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To pause, stop and reflect makes a whole lot of difference. From its roots in the oral tradition to its survival in the digital revolution, storytelling has adapted and withstood the challenges of time.
Kathalaya’s storytelling journey has created a revolution and revival of the storytelling movement in India. Authors, illustrators and trainers have traveled this path in their own unique ways. Individually or collectively, it has paved the path and direction of the storytelling movement in India.
Four eminent speakers – Geeta Ramanujam, storyteller and Kathalaya’s founder and Director; Roopa Pai, author; Ameen Haque, corporate trainer and storyteller; and Savio Mascrenhas, illustrator, author and storyteller will share their insights, thoughts and experiences on the movement of storytelling and its impact in India.
Krishna G, a storyteller from Kathalaya, will be the moderator for the session which will be followed by a storytelling performance at the end.
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Geeta Ramanujam is an internationally renowned storyteller, trainer, educator, author and academician who wears many hats. She is a three times TED X speaker, Ashoka fellow and a pioneer of the storytelling movement in India.
Geeta is the Founder-Director of Kathalaya’s International Academy Of Storytelling – the only globally recognised academy of storytelling in the world with accreditations to USA, Scotland and Sweden.
Roopa Pai is a computer engineer-turned-author who has written over 30 books. Her best-known books include the 8-part Taranauts, India’s first fantasy-adventure series for children in English, Ready! 99 Must-Have Skills For The World-Conquering Teenager (And Almost-Teenager), the award-winning national bestseller The Gita For Children, listed by Amazon India as one of ‘100 Indian Books To Read In A Lifetime’, and its ‘prequel’ The Vedas & Upanishads For Children. Her most recent book is The Yoga Sutras for Children.
Roopa is also a popular speaker – she has spoken at a variety of corporate forums, premier literary events like the Jaipur Literature Festival, international cultural organisations like the Asia Society in New York (at the invitation of the Consul General of India), and international Gita conferences. Her TEDx talk Decoding The Gita, India’s Book Of Answers has received over 2 million views to date. Among her books for adults are Indian fitness evangelist and supermodel Milind Soman’s award-winning memoir, Made In India, and Cubbon Park: The Green Heart of Bengaluru, the first-ever history of her city’s iconic 152-year-old park. She writes a fortnightly column on Bangalore for the Hindustan Times, and has also translated 100 poems of the celebrated Kannada poet, Padma Shri K S Nisar Ahmed, into English.
When she is not writing, Roopa leads groups of children and young people on history and heritage walks across her beloved Bangalore and Karnataka, as part of her job as director of a company she co-founded, BangaloreWalks (www.bangalorewalks.com).
Ameen Haque is the founder of Storywallahs and believes good stories happen to those who can tell them. He considers himself a story monk i.e. both a student as well as a practitioner and teacher of storytelling.
CEO’s, change makers and business leaders from across the world have turned to him for help with their stories. He has studied business administration and followed that up with a course in advertising & media planning from MICA.
Formerly a Vice President at Ogilvy & Mather, Ameen has over 20 years of experience in advertising, marketing, consulting and theatre. His work is deeply influenced by his experiences in communications, both as a marketer and as an actor. He learned storytelling while creating campaigns for some of the biggest brands, helping start-up founders raise funds and while telling stories to those with the lowest attention spans – children. When not studying or teaching storytelling, he loves climbing hills and playing table tennis.
Savio Mascarenhas is the art director at Tinkle. He has completed 25 years with Tinkle and has been illustrating iconic comic characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu since 1998. With no formal training, Mascarenhas started his career as a freelance illustrator.
Unaccustomed to the technicalities of being an illustrator, he got a lot of encouragement from Anand Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, the founder of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle, and Reena Puri, the then-editor of Tinkle. They advised him to start drawing comics. Later, he decided to give it a shot and from there, he learnt different aspects of illustration. Mascarenhas officially joined Amar Chitra Katha on January 2, 1994, a job offer he calls a ‘New Year gift’ from Uncle Pai.
Krishna has worked in sales delivery, sales training and consultancy over the past 25 years. He is now a partner at Growth Aspire. Before Growth Aspire, Krishna was the lead consultant at Mercuri India and he has helped companies transition from just product or service selling to solution selling, value selling. He has led successful sales intervention programs across multiple industries including Retail, Luxury Real Estate, Education, Capital Goods, FMCG, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals etc.
Krishna is a prolific speaker and has influenced thousands of professionals across India to rethink their way of selling and customer approach. A certified Storyteller from Kathalaya, he is also a consultant with them.