lives as a journalist and a television producer have taught her the power of good stories.

     As a storyteller, Rituparna works with varied audiences including children, teachers, parents, professionals, entrepreneurs, and people in businesses and corporations, helping them to "Discover Expressions, Emotions, and Life through Stories."

     Rituparna believes there is a storyteller in each of us.  Children and adults need stories and storytelling skills all of their lives, to make sense of the world and give shape to their ideas.  Besides offering her own storytelling classes for children, Rituparna tells in schools, bookstores, activity centers, and festivals.

     Her flagship storytelling program, "Tickle Your Story Bones" (for educators), has been adopted in Shyama Prasad Mukherji College for Women,  Delhi University,  New Delhi.  Rituparna is a pre-school consultant, and has trained teachers in schools across the country.  She also conducts workshops for parents in using storytelling as a parenting tool.  In the corporate space,  Rituparna has worked on projects involving the use of storytelling for Training, Company Branding,  Change Management, Communication, and Gender Sensitization. 

     Rituparna strongly believes storytelling will be a very sought after skill in the coming years, and she is deeply committed to making storytelling a mainstream skill in India.  She is the founder of the Delhi Storytellers’ Network, a network of professional storytellers in the city. 

     Rituparna is currently attached with Shyama Prasad Mukherji College,  Delhi University, as a Faculty in Storytelling for their B.El.Ed Program.  In the past she has also taught students in Communications and Media.  Rituparna is a graduate in Literature from Lady Shri Ram College, and a post graduate in Content Creation and Management from the School of Convergence, International Management Institute (both in New Delhi).  She is also a trained Bharat Natyam dancer.

Member,  Delhi Storytellers' Network

Contact Info:

98106 02108

rituparna@yourstorybag.com

Facebook page of Your Story Bag

 

 

5

Seema Wahi Mukherjee.

     Seema is a Storyteller, and an Educator who uses Storytelling in Workshops relating to Education, Experiential Learning, and Soft Skills.

     She has been a passionate advocate of Storytelling in Education for more than 10 years, designing and conducting general as well as customised Storytelling Workshops for Educators across India.  She engages School Students from preschool to Grade XII; and also children who are not attending school.

     Seema has presented a paper on "Storytelling as a Connector in Early Childhood Education", for the National Council Of Educational Research And Training, during the 2016 "National Consultation Meet on Pedagogy and Practices in Early Childhood Education".  Articles of hers relating to Storytelling and Education have appeared in numerous publications. 

     Seema is a firm believer in the power of stories to engage, enchant, awaken, heal, and empower listeners -- thus bringing about personal transformations that can lead to social change.  She is particularly interested in the healing power of stories.

      Seema leads Interactive Storytelling Sessions with people of all ages -- in metros, towns, and villages; in urban and rural settings.  She performs at libraries, learning centres for children, centres for senior citizens, NGOs, private schools, festivals, and other special events.  She employs different tools like puppets, props, paper craft, story scrolls, story cubes, story cards, and musical instruments to enhance the performances.  Her expertise regarding experiential education, and her skill as a toy designer, come in handy while planning and conducting Interactive Storytelling Performances and Workshops.

     As a consultant with Indus World School (Gurgaon), Seema conducts weekly sessions in which she integrates various academic subjects through Storytelling with the children.  She also conducts Language-expression classes with them.  The children are encouraged to express themselves through crafts, role plays, drama, and drawing -- as well as through composing, and telling and writing, their own stories.  She is also a Visiting Consultant, Facilitator, and Mentor at The Green Acres Academy, Chembur, Mumbai.

     Seema has trained Educators, College Students, Trainers in NGOs and Corporates, and Employees in the Hospitality Industry, regarding Storytelling and Soft Skills.  Rashtrapati Bhawan staff members participated in Soft Skill Workshops conducted by her under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, organised by the National Skill Development Council during 3 months in 2016.  She employed the technique of storytelling to address various issues in these Workshops.

     Seema is a graduate of the Certificate Course in Storytelling offered by Kathalaya and is pursuing the Diploma course there.  She is a Post Graduate in "Education Leadership" from Idiscoveri, a Post Graduate in "Garment Manufacturing Technology" from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi), and has earned a Masters in English Literature.  Seema is the Founder of Enchanting World (in 1997), and The Gaatha Company (in 2016).

     Consultant, Indus World School, Gurgaon.

     Visiting Consultant, The Green Acres Academy, Mumbai.

     Founder, Enchanting World.

     Founder, The Gaatha Company.

Contact info:

98182 12932

seema.wahi.mukherjee@gmail.com

Facebook page of Seema Wahi Mukherjee 

 

 

6

Sonia Bareja Punhani.  Pied Piper Sonia.

Sonia Bareja Punhani, fondly known as Pied Piper Sonia in the storytelling world, is an incisive professional with 20 years of varied experience as an Entrepreneur, Educator, Storyteller, Wellness and Personality Development Coach and Mentor, and Sales and Marketing Professional.

     Sonia has been involved in harnessing and developing creativity in corporates, professionals, young adults, and children.  She has earned a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).  Peers, mentors, and her audience members often vouch for Sonia’s versatility, enthusiasm, and undying passion and commitment.  She’s a firm believer in "Learning by Doing" and practices the policy of "Success via Constant Motivation."  She is a creative Demonstrator cum Educator.

     Sonia's storytelling career spans over the past 9 years.  She has been a Professional Storyteller since 2012.  She started with Corporate Storytelling.  From the early days, her sessions featured Activity-based Storytelling.  She also conducted sessions on Sexuality and Wellness in schools.  Ever since she has been conducting performance-based storytelling across schools, colleges, and festivals.  Sonia clocked-in with over 300 sessions in a span of twenty-four months in 2018 and 2019.

     Sonia's strengths are around communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.  She has often been appreciated for strong voice throw, voice modulation, and clear narration.  She also brings poetry, singing, and music into her Storytelling Sessions.

     Some of the sessions Sonia often leads are:

1) Performance Storytelling Sessions for children, teachers, and parents.

2) Workshops on Storytelling in schools, colleges, and universities.

3) Workshops on Sexual Health, Child Safety, Peer Pressure, and Bullying.

4) Storytelling Sessions in Festivals for children, teachers, and parents.

5) Theatrics and Communication Workshops for children.

6) Wellness Workshops in corporatations and schools.

7) Train the Trainer Program for teachers and parents.

8) Workshops on and for specially-abled children.

     Sonia conducts cutomised workshops relating to the above-mentioned topics -- including for underprivileged children, and children in orphanages.

     She firmly believes that “Telling stories is the most fundamental way of communication.  Stories have power.  It does not matter who the audience members are -- if one is a good storyteller, he or she can surely help to bring about the desired change in the audience members."

     A photo of Pied Piper Sonia is here.

Contact Info:

98116 67850

soniabareja76@gmail.com

Facebook -- Pied Piper Sonia.

Facebook -- Sonia Bareja Punhani.

Linked In -- Sonia Bareja Punhani.

Instagram -- @soniathepiedpiper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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