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The team of HSPA led by Sarita after their first successful event in Mumbai, are now bringing special stories from the soil of Karnataka to Bengaluru. They believe that this project is essential in these times to bring forth inspiring stories of courage, valour and sacrifice by our freedom fighters, to instil a sense of pride in all across age group, to value the freedom we enjoy as citizens of India, to motivate the next generation to apply learnings from our history to our present and to strengthen our connection to the diverse history of our country.
Geeta Ramanujam wears many hats. Besides being an internationally renowned Storyteller Geeta is a Master Trainer, Educator Academician, Author and Administrator. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Kathalaya Trust established in 1998 which is the culmination of her vision and wisdom.
Geeta Ramanujam is an Ashoka fellow and has widely travelled to over 43 countries and the 27 states in India to establish Storytelling as a tool of learning and has set up over 20 centres in India, Ireland and Latin America. Geeta has also performed and trained people at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, UK, Norway, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, Austria, Greece, Istanbul, Thailand, Japan, Sweden, Poland, USA, Brazil to name a few.
Sneha Kappanna belongs to a genre of creative minds bridging the nuances of theatre and dance. Sneha is a celebrated dance choreographer, bharathanatya teacher, actor, storyteller, researcher and folkdance exponent. She is the founder director and choreographer of ‘Bhramari Dance Repertoire’ the acclaimed dance company started in 2002 has completed over 600 shows across the globe. She is executive director of ‘Kappanna Angala’ an intimate auditorium in Bengaluru and also the co-founder of ‘Katha corner’ popular storytelling and children’s theatre platform. Sneha is known for pioneering work in folk dance as she was one of the first woman to learn several folk dances reserved for men 25 years ago. She is now credited as a revivalist for researching, documenting, training and performing several dying folk dances of Karnataka.
Ramya has a post-graduation degree in Psychology. She has over 14 years of experience as an HR person in the corporate sector. She has been a professional storyteller for the past 10 years. She is the founder of the Indian Kamishibai Association (traditional Japanese Street storytelling format) , the co-founder of Katha Corner an experiential learning program for children, a member of Storytelling Association of California (SAC), and a board member of Youth Educators and Storytellers (YES), USA. She is associated with Scholastic India Ltd, Bangalore as a storyteller and is also a member of Bangalore Storytelling Society (BSS).
Seema Karanth is a professionally trained story teller from Bengaluru and is a regular performer at various centres be it Libraries, Book stores, Activity centres, Schools, Colleges, Story festivals, Reading clubs, Service Clubs, Centres for health and wellness, Employee Engagement programmes, etc. She started her storytelling career by holding Storytelling sessions and workshops for children through a local Library and then spread her wings to various other centres in Bangalore and beyond. She now runs her own online book clubs on a weekly basis.
She also holds workshops/sessions at colleges and in the corporate field using the art of storytelling as a tool for motivation or training. Over the years, Seema has performed for storytelling carnivals and events held by institutions like Azim Premji Foundation, M S Ramaiah College of Engineering, BMS College of Architecture, Corporates like Ola Cabs, Starmarks Software, Bristlecone, etc to name a few.
Tarini Chandrashekhar is a former data-scientist turned full-time writer-comedian-lyricist storyteller and educator. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, and takes writing, storytelling, poetry, public speaking workshops, and runs AlakhNiranjan – an oral storytelling initiative to revive the medium of Kathavachan. She is playing the role of lyricist-researcher for AmolVani2.0, aimed at bringing back songs of festivals along with their Vedic history. Her brand is a confluence of humour, research, language and storytelling.
First Drop Theatre
First Drop Theatre is a Bangalore based Applied Theatre Company, founded by Radhika Jain and Bejoy Balagopal, that uses the powerful tools and techniques of Applied Theatre (Playback Theatre, Theatre Of The Oppressed), Applied Improvisation, and Expressive Arts, to engage with individuals, groups, communities and organizations. We endeavour to use these engagements to build a world of creativity, empathy, sharing and sensitivity, with each person playing to their true potential.
Sarita Nair adorns various hats; that of a Performance Artist, Curator and Facilitator. She is the founder of Heritage Stories & Performing Arts (HSPA) an initiative to celebrate, share & transfer knowledge on heritage & history, through stories & performing arts. Itihaas ke pannon se, a live storytelling avenue is her tribute to our freedom fighters, where she shares stories of unsung heroes who sacrificed their lives to gain India her freedom. She believes that these inspirational stories, embedded within the Indian freedom struggle can change how we perceive our lives and allow us to expand our horizons.
Aparna Jaishankar, an MSW Gold Medallist from Bharathiar University and a PG Diploma holder in Comparative Mythology from the University of Mumbai, is a Professional Storyteller. History, Languages, Ethics and Perspectives are some of the topics covered in her modules for modern day educators and learners of varied ability and age groups. An avid Indic Mythology enthusiast, Aparna is enamoured by the imagery in these stories and strives to bring them in her performances as just that – stories that are ripe to interpretation.