The House of stories - 20 years of Celebration.
Once upon a time on a rainy day in 1998, three teachers met under a Banyan tree to discuss Storytelling and its impact on learning in society and schools........Well that’s how it all began. They founded Kathalaya which meant a HOUSE OF STORIES.
Today, Kathalaya is Bangalore's most popular house of Stories that trains and encourages people in the Art of Storytelling. We offer certified courses in storytelling with an excellent teaching faculty. Storytelling is not only an art, but it is also a means of communication, of expressing ideas, of illustrating points. It can be said that the majority of information we receive from others, whether through verbal communication or text, is transmitted as a story.
Once of upon a time In 1998, Ms. Geeta Ramanujam who had been a teacher and librarian at many schools since 1982 began to ponder about:
How to make concepts in education more interesting?
How to cultivate reading habits in children?
How to get a child interested and riveted to his seat?
The answer she found was “STORY TELLING” – To bridge the gaps between the “Teacher and Taught” which gave birth to KATHALAYA TRUST-The House of Stories, Bangalore India.
From 1998 to 2019: Nearly 20 years after its inception, Kathalaya has grown into a huge tree providing shade for storytellers, teachers, corporate and professionals from around the World. It has now bloomed into An International Academy of Storytelling which has trained over 85000 people and has spread its roots to over 23 countries across the World.
“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.