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Indian Storytelling Network




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

1) Anupa Mehta.

2) Dhara Kothari.

3) Lopamudra Mohanty.

4) Neeraj.

5) Neha.

6) Nidhi Bagaria.
7) Nilum Jajodia.

8) Preeti Bapat.

9) Rinti Sengupta.

10) Samvedna Amitabh.
11) Sapna Chheda.
12) Usha Venkatraman.

Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai.





Anupa Mehta.

Anupa has been trained in storytelling with an emphasis on cross-cultural psychology by the Jungian writer and storyteller, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and Kathalaya (Bangalore).

     She has studied Literature, Journalism, Arts Management, and Psychological Counselling.

     She has published a book of short stories, Unseasonal Rain, and a novel, The Waiting Room.

     Anupa is certified in Counselling Protocol by Spring Counselling (Mumbai), and in Narrative Therapy by Ummeed (Mumbai).

     She is currently enrolled in a Masters program in Narrative Therapy which is offered by the Dulwich Centre (Adelaide, Austrailia) through the University of Melbourne.

     Anupa offers Workshops and Personal Coaching in "Self Transformation through Personal Storytelling."  Drawing from methods of Counselling Psychology (including Narrative Therapy), as well as from Sufi and other healing traditions, Anupa has developed a series of Workshops and Individual Coaching modules.  These Workshops can also assist in conflict resolution and team building within families, groups, and organisations.​

Contact info:

98923 31257



Dhara Kothari

Dhara is a Storyteller, Writer, and Spiritualist.  She tells all kinds of stories -- including folk tales, audience-participation stories, inspirational stories, stories about working in corporations, and spiritual stories -- for children and adults.  Stories can be created, told, and shared through poetry, puppets, games, drawings, paintings, photos, and so on; suiting all occasions and age groups.  Dhara organises storytelling events, and facilitates the Katha Kosa Story Club (please see Ongoing Activities).

Contact info:
98200 10335




Lopamudra Mohanty.

Lopamudra is the Founder of Big Buddy World.

     She has studied Rural Management at Xavier’s Institute of Management, has studied Storytelling at Kathalaya (Bangalore), and is a certified Phonics trainer.  She is presently the Academic Support Consultant for Trinity College, London (India Office); and is on the Board of Advisors of the Bookwallah Organization.  She is an ex-banker, and has been a teacher in the Delhi Public School Group.

     Lopamudra has developed a Reading Program for children (3 to 7 years old) which integrates Storytelling with literacy skills.  This Program has been highly appreciated by parents and is quite effective in developing childrens' reading proficiencies. 

     She is a theatre professional, an Odissi dancer, and a marathon runner.  She is an author of a children’s book on Phonic sounds, AEIOU Sounds.  She loves working with children.

     Lopamudra conducts Story sessions for children in schools, and conducts Storytelling workshops for teachers and parents.  She also conducts Story sessions at literary events.  She creates spaces for Personal Storytelling.

     She also has been acting in theatre pieces written and directed by Zubin Driver.  She is the core member of Mumbai Storytellers Society.

Contact info:

73033 03000

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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

DElotus on Youtube




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

DElotus on Youtube




Nidhi Bagaria.

Nidhi is a Storyteller and and Early Childhood Educator.  She has founded The Creative World, a storytelling and drama program for children. 

     Nidhi has been in the field of education for over fifteen years.  She has observed first-hand the benefits of stories on children.  She believes stories are a universal way to connect and can be told anywhere.  They help cross barriers of culture and language.  In the day and age of technology, storytelling helps bring a personal touch to communication with one's audience members.

     Nidhi has been conducting workshops with leading bookstores in Mumbai for over a decade.  She works with various NGOs, using stories to enhance language development and better expression of ideas.  She has participated in community events like "Happy Streets", in which she narrated stories on the streets of Mumbai.  She has performed and conducted workshops in festivals such as the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai), and the Lulu Readers Fest (Kochi, Kerala).

     Nidhi is passionate about storytelling.  She enjoys working with children, but believes stories can have a positive impact with both children and adults.  Her style is interactive with props, songs, and movement.  She uses a combination of stories and art-and-craft in her workshops, in which she narrates all types of stories, including myths and folktales (such as animal fables and fairytales) -- and coaches workshop participants to do the same. 

     Nidhi conducts storytelling workshops for children and is also a teacher-trainer -- she has conducted workshops for teachers in various schools as well as balwadis.  She is based in Mumbai and works all over India.

Contact info:

98922 19417



Nilum Jajodia.
Nilum is an Early Childhood Educator and a trained Storyteller (Storytelling Diploma holder from The Academy of Storytelling – Kathalaya, Bangalore).  She tells stories to child and adult groups, including special groups like mentally-challenged adults.  She performs in schools and book stores, and for NGOs and other organisations.  She also conducts Storytelling Workshops with these groups.  Nilum keeps her audiences enraptured through the use of voice modulation and body language.  Besides this, she connects well with her audiences through the use of games and interactive stories.  She views storytelling as a means of teaching life skills; and of helping people to improve their thinking and speaking-and-listening skills, and language and communication skills in general.  She enjoys telling inspirational stories, as well as folk tales, legends and mythological stories from India and around the world, and is always looking for new ways of telling so as to keep audience interest.

       Nilum leads a Kathalaya Story Space in Mumbai..
Contact info:

80979 58410

Storyspace is a Kathalaya undertaking around the world.




Preeti Bapat.

Preeti earned a Masters in "Human Resources", and a Diploma in "Training and Development" from the Indian Society of Training and Development, New Delhi.  She worked for some years in the Corporate World.  However, she had little interest in routinely spending hours facilitating regular training programs and maintaining training records, neck-deep in excel spreadsheets almost every day.

     Even with this monotone schedule, the creative juices would automatically flow if she was challenged to develop activities around training workshops or writing small instant caselets. 

     Gradually, the quest for learning nuances of Storytelling grew multifold, as Preeti began to realise that for any successful training or learning experience, a storyboard and the keyword “CONNECT” is pivotal.

     She learned about Kathalaya, and enrolled for the beginner’s course in 2015.  The world of stories was a perfect environment for her, and this was the start of a new beginning in Preeti's professional life.

     Currently, Preeti is continuing her Storytelling training with Kathalaya, and leads a Kathalaya Storyspace in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.  She cherishes creating new stories and tweaking existing ones.  Preeti's first published article, “The Gift of Storytelling” (6mb, pdf), appeared in the Nov 2017 issue of Life Positive magazine.  She feels immense pleasure in calling her profession as "Storyteller" and is evolving more with it each day!

     Storytelling-related Services:


A) Storytelling Workshops for Children (3-14 years).

1) Group 1 (3 - 6.5 years): Stories with Art and Craft.

2) Group 2 (6.5 - 8 years): Stories with Art and Craft; and Story prompts to invoke thoughts and help the children create their own stories (using story cards)

3) Group 3 (8.5 - 14 years): Stories with Art and Craft; and Writing prompts for creative writing (one liner and story cubes).  Also showing ways Mind Maps and memory techniques can be used for easy recall (for academic study).


B) Workshops for Pre-school Teachers:

Basics of Storytelling: 6 hour workshop.

- Selecting stories.

- Establishing connect with the pre-schoolers.


Contact info:

98190 88071


Storyspace is a Kathalaya undertaking around the world.




Rinti Sengupta.

Rinti is a graphic artist by profession.  She later found her passion in storytelling amongst her ideal audience, children.  She is a certified Puppeteer from Kalsootri, and a Storyteller trained by Small Tales.  She has also been trained in Phonics by TESOL and has earned a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.  She has been teaching pre-primary and primary classes for over 12 years, and has been a content developer for lesson plans and syllabuses.

     In her own unique style, Rinti narrates stories using guitar, ukulele, djembe, and numerous other musical instruments. She is passionate about creating her own puppets and muppets, which she uses extensively in her storytelling sessions.  She loves to  narrate the tales of Ramayana, using traditional shadow puppets made from leather.

     Rinti conducts storytelling sessions with related activities, and puppet-making workshops, in schools, clubs, NGO’s and at her own space known as Hands'n'stories.  She also conducts customized teacher-training workshops for pre-primary and primary teachers.

A photo of Rinti with puppets and children is here.

Contact info:

99207 80618

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Instagram page.




Samvedna Amitabh.

Samvedna is the founder of Kahaanipur, which offers storytelling performances and training.  She is a storyteller; a writer of poetry, short stories, and drama; a journalist; and a trainer in all of these fields. She has worked as a journalist for some of India's leading Hindi and English newspapers, and for a Hindi television channel.  In 2007, she published a book of poems, Ladkiyaan jo pul hoti hain, which received the "Vaageeshwari Samman" award from the Madhya Pradesh government.  At present, she is writing a story for teenagers.  The story is designed to help the teenagers handle their years of adolescence.  She is also writing lyrics for a nomadic play in Hindi.  This play is scheduled to be staged soon in Ahmedabad and elsewhere.

     Samvedna has done storytelling for preschoolers, for children at activity centres, for families, and for seniors at old-age homes.  With an NGO in Mumbai, she tells stories to underprivileged children, and writes scripts for the children's performances.

     It was while swimming in the middle waters of her life that she discovered storytelling, as a serious professional activity.  A performer in her had always been an undercurrent of her personality.  Storytelling helped her to vent out all that had been lying latent for long.

     Samvedna does storytelling mainly in Hindi and Urdu, and also interacts with audience members in English.  In her storytelling work, she seeks to address some of the most sensitive issues in the contemporary urban world.  Her work is dedicated to promoting gender and social equality, to respecting the creative process in people, and finally to helping to facilitate communal harmony and world peace.

     Creativity, improvisation, and innovation are trademarks of Samvedna's storytelling style.  She does storytelling with music as well.  Her years of work as a journalist contribute to her analytical way of thinking and leading interactive discussions after stories are told.  She offers storytelling performances and training for all age-groups, from toddlers to seniors.  She is happy to customize workshops.

Contact info:

98201 24082


Sapna Chheda.
Sapna is passionate about storytelling!  Sapna specialises in storytelling for children.  She tells stories in various unique and innovative styles.  Her storytelling sessions includes the use of puppets, worksheets, and arts and crafts.  Sapna also conducts storytelling classes for children, throughout the year.  In these classes, the focus is on developing a child's confidence to tell and discuss stories, increasing vocabulary, teaching moral values, and enhancing imagination and listening skills, while also having fun. 
Contact Info:
98203 84049

Usha Venkatraman.
Usha is the founder of Puppet Wonders.  Her storytelling and puppetry performances are filled with drama, music, movement and singing.  She provides value-based education through this art.  She especially seeks to educate and entertain young people, but her performances often keep people of all ages spellbound.  Usha’s background is in education and the performing arts.  She tells Indian folktales and mythology, folktales from around the world, and true-life incidents.  She has performed at schools, cultural associations, social clubs, museums, book stores, NGOs, children’s wings of hospitals, the Kala Ghoda Festival, International Storytelling Festivals in India and Sweden, and for Doordarshan TV; and is a member of the International Storytelling Network.  Usha conducts storytelling and puppetry workshops -- for teachers and students -- at schools, NGOs, etc.
Contact info:
98201 79303 







Ongoing Storytelling Activities in Mumbai --





Katha Kosa Story Club, facilitated by Dhara Kothari .

Storytelling primarily by and for adults. 


Katha Kosa tends to meet at least once per month.  For this month's meeting day, time, and place, please click here and/or contact Dhara.

Katha Kosa aims at reviving the art of storytelling for all age groups, and at maintaining the oral tradition of passing on culture, tradition and history through stories.  And also to encourage creative thinking amongst the people.  To create new contemporary stories and to learn from the previous ones.  Each one has stories to tell and share.  Each one is always anxious to hear and understand other stories too.  Let us then pass on stories, old and new to one and all. 


We tell all kinds of stories, including folk tales, audience-participation stories, inspirational stories, stories about working in corporations, and spiritual stories; for children and adults.  Stories can be created, told, and shared through poetry, puppets, games, drawings and paintings, photos, acting, songs and so on.  Suiting all occasions and age groups. 


Come forward and join us to create storytelling skits, plays, shows and events.  If you belong to a company, institution, or any other kind of organization, please call us for unique entertainment programs, including comedy acts.





Kathalaya (directed by Geeta Ramanujam) is developing three Story Spaces in Mumbai:


1) Mid-Mumbai.

Contact: Nilum Jajodia. 


2) Katha Kutir, Mulund, Mumbai.

Contact: Anupama Mohan, , +91 98207 90382.


3) Kathamrut, Mumbai.

Contact: Asmita Sarwade, , +91 97696


For info about the Story Space project in general, please click here and call 080 2668 9856.