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About Kathalaya

From The Seed To The Tree....

What began as an organization which was child-centric has now grown INTO AN ACADEMY OF STORYTELLING.

A TRAINING TREE – more adult-centric, having trained over 85,000 practitioners from varied walks of life to become storytellers.

Students, theatre artists, film makers, advertisers, journalists, software professionals, government employees, parliamentarians, doctors, trainers, Chartered Accountants, bankers, parents, grandparents, teachers, academicians, researchers, lawyers, and an army of international participants from across the world have all been part of the transformational journey.

We are today the coordinators of The International Storytelling Network [RIC] and The Indian Storytelling Network.

A founder's musings 

“I always enjoyed listening, exploring, and travelling... Sending little boats down the rivers silently, watching the journey of that boat drift along with the wind and touch the shores now and then. While listening to the silence of life and nature, I also heard several bird calls and the rustle of leaves play music to the silence. Today I continue sailing the sea of Storytelling: exploring new lands, new ideas, connecting with people across the world, exchanging stories, and diving deep into the waters of STORYTELLING .

I have been doing just that for the last 38 years of my life as a teacher, educator, trainer, and Storyteller.

Geeta Ramanujam

About the founder

Geeta Ramanujam, besides being an internationally renowned storyteller, is an educator, academician, and administrator. She is the Executive Director of Kathalaya Trust which is the culmination of her vision and wisdom. Geeta uses storytelling as an effective educational and cultural tool in many leading educational institutions in India and abroad.
Geeta Ramanujam is an Ashoka Fellow. She has also eestablished and founded the Academy of Storytelling; the only globally recognized Academy for Storytelling in the World. She has had performances of storytelling at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, UK, International festival at Brazil, Storywood festival at Sweden, World Tales festival Poland, the International Storytelling Centre USA and many other festivals. She is also the Indian Coordinator for the International Storytelling Network – RIC, besides being the Indian coordinator of the Indian Storytelling Network.
Geeta uses storytelling as an effective educational and cultural tool in training for parents, teachers, NGOs and the corporate sector, both in India and abroad. Over 80,000 people have undergone her training programs. 

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Our Affiliations

  • International Storytelling Center – Jonesborough, TN, USA.
  • University of Skovde, Sweden
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh,Scotland.

On the board of

Geeta Ramanujam on the board of

  • Mahatma Montessori school, Madurai
  • Cambridge Public school, Bangalore
  • White Clouds Public school, Tiruppur
  • Seiba International Storytelling Center, Istanbul

Awards Received

  • Ashoka Fellowship, 2000-2003
  • Karnataka Women and Child Welfare Award, 2002
  • Namma Bengaluru Award, 2012
  • Local Kalasha and Rotary Awards
  • Bangalore Hero Award, 2014
  •  Bangalore 94.3 Award, 2015
  • Bangalore Citizen Award – Namma Bengaluru, 2016
  • International Storytellers Award at the BoCA Deu Festival, Brazil, 2016
  • Heroes of Bengaluru award 2018