Indian Storytelling Network
New Delhi and Gurgaon
Storytellers (and other Story Experts)
1) Anuradha Batra.
4) Preetika Sachar.
5) Rituparna Ghosh.
7) Shivani Kanodia.
Anuradha agrees 100 percent with Ira Glass when he says, "Great stories happen to those who can tell them." After all, we all have a story to tell, some of us just struggle to tell it in a way that it becomes memorable.
Anuradha has earned an M.B.A. in Human Resources, an M.A. in English, and a B.Ed., all from Panjab University. She is a Trainer, Coach, Storyteller, and HR professional.
She believes that stories are the strongest medium to convey and understand anything in this world. She comes from a background of corporate training, and theatre. Her performances are filled with drama and enchant her audiences. She uses her skills to perform, and to conduct workshops, for people of all ages.
Anuradha has picked up many skills along the way, but most importantly, she has learned, and is still learning, how to learn, and how to help others to learn.
As an independent Storyteller and Soft Skills Trainer, she designs and develops learning solutions that motivate people and help them perform at their best. She has worked in areas such as employee relations, behavioural training, and performance management, with companies and educational institutions. She has utilised behavioural training, leadership development, group process-based work, and consulting solutions with Drama Intervention consultants.
She is fluent in English, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Two Training Programs Anuradha offers are the "Art of Storytelling", and the "Power of Storytelling".
A photo of Anuradha is here.
Neeraj, also known as Archarya Neeraj.
The “acharya” comes from the root “char” or “charya” (conduct). For him it factually connotes “one who teaches by conduct “, i.e. an exemplar
Neeraj is a motivational speaker, Physical theater practitioner, storyteller, Butoh Dancer, different Yogic & Meditative, Martial Arts Techniques Practitioner.
He studies and applies philosophical and spiritual traditions 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 Facilitator 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, Butoh, Akido, Expressive Art, Story Therapy, DOGa Yoga, 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, Elle, The Hindustan Times, DNA, Times of India, Indian Express, and News Nation.
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.
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 & Experienced Voice over artist, Face Yoga, Face Pilates, Tai Chi & Voicing Practitioner. She has facilitated, Lead and performed at Retreats, workshops, conferences, and courses all around India. In addition, she is a well-received music curator, Tisane Master, specialist in the new dance movement for Physical Storytelling, Emotional Freedom Technique and Meditational Dance 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 Tai Chi, Nada Yoga, and Yoga Mudra. 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.
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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.
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
Facebook page of Your Story Bag
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.
Facebook page of Seema Wahi Mukherjee
Shivani believes that stories exist all around us, from deep inside an ocean to high in the sky. With a PhD in biotechnology, the storyline demanded that she pursue a career in science but what fun is a story without a twist? Her passion for books, and the decreasing interest in reading amongst young people which she noticed during her Fulbright Fellowship in the USA, prompted her to start a kids book meet. To give wings to her dreams and follow her passion, she founded Aryah Inspires LLP, an organization which aims to nurture the story-lovers within individuals.
As a professional storyteller, consultant, and trainer Shivani is committed to "Storify the Nation' by empowering people to harness the power of storytelling to initiate dialogues and create conversations. Aryah Inspires specializes in curating literature festivals, book weeks, and day-long events around books, stories, and literature for schools, corporates, and communities.
Since its inception in 2017, Aryah Inspires has conducted 230 workshops and other sessions with more than 18,000 participants. Shivani has worked with organizations such as
1) Pratham books (storytelling sessions),
2) Katha India (creative writing workshops for Katha Utsav 2018 and 2019),
3) Oxford University Press India (teacher trainings and sessions), 4) Jaipur Literature Festival for outreach program (2018, 2019 and 2020), and
5) The Hindu group to facilitate STEP summer program.
Shivani has done story narration in collaboration with BookyBoo and UNICEF Maharashtra to raise awareness regarding the Pandemic, reaching more than 20,000 young people.
Currently she is working as a Storytelling Consultant for a couple of schools in Delhi/NCR and Haryana to create audio recordings of stories for children, and to transform the learning through story pedagogy via teacher training sessions for students and parents. Shivani is also the founding member of Delhi Storytellers' Tribe.
1) Story Paradise.
Storytelling sessions for young people in various formats such as read aloud, oral performance, and storytelling using puppets and props. We also have modules for adults.
2) Sound of Stories for Children.
A storytelling, creative expressions, and writing workshop designed to hone the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills amongst students -- making them friends with books and literature.
3) Scribble Express.
A creative writing and expressions program which enables fearless creativity, imaginative thinking, and curiousity.
4) "Out of the Story Maze" for teachers, parents, and others.
A flagship programme of Aryah Inspires to train individuals in the art of storytelling. It has two levels: one for beginners, and one practicing storytellers. There are general and customised formats for this module, based on the requirements for classrooms, parents, and corporates.
5) Let's Storify Subjects.
A workshop for educators, assisting them to integrate stories with the curriculum in subject-specific classrooms.
6) StoryArts Gala.
A specially curated event for any age group, in which we create an exclusive experience of weaving stories.
A photo of Shivani is here.