Eric Miller, PhD,
98403 94282 , 044 4208 0890
Upcoming Events (March 2014 onward)
Storytelling at a Cafe Coffee Day!
Storytelling by and for Adults.
When: Monday 17 March
2014, at 6pm.
Topic of the day:
"Real-life Adventure Stories".
Format: Three featured
Storytellers would tell, and then any other attendees would be invited to
tell (ten-minute time-limit).
Where: Cafe Coffee Day
Square, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai.
Event Admission: Rs 200
(includes coffee or tea).
Info is here.
Storytelling Workshop for Adults.
Could be arranged any
time. The next 7-session Workshop
would begin on Sun 22 June 2014.
Nungambakkam High Road.
Info is here.
Storytelling Training via Videoconference. (Skype, Google+, Apple Face-time, etc.) For individuals and groups of all ages and
professions. Info is here.
Ongoing Storytelling Activities in
Performances and Classes.
Please click here.
Storytelling Workshop for Adults
This Storytelling Workshop is designed especially for Parents, Teachers,
Screen Writers, Human Resource Trainers, and People interested in becoming
Near Nungambakkam High Road.
Days and Times:
Could be arranged any time. The next
7-session Workshop would begin in June 2014.
For additional info, please click here, and call 98403
Storytelling Workshops for Children
Performances and Workshops for children are being conducted regularly by
numerous members of the Chennai Storytelling Association, in various parts of
Chennai. For details, please e-mail or
Description of Workshops for Children conducted by Dr Eric Miller:
The children listen to
stories, discuss the stories, and tell stories. They also do activities (such as drawing).
Storytelling is a form
of Public Speaking that may also include some Acting. The children
would be coached to form and tell Fairytales,
Animal Fables, Episodes of Epics, True-Life Stories, and Made-Up Stories.
Participants could develop their Communication Skills, Creativity, Logic,
and Compassion for others.
Most of all, this Storytelling
Workshop is designed to help the participants to become increasingly
aware of, and to be able to articulate,
their thoughts and feelings.
A storytelling-for-children performance by Dr Eric Miller is reviewed here. An article about his storytelling work with
children is here.
A report written by two teenage Storytelling-Instructor Trainees regarding
the April 2013 Storytelling Summer Camp for Children (ages 6-years-and-above)
they attended is here.
Topics in Storytelling Workshops (for Children and Adults) include:
Story Content --
Types of Stories. Finding and Creating Stories.
Elements of Stories.
Symbols in Stories.
Story and Place. Story and Community.
Story and the Past. Story and the Future.
Story and Personality Development.
Story Performance --
Breathing/Singing/Moving and Storytelling.
Styles of Speaking in Storytelling.
Acting-out Characters (Role-playing).
Audience-Participation in Storytelling.
Ways of Coaching Storytelling.
Storytelling accompanied by Illustrations, Puppets, and Props.
In these Workshops, participants explore and tell
1) Traditional stories (folktales, epics, legends, myths, etc);
2) Experiences from everyday life; and
3) Original creative stories.
Additional Storytelling Workshops
Workshop for People in the Business World"
Workshop for Teachers"
for Parents and Children Together"
Storytelling, and Coaching Your Storytelling"
for Screenplay Writers" (and Others in the Fields of Stage and Screen).
Storytelling Workshops can be custom-made for 1) teachers, 2) parents,
3) parents and children together (Family Storytelling Workshops), and 4)
members of communities or organisations. These Workshops can include
video recording and playback for study purposes.
7-9 Feb 2014
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014,
as a Healing Art).
The Poster is here.
Additional info is here.
Photos are here.
Links to recordings of
webcasts of Workshops (some featuring videoconferences) are here.
An article in The Hindu is here.
6 Jan 2014
Videoconference on Storytelling and Healing.
Info about, and a link
to a recoding of, this videoconference is here.
16 Dec 2013
Personal-experience Storytelling by and for
At Café Coffee Day
Square Chennai. Topic: "The best
gift I ever gave or received".
18 Nov 2013
Personal-experience Storytelling by and for
At Café Coffee Day
Square Chennai. Topic: "The day I became
human". Photos of the event are here.
An article about the event is here.
4 Oct 2013
Videoconference between 11th Standard students in Chennai, and in Burlington,
Wisconsin, USA. The students discussed
their identities in terms of their uses of language, etc. A link to a recording of the
videoconference, and additional info about the event, are here.
28 Sept 2013
Kaani Tribal Storytelling Festival,
Culture, and Nature.
Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. The
Poster is here. Additional info is here. A Kaani folk tale is here. Links to photos of Kaani people, etc, are here. Ideas regarding developing tribal cultures
are here. An article on the Festival is here. Festival photos coming soon.
20 Sept 2013
WSI Director Dr Eric
delivered the Inaugural Address at the 3rd International Meeting of the
Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Nagercoil. The text of the Address, titled "The
Value of the Multi-Discipline Approach to Research", is here.
Storytelling about Beach and Ocean Eco-Systems.
At numerous locations in
Chennai. The poster is here. Additional info is here.
15-26 April 2013
A report written by two
teenage Storytelling-Instructor Trainees regarding the April 2013 WSI
Storytelling Summer Camp for Children (ages 6-years-and-above) they attended
13-15 April 2013
Three-Day Workshop for Adults in
and Healing, also
Uses of Storytelling.
Presented by the WSI and the East-West Center
for Counselling. Especially
for people who work in NGOs and in fields involving caring for people and
helping them to grow and heal. Some
introductory words about Storytelling Therapy are here,
and additional information about the Workshop is here.
8 March 2013
WSI Director Dr Eric
co-presented a paper entitled, "Tribal
Peoples as Leaders of Society in a Future in which Fossil Fuels might be
Scarce, with Special Reference to the Kani Tribal People of South India",
at the National Conference on "Tribal Literature: Across Continents and
Cultures", at V. O. Chidambaram College, in Thoothukudi, Tamil
Nadu. The Handout is here.
1-3 Feb 2013
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2013 --
Learning about Storytelling.
Here is the Poster
Here is the Brochure.
Here is the
Announcement (with photo).
Here are additional
Here is info about the
Storytelling Performance on Fri 1 Feb, at 5:30pm.
Here is info about
the Post-Festival Field-trip to Thanjavur.
Articles on the Festival:
1) "The Tale Trail", Indian Express.
2) "Nurturing the Art of Spinning a Yarn", The Hindu.
3) "Pictures in Your Mind", Deccan Chronicle.
4) "How to Spin a Yarn", Deccan Chronicle.
5) "Telling Tales", Indian Express.
Articles on the Post-Festival Field-trip to Thanjavur:
Tales", The Hindu.
Tales, Made in Chennai", Indian Express.
3) "Is Indian
Storytelling a Dying Art?",
4) "Indian Storytellers
Struggle to Keep Traditon Alive", Deutsche Welle (an international
news service based in Germany).
WSI Director Dr Eric
recently taught a course in Creative Writing at the IIT-Madras. Related recent academic activities in which
Dr Eric has been involved are:
1) Videoconference between
students at IIT-Madras, and American University in Cairo (AUC). In AUC'
s Global South Dialogue
Course. Session topic: "Everyday Creativity: 'Indian' and 'Egyptian' Ways of Doing Things". Wed 24 Oct.
The handout is here. A recording of the videoconference (which
was also webcast) is here .
2) Talk on "Story Composing, Writing, and
Telling; and Creativity in General".
At the English Dept, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, Tues 18 Sept. Links to Speaking notes and related files
3) Talk on "The Story-making Process of the
Human Mind". At the Conference on Enriching the Connection
between Literature and Life, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, Tues
4 Sept. Speaking notes are here.
4) Talk on "Applying Principles of
'Conversation Analysis' to the Facilitation of Student-Participation in
Classroom Discussions". At
the Teaching-and-Learning Center, IIT-Madras, Thurs 23 Aug. The Handout is here. Speaking notes are here. Links to writings on Conversation Analysis,
and Collaborative Teaching-and-Learning, are here.
5) Workshop in "Science Fiction Story Writing and
Telling". At the 13th National Science Fiction Conference,
at Bharathiyar University, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Fri 20 Jan. An article on the session is here.
21 Oct 2012
by Members of the Chennai Storytelling Association at Oxford Bookstore
(Haddows Road, Nungambakkam): "Storytelling about Families",
with Special Guest Storyteller from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Steafan Hannigan.
Our other recent
Storytelling Performances at this venue have included,
about Language, Words, and Stories" (Sept 2012).
Beside the Sea" (August
"Friendship" (July 2012).
Animals in Folk Legends"
and Active Heroines in Fairy Tales" (April 2012).
and other Civic Virtues"
and Eco-systems" (Jan
Storytelling" (Dec 2011).
26 August 2012
"5th Annual Living Statues of Marina Beach Walking Tour".
Brief Dramatic Enactments of each Statue were performed (in English and
Tamil): Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, George Pope, Bharathidasan, and
Auvaiyar. The scripts (in English) are here.
21-23 July 2012
Training in Storytelling
Therapy (Using Storytelling for Therapy) --
The WSI co-leads the Storytelling Therapy component in the year-long
(Nov to Dec) Diploma
Course in Expressive Arts Therapy. Customised training sessions in
Storytelling Therapy -- especially for people in the Care-Giving and
Mental Health Professions -- are also available.
Tuesday 29 May
Storytelling Performance in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh -- Tibetan folk
tales about Aku Tompa (Uncle Emptiness) were told by WSI Director Dr Eric
Miller and others in Dharamsala (a home of Tibetan people in India), at the Volunteer Tibet Centre.
For links to the texts of two of the stories, and some commentary about the
stories and the event (with photos),
please click here.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
To celebrate World
Biodiversity Day, the Centre
for Environment Education, and the National
Biodiversity Authority, organised a function on Marina Beach to mobilize
public support for Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation. As
part of this event, the World Storytelling Institute (especially Mr
Devarajan) helped to arrange for members of Chennai's sea-fishing communities
(led by Mr Neelamegam) to sing rowing songs and tell sea-related
stories. Photos are here.
This event is related to the ongoing project of developing a Living Museum on the
Heritage of Traditional Sea-Fishing and Sea-Travel in the Marina Beach
Mon 16, to Fri 27 April 2012
Storytelling Summer Camp for Children. The Poster is here. Photos are here.
Sat 28 Jan 2012
"Storytelling on Recycling and Eco-systems",
by WSI Storytellers Asha, Sandhya, Sudha, and Karpagam.
At Oxford Bookstore Chennai.
The Event Poster is here.
WSI Storytellers told stories on this theme at schools throughout Chennai (in
English and Tamil) in January, as part of the Prakriti Foundation's Tree of
Life Festival. If interested in having these stories told at a school,
please contact the WSI.
The WSI (Chennai) and Kathalaya
(Bangalore) founded the Indian
Storytelling Network .
23 Dec 2011
The WSI presented Christmas Storytelling at Oxford Bookstore
Chennai. The storytellers were Asha, Trupti, Sandhya, and Eric.
The stories included, "A Christmas Carol," "The Gift of the
Magi," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "The
Nutcracker" (the story upon which a very popular western ballet is
23 and 24 Nov 2011
Storyteller Helmut Wittman of Austria conducted a two-session Storytelling
Workshop, and gave a Performance. Details are here.
The WSI e-newsletter (Nov 2011) is here.
On Fairy Tales, and Child Development.
15 October 2011
Videoconference between people in Chennai and Bloomington (Indiana,
USA). In Chennai,
1) India's National Folklore Support Centre Director Dr Muthukumaraswamy
presented a paper about the Patukalam (final battle) episode of the
1) A professional Mahabharata storyteller performed in Tamil (with English
2) WSI Director Dr Eric introduced the concept of "Ethnographic
Videoconferencing" -- the paper is here.
A recording of the videoconference is here .
Additional info about the event is here.
1 October 2011
WSI Director Eric led a "Storytelling Workshop inspired by Tribal
Storytelling", at the Festival
of Indigenous Storytellers, Fireflies Ashram, Bangalore.
Information about the Workshop is here. The
Festival (and Workshop) is being planned to occur in various locations in
India. If interested, please let us know.
17 September 2011
Dr Anita Ratnam led a Storytelling session at Oxford Bookstore
Chennai. She brilliantly activated the children to physically act-out
the characters. A number of times, she even led the children in "story
parades" around the space.
Photos are here.
A newspaper review is here.
The WSI e-newsletter (Sept-Oct 2011) is here.
Two events in Madras Week
25 August 2011
"Storytelling by the Sea / Kadalooram Kathaisolluthal".
Community members told Folktales about the Sea (in Tamil). Location:
Nocchi Nagar 2nd Street (behind Santhome Church). Invitation as pdf file, and as jpg file.
Photos are here. This event
supported the effort to establish a Living Museum about the
Heritage of Sea-Fishing in the neighborhood; additional info about
this is here.
28 August 2011
"4th Annual Living Statues of Marina Beach Walking Tour".
Brief Dramatic Enactments of each Statue (in English and Tamil): Kannagi, NSC
Bose, Thiruvalluvar, George Pope, Bharathidasan, and Auvaiyar.
WSI Director Dr Eric has written a paper entitled, "Aspects of the
Storytelling Revival in India". Feedback would be most
5 and 6 August 2011
Carnival for Children!
A Festival to Promote Coastal Conservation.
At Marina Beach (near the NSC Bose Statue).
Organised by the Center for
Environmental Education, with Cultural Events facilitated by the
WSI: Performances and Exhibitions by Men, Women, and Children of
Chennai's Sea-fishing Communities (in Tamil language). The Children
performed a skit on "A Day in the Life of a Fishing Village",
featuring their own stories, songs, poetry, and essays. Photos are here.
9 July 2011
Dr Eric, Director of the WSI, was the Oxford Bookstore Chennai
storyteller this month. A review is here.
25 June 2011
Launching its YEAR OF STORYTELLING, World Storytelling Institute
and Oxford Bookstore Chennai presented a Storytelling (with Arts and Crafts
Activities) Event for Children. Ms Trupti Sayani was the
Storyteller. Photos are here.
8 May 2011
World Storytelling Institute and Oxford Bookstore, Chennai, presented a free Storytelling
Session. This was the end-of-Workshop performance, by participants
in the current Storytelling Workshop for Adults. Approximately 18
Adults and 3 children attended. Photos are here.
25-30 April 2011
World Storytelling Institute and Oxford Bookstore, Chennai, presented a Summer
Storytelling Festival for Childen. 6 Storytellers in 6 days,
5-6:30pm daily. Adults told stories, and the children did artwork to
express their visions of the stories.
Photos are here.
Three articles relating to the Festival are here.
3 April 2011
Before the CSA monthly meeting, Storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton in London
spoke with us in Chennai via Skype videoconference. A photo of the
videoconference -- from the Chennai side -- is here.
5 March 2011
California-based Storyteller Cathryn Fairlee's performance of "Folktales
about Strong and Clever Women" at the Savera Hotel here in Chennai was
very well-received! Cathryn's website is here, and an article about her visit to
Tamil Nadu is here.
8 February 2011
CSA monthly session of Storytelling for Adults (first Tuesday).
Today's topic was, "The odds were a million-to-one against me, but I did
it anyway." Photos are here.
6 February 2011
Before the CSA monthly meeting, Storytellers Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee in
Albuquerque (New Mexico, USA) performed for us, and spoke with us, in Chennai
via Skype videoconference. Photos of the videoconference are here.
5 February 2011
Presentation for Chennai School Librarians on "Using Storytelling to
Facilitate Reading and Writing" -- the notes are here. This
Workshop was organised by the Madras Library Association, at Anna Library in
Kotturppuram. A two-page essay based on these notes, "Storytelling
and Story-listening, and Children's Intellectual, Emotional, and Social
Development," is here.
The WSI/CSA provided four storytelling sessions in the Chennai Sangamam 2011 folk
performing arts festival. Links to photos and video of these
storytelling sessions -- along with essays about Chennai Sangamam over the
past three years -- are here.
Chennai Storytelling Association
The Chennai Storytelling
Association began in Nov 2010. There
are now approx 200 members. Many have
attended multi-session WSI Storytelling Workshops.
The CSA is facilitating:
1) The development of
lesson plans for training adults and children in the art of storytelling (in
English and Tamil).
2) Storytelling Workshops for adults and children.
3) Storytelling Performances for children (in English and Tamil).
4) Monthly sessions of
personal-experience storytelling (for and by adults), open to the general
public. Presently, these sessions are
occurring at a Cafe Coffee Day. Info
about these events is here.
5) Visits to the Tamil countryside, to meet with storytellers there, to hear
and collect their stories, and to receive training in storytelling from them.
The CSA is also developing methods of (audio and visual) translation that
could be used during storytelling events.
Ongoing activities by CSA
1) Vasugi Ram Manohar
directs Madras Story Works in
Egmore (98401 18590). Storytelling for
children each Saturday at 11am. Info
2) Asha Sampath directs Tale Spin in Anna Nagar (98408
33953). Storytelling on one Saturday
afternoon each month. Info is here.
3) Kavitha Thyagarajan
and Debjani Bhaduri direct Once Upon a
Time in RA Puram (99400 36390 and 98402 76914). Info is here.
4) Sheetal Rayathatha
directs Square Heads (Phonics and
Storytelling) in Kilpauk (98400 91290).
Info is here.
5) Sandhya Rubens
directs Eloquens (Soft-skills
training, Storytelling, etc) in Ayanavaram (98401 77215). Info is here.
7) Magdalene Jeyarathnam
directs the East-West Center for
Counselling and Training in Nungambakkam and Kilpauk (98841 00135). The EWCFCT provides Expressive Arts Therapy
(including Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling) for children and adults, and
also provides training in Expressive Arts Therapy. Info is here.
For additional info about
the Chennai Storytelling Association, please call 98403 94282.
About the WSI
Introduction to Storytelling Studies
"A Lot More than Just
Storytelling", New Indian Express (19 Nov 2013). About personal-experience storytelling by
and for adults, in a cafe.
"Stories Get a New
of India (15 Sept 2013). About the Kaani Tribal Storytelling
"A Storyteller from
(Pune) (27 July 2013).
"A Twist in the Tale", The Hindu, Sunday Magazine section (7 July 2013).
"He Tells It Like It Is", Deccan
Chronicle (24 June 2013). About
the Kaani Tribal Storytelling Festival.
Struggle to Keep Tradition Alive", www.dw.de (German news website)
(2 May 2013).
"To Learn, To Speak, To
Grow", Indian Express (19 April 2013).
Storytelling a Dying Art?", BBC News Online (23 March 2013).
"Storyteller's Wonderland," Highlights
Champs, India edition (April
"The Tale End of Tradition", Rail Bandhu, the Railway Dept Magazine (March 2013).
"Telling Tales," Indian
Express (15 March 2013).
"How to Spin a Yarn Your
Way", Deccan Chronicle (29 Jan 2013).
About the Chennai Storytelling
the Art of Spinning a Yarn", The Hindu (28 Jan 2013). About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.
Tale Trail", Indian Express (4 Jan 2013). About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.
"What is All the Drama
About?", Deccan Chronicle (10 Nov 2012).
About the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, which is affiliated with
"Story Selling", Times
of India, Crest Edition (2 Sept 2012).
About storytelling and business.
"The Primal Art", Mint
(9 Sept 2012). About storytelling and
"A Storyteller's Story", Deccan
Herald, Bangalore edition (15 April 2012).
"Science Fiction Writers
Should be Socially Responsible",
The Hindu (21 Jan 2012).
"When the Hare Beat the Tortoise: Today's
Storytellers Are Not Just Rewriting Old Stories. They Are Using New Means --
3D, Videoconferencing, and Tour Expeditions -- To Tell Them", Sunday Express, New Delhi
(6 Feb 2011). Article with text only.
"Now Here's a
Good Story to Tell", Indian Express (27 Nov 2010).
"A Storyteller", India
Today, Simply Chennai section, 5th Anniversary Special (Sept 2010).
Yarns, Interact with Locals, and Visit the Places of Your Fairytales", Sunday Guardian, New Delhi edition
(25 April 2010). About about the WSI's
"Places of Kannagi" Tour.
"Bring Back the
Storyteller!", Times of India (4 April 2010).
Whale of a Tale", The
Hindu (4 March 2009). About the
WSI's work with members of Chennai's sea-fishing communities .
"The Art of Storytelling", Times
of India (14 Nov 2008).
"Learning the Art of
Narrating a Story in a Telling Manner," The
Hindu (1 Sept 2008).
"A Few Tips on
the Art of Storytelling", The
Hindu (10 Feb 2008).
for Tourism Promotion", The
Hindu (4 Nov 2008).
"Now Tourists Can
Go Down Story Trails", Times
of India (1 Nov 2008).
"A Catamaran Festival in
the Mall", The Hindu (13 Aug 2007).
"Mall Gets Taste of Sea
Culture", Deccan Chronicle (13 Aug 2007).
"An American in Love with
Kannagi", Indian Express (11 June 2007).
"Ideas for New Colonies
for Fishing People: Marina Beach Museum", Mylapore
Times (24 March 2007)
"Catamaran Festival", The
Hindu (10 Sept 2006)
Sea-fishing Heritage", The
Hindu (16 July 2006).
"Capturing the Mood of a
Community", Indian Express (16 July 2006).
"As Civilised as We Are", News Today
(20 Oct 2004).
"The Culture of Kaani
People", The Hindu (14 Oct 2004).
"Away from Jungles, Tribe
Hunts for Recognition" Indian Express (13 Oct 2004)
"Webcasting Culture Across
Continents", The Hindu (17 Aug 2000).
"Silappathikaram Teaches Respect for Human Rights: US Scholar", The
Hindu (10 Dec 1988).
"US Scholar in Search of
Information about Kannagi", The Hindu (7 Nov 1988).
Selected Writings by Dr Eric Miller, Director of the WSI
"Storytelling by and for
Adults at a Café Coffee Day!" (Jan 2013).
"Dance, Movement, Gesture,
and Posture in Storytelling" (Jan 2013).
Storytelling" (Dec 2013).
"Marina Beach Deserves a
Living Museum", Deccan
Chronicle (10 Nov 2013). The original, unedited version of the article is here.
the Age of Videoconferencing",
New Moment Magazine for Art and
Advertising (Belgrade, Serbia; and Ljubljana, Slovenia) (Nov 2013). The article as plain text is here.
"The Value of the
Multi-Discipline Approach to Research", Conference
Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and
Sciences, Annual Meeting (Sept 2013).
Videoconferencing" (Nov 2012).
"Aspects of the
Storytelling Revival in India" (August 2011).
"Using Storytelling to
Encourage Reading" (2011).
Story-listening, and Children's Intellectual, Emotional,
and Social Development".
"Using Storytelling to
Encourage Reading" (2011).
"Storytelling and Story-listening,
and Children's Intellectual,
Emotional, and Social Development" (2011).
"Theories of Story and Storytelling"
Videoconferencing, as Applied to Songs/Chants/Dances/Games of South Indian
Children, and Language Learning",
PhD Dissertation, Folklore Program, University of Pennsylvania (August
Storytelling in Chennai", Deccan
Chronicle (28 March 2010). The original, unedited version of the
article is here.
"Ideas for Chennai
Sangamam" (Jan 2009). About a
folk performing arts festival in Tamil Nadu,
Interviews via Videoconference",
Education Newsletter, American
Folklore Society (Spring 2008).
"In Praise of Citizen
Kannagi", The Hindu (16 June 2006). About the heroine of a Tamil epic.
Forest Language: Development Ideas
Tribal People of Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari District", Conference Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, Annual Meeting (Oct
2004). Co-authored with Murugan
Videoconferencing: Videoconferencing for Performing, Teaching, and Discussing
Tamil Language and Performing Arts",
International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (2003).
and Language Acquisition" (2003).
Performance of Epic and the Practice of Lament" (2001).
Change in Chinese Storytelling" (2000).
and Relevance in Conversation" (1999).
an African Storytelling Event" (1998).
"Tamil Nadu's Silappathikaram (Epic of the Anklet): Ancient Story and Modern Identity",
Self-published booklet (1991).
Links to more of Dr Eric's
writings are on his personal
The inaugural "Places of Kannagi
Storytelling Tour" occurred 22 February, to 7 March, 2010.
Watch a 21-minute video
documentary about the 2010 Tour.
The Tour blog is at http://kannagistorytellingtour.blogspot.com. Additional info about the Tour is here.
The two-day visit with the "Kathaiyum Paattum" ("Story and
Song") Storytellers of Thanjavur, on 5-6 Feb 2013 (following the Chennai
Storytelling Festival), was a partial Tour.
Info about this visit is here.
New editions of
the Tour are being planned -- to parts of the route, and to the entire
us if you might be interested in joining, or helping to organise, an edition
of the Tour.
2008 Storytelling Tourism Project:
Tour Theme: "Tharisanam: Vision of the Other." 1-16 November
2008. A group of 18 people
came from the USA with the Eth-Noh-Tek storytelling company. A wide
range of Storytelling styles was shared with the visitors, in Chennai and
vicinity. Activities were hosted and arranged by the WSI, in
partnership with local individuals and communities.
Visit Chennai's Sea-fishing Communities!
Presented by the WSI in partnership with residents of Chennai's sea-fishing
neighborhoods beside Marina Beach -- including Ayodhya Kuppam, Nadu Kuppam,
Nocchi Kuppam, Nocchi Nagar, Dooming Kuppam, and Srinivasapuram.
Multimedia presentation -- featuring video recordings, 500 photos
taken by community members, and paintings about the sea.
Guided tour of the fish market area, and of the working area on the
beach -- including discussion about the boats, nets, engines, fish, weather,
Performances of "The Sea Story," a drama with folk songs.
Storytelling (Grandmother Stories, Raja-Rani Stories, Tenali
Raman Stories, Animal Stories, etc) by and with community members. With
visual and aural methods of simultaneous translation.
Set of Recommendations for a Living Museum about the
Heritage of Sea-fishing and Sea-travel in the Nocchi Kuppam area.
World Storytelling Institute Staff Bio-Data
Storytelling for/by/with Adults.
Eric Miller is a native New Yorker, transplanted to Chennai. He has
studied with and worked for -- as office assistant, festival coordinator, and
video documenter -- numerous professional storytellers in the USA, including
Laura Simms and Diane Wolkstein. He
has completed a PhD in
Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In New
York City, he has taught courses in writing, literature, drama, public
speaking, and storytelling at St. John's University, Fordham University, and
New York University. In Chennai, he
has taught courses at IIT-Madras, and at the Image College of Animation,
Arts, and Technology. Dr Eric has also worked extensively in the video
industry, in which he specializes in facilitating videoconferences. Links to approximately 60 of his writings
can be found at his personal website,
<email@example.com>, 98403 94282.
Storytelling and Counselling.
Magdalene Jeyarathnam is also founder-director of Chennai's East-West Center for Counselling
and Training, which offers numerous training workshops, including Approaches to
Counselling Children (featuring exploration of therapeutic uses of
Storytelling, Drama, Music, Dance/Movement, Visual Art, and Play in
general). Ms Magdalene has integrated these methods into the EWCFCT's
counselling services, and counselling-training, for adults.
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, 98841 00135.
WSI-affiliated Performers/Trainers include:
Vasugi Ram Manohar.