World Storytelling Institute

Nungambakkam, Chennai
Eric Miller, PhD, Director
 98403 94282 ,  044 4208 0890
info@storytellinginstitute.org
www.storytellinginstitute.org

 

Welcome!



 

Upcoming Events (Dec 2014 onward)

 

All events are in Chennai unless otherwise noted.

 

 

The Inaugural Edition of the Great Chennai Storytelling Contest has begun!  Info about the Contest is here.  The Contest Poster is here.

 

The Storytelling Contest ends during Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015 (10 days! -- 6-15 Feb 2015), "Storytelling for Teaching and Training".  Info is here.

 

The Festival culminates in 2-days of free Storytelling-related Workshops at the University of Madras (14 Sat and 15 Sun Feb 2015).  Info is here. 

 

The Chennai Storytelling Contest and Festival are presented by the World Storytelling Institute and others.

 

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Storytelling at Cafe Coffee Days.

*  Storytelling for and by Adults. 

*  Upcoming sessions:

All Mondays, 6pm-7pm: 

1) 5 Jan 2014, CCD Lounge (Besant Nagar).

2) 12 Jan 2014, CCD Square (Nungambakkam).

3) 19 Jan 2014, CCD Lounge (Besant Nagar).

4) 26 Jan 2014, CCD Square (Nungambakkam).

5) 2 Feb 2014, CCD Lounge (Besant Nagar).

6) 9 Feb 2014, CCD Square (Nungambakkam).

*  Info is here.

 

These events constitute the Adult English-language section of the 2014-15 Chennai Storytelling Contest.  The winners of this section would be named at the conclusion of the Mon 9 Feb session. To be eligible to win, one must tell at at least two sessions.

 

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Storytelling Workshops for Adults.

*  The next 7-session Workshop would begin on Sun 1 March 2015 and would meet on 7 consecutive Sundays, 10am-Noon, near New Avadi Road in Kilpauk Garden.

*  Info is here.

 

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Storytelling Training via Videoconference. (Skype, Google, Apple, etc.)  For individuals and groups of all ages and professions.  Info is here.

 

 

 

 


Storytelling Training

Storytelling Workshop for Adults

This Storytelling Workshop is designed especially for Parents, Teachers, Screen Writers, Human Resource Trainers, and People interested in becoming Professional Storytellers.

For days, times, etc,  please click here, and call 98403 94282.


Storytelling Workshops for Children

 

Storytelling 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 click here. 

 

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 Structure.  
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. 
Singing-and-moving Stories.      
Story Mapping/Painting/Drawing.
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


"Storytelling Workshop for People in the Business World"

"Storytelling Workshop for Teachers"

"Storytelling for Parents and Children Together"

"Introduction to Storytelling, and Coaching Your Storytelling"

"Story Workshop 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.

 

 

 

 

Recent Activities 

24 Aug 2014

Sixth Annual "Living Statues of Marina Beach" Walking Tour (an event in Madras Week).

Brief Dramatic Enactments of 8 Statues (in English and Tamil): Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, GU Pope, Bharathidasan,  Avvaiyar, Subramania Bharathi, and Mahatma Gandhi. 

Photo is here.

Info (including the scripts in English) is here.

 

20 Aug 2014

Storytelling by and for Adults. 

At Café Coffee Day Square, Chennai.

 

Regarding this series --

 

A description is here.

 

An article in Cafe Chronicle (by Dr Eric Miller) is here.

 

An article in Indian Express is here.

 

9) Aug 2014 Topic, "The moment I decided to live in Chennai" (an event in Madras Week 2014).

A photo is here.

8) July 2014,"A dream come true".

7) June 2014, "An eye-opening experience".

6) April 2014, "Real-life adventure stories".

5) March 2014, "Real-life adventure stories".

4) Feb 2014, "I made it look easy".

3) Jan 2014, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".

2) Dec 2013, "The best gift I ever gave or received".

1) Nov 2013, "The day I became human".  Photos are here. 

 

20 March 2014 (World Storytelling Day)

Videoconference on Dragons and Monsters.

Info about, and a link to a recording of, this videoconference is here.

 

7-9 Feb 2014

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014,

Storytelling and Healing

(Storytelling 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 recording of, this videoconference is here.

 

4 Oct 2013

Ethnographic 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,

Language, Culture, and Nature.

Location: Pechiparai, 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.

 

Aug 2013

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 is here.

 

13-15 April 2013

Three-Day Workshop for Adults in

Storytelling and Healing, also known as

Storytelling Therapy,  and

Therapeutic 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 --

Teaching and Learning about Storytelling.

 

Here is the Poster (with schedule).

Here is the Brochure.

Here is the Announcement (with photo).

Here are additional details.

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:

1) "Timeless Tales",  The Hindu.

2) "Thanjavur Tales,  Made in Chennai",  Indian Express.

3) "Is Indian Storytelling a Dying Art?",  BBC Online.

4) "Indian Storytellers Struggle to Keep Traditon Alive", Deutsche Welle (an international news service based in Germany).

 

 

Aug-Nov 2012

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 are here.

 

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

Storytelling Performances 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,

"Stories about Language, Words, and Stories" (Sept 2012).   

"Living Beside the Sea" (August 2012).

"Friendship" (July 2012).

"Heroic Animals in Folk Legends" (June 2012).

"Strong and Active Heroines in Fairy Tales" (April 2012).

"Honesty and other Civic Virtues" (Feb 2012).

"Recycling and Eco-systems" (Jan 2012).

"Christmas Storytelling" (Dec 2011).

 

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 2012
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 area.

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.

Dec 2011

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 based).

23 and 24 Nov 2011
Storyteller Helmut Wittman of Austria conducted a two-session Storytelling Workshop, and gave a Performance.  Details are here

Nov 2011

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 Mahabharata.
1) A professional Mahabharata storyteller performed in Tamil (with English translation), and
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.

Sept-Oct 2011

The WSI e-newsletter (Sept-Oct 2011) is here.

Two events in Madras Week 2011
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.
and
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 appreciated.

5 and 6 August 2011
Chennai Coastal 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.

January 2011
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.

 

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Ongoing activities by CSA members include:

 

1) Vasugi Ram Manohar directs Madras Story Works in Egmore (98401 18590).  Storytelling for children each Saturday at 11am.  Info is here.

 

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.

 

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For additional info about the Chennai Storytelling Association, please call 98403 94282.

 

 


About the WSI

Mission Statement




Additional Storytelling-related Information

Introduction to Storytelling Studies

Storytelling-related Links




Press

51

"Stories that Changed Lives",  Indian Express, City Express section (12 Nov 2014).  About storytelling by and for adults at a CCD.

 

50

"A Storyteller's Tale",  India Currents Magazine (Oct 2014).

 

49

"The Many Ways of Telling Tales",  The Hindu (23 June 2014).  About the Storytelling Workshop for Adults.

 

48

"And They Lived Happily Ever After",  The Hindu (14 Feb 2014).  About CSF 2014. 

 

47

"Storytelling Festival to Show Healing Power in Old Raja-Rani Tales",  Times of India (7 Feb 2014).  About CSF 2014. 

 

46

"Once Upon a Time...Therapy?",  Indian Express, City Express section (5 Feb 2014).  About CSF 2014. 

 

45

"Exploring the Gamut of Storytelling",  Deccan Chronicle, Chennai Chronicle section (5 Feb 2014).  About CSF 2014. 

 

44

"The Chennai Storytelling Festival",  Le Petit Chennai (online newsletter in French),  Jan 2014.  An English translation of the article is here.

 

43

"A Lot More than Just Storytelling",  New Indian Express (19 Nov 2013).  About personal-experience storytelling by and for adults, in a cafe.

 

42
"Stories Get a New Beginning",  Times of India (15 Sept 2013).  About the Kaani Tribal Storytelling Festival.

 

41

"A Storyteller from Chennai",  www.life365.co (Pune) (27 July 2013).

 

40

"A Twist in the Tale",  The Hindu, Sunday Magazine section (7 July 2013).

 

39

"He Tells It Like It Is",  Deccan Chronicle (24 June 2013).  About the Kaani Tribal Storytelling Festival.

 

38

"Indian Storytellers Struggle to Keep Tradition Alive", www.dw.de (German news website) (2 May 2013).

 

37

"To Learn, To Speak, To Grow",  Indian Express (19 April 2013).

 

36

"Is Indian Storytelling a Dying Art?",  BBC News Online (23 March 2013).

 

35

"Storyteller's Wonderland,"  Highlights Champs, India edition (April 2013).

 

34
"
The Tale End of Tradition",  Rail Bandhu, the Railway Dept Magazine (March 2013).

 

33

"Telling Tales,"  Indian Express (15 March 2013).

 

32

"How to Spin a Yarn Your Way",  Deccan Chronicle (29 Jan 2013).  About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.

 

31

"Nurturing the Art of Spinning a Yarn",  The Hindu (28 Jan 2013).  About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.

 

30

"The Tale Trail",  Indian Express (4 Jan 2013).  About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.

 

29

"What is All the Drama About?",  Deccan Chronicle (10 Nov 2012).  About the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, which is affiliated with the WSI.

 

28

"Story Selling",  Times of India, Crest Edition (2 Sept 2012).  About storytelling and business.

27

"The Primal Art",  Mint (9 Sept 2012).  About storytelling and education.

 

26

"A Storyteller's Story",  Deccan Herald, Bangalore edition (15 April 2012).

 

25

"Science Fiction Writers Should be Socially Responsible",  The Hindu (21 Jan 2012).

 

24
"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.

23
"Now Here's a Good Story to Tell",  Indian Express (27 Nov 2010).

22

"A Storyteller",  India Today, Simply Chennai section, 5th Anniversary Special (Sept 2010).


21
"Spin 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.

20

"Bring Back the Storyteller!",  Times of India (4 April 2010).


19
"A Whale of a Tale",  The Hindu (4 March 2009).  About the WSI's work with members of Chennai's sea-fishing communities .

18

"The Art of Storytelling",  Times of India (14 Nov 2008).

 

17

"Learning the Art of Narrating a Story in a Telling Manner,"  The Hindu (1 Sept 2008).


16
"A Few Tips on the Art of Storytelling",  The Hindu (10 Feb 2008).

15
"Now Storytelling for Tourism Promotion",  The Hindu (4 Nov 2008). 

14
"Now Tourists Can Go Down Story Trails",  Times of India (1 Nov 2008). 


13

"A Catamaran Festival in the Mall",  The Hindu (13 Aug 2007).

 

12

"Mall Gets Taste of Sea Culture",  Deccan Chronicle (13 Aug 2007).

 

11

"An American in Love with Kannagi",   Indian Express (11 June 2007).

 

10

"Ideas for New Colonies for Fishing People: Marina Beach Museum",  Mylapore Times (24 March 2007)

 

9

"Catamaran Festival",  The Hindu (10 Sept 2006)

 

8

"Celebrating the Sea-fishing Heritage",   The Hindu (16 July 2006).

 

7

"Capturing the Mood of a Community",  Indian Express (16 July 2006).

 

6

"As Civilised as We Are",  News Today (20 Oct 2004).

 

5

"The Culture of Kaani People",  The Hindu (14 Oct 2004).

 

4

"Away from Jungles, Tribe Hunts for Recognition"  Indian Express (13 Oct  2004)

 

3

"Webcasting Culture Across Continents",  The Hindu (17 Aug 2000).

 

2

"Silappathikaram Teaches Respect for Human Rights: US Scholar",  The Hindu (10 Dec 1988).

 

1

"US Scholar in Search of Information about Kannagi",  The Hindu (7 Nov 1988).




Selected Writings by Dr Eric Miller, Director of the WSI


27

"Child Development, Arts Therapies, Education -- and Storytelling",  Teacher Plus Magazine (Hyderabad), Nov 2014 (in press).

 

26

"Storytelling by and for Adults at a Café Coffee Day!",  Cafe Chronicle (March 2013).

 

25

"Dance, Movement, Gesture, and Posture in Storytelling" (Jan 2013).

 

24

"Role-playing in Storytelling" (Dec 2013).

 

23

"Marina Beach Deserves a Living Museum", Deccan Chronicle (10 Nov 2013).  The original, unedited version of the article is here.

 

22

"Storytelling in 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.

 

21

"The Value of the Multi-Discipline Approach to Research",  Conference Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, Annual Meeting (Sept 2013).

 

20

"Ethnographic Videoconferencing" (Nov 2012).

 

19

"Aspects of the Storytelling Revival in India" (August 2011).

 

18

"Using Storytelling to Encourage Reading" (2011).

 

17

"Storytelling and Story-listening, and Children's Intellectual, Emotional, and Social Development".

 

16

"Using Storytelling to Encourage Reading" (2011).

 

15

"Storytelling and Story-listening, and Children's Intellectual, Emotional, and Social Development" (2011).

 

14

"Theories of Story and Storytelling" (2011).

 

13

"Ethnographic Videoconferencing, as Applied to Songs/Chants/Dances/Games of South Indian Children, and Language Learning",  PhD Dissertation, Folklore Program, University of Pennsylvania (August 2010).

 

12

"Weaving Magic: Storytelling in Chennai",  Deccan Chronicle (28 March 2010).  The original, unedited version of the article is here.

11

"Ideas for Chennai Sangamam" (Jan 2009).  About a folk performing arts festival in Tamil Nadu,

10

"Conducting Folklore Interviews via Videoconference",  Education Newsletter, American Folklore Society (Spring 2008).

 

9

"In Praise of Citizen Kannagi",  The Hindu (16 June 2006).  About the heroine of a Tamil epic.

 

8

"Cultivating a Forest Language: Development Ideas

for Kaani Tribal People of Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari District",  Conference Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, Annual Meeting (Oct 2004).  Co-authored with Murugan Narayanan Kaani.

 

7

"Chennai and Videoconferencing: Videoconferencing for Performing, Teaching, and Discussing Tamil Language and Performing Arts",  Conference Proceedings, International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (2003).

 

"Verbal Play and Language Acquisition" (2003).

 

 5

"The Performance of Epic and the Practice of Lament" (2001).

 

4

"Continuity and Change in Chinese Storytelling" (2000).

 

3

"Turn-Taking and Relevance in Conversation" (1999).

 

2

"Roleplaying in an African Storytelling Event" (1998).

 

1

"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 webpage.




Storytelling Tourism

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 route. 

 

Please contact 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.



Ongoing:

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.  

Featuring:

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, etc. 

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

Director, Co-Founder.

Specialising in 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,
www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com <eric@storytellinginstitute.org>, 98403 94282.

Co-Founder.

Specialising in 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.
<magdalene@centerforcounselling.org>, 98841 00135.

WSI-affiliated Performers/Trainers include:
SW Alvin.

Asha Sampath.

Banumathy.

Debjani Bhaduri.

Kanupriya Keyal.
Kavitha Thyagarajan.

Lavanya Srinivas.
Nivedita.

Sandhya Rubens.
Sheetal Rayathatha.

Sudha Umashankar.

Uma Balu.

Vasugi Ram Manohar.