Upcoming Events in Chennai
(January 2017 onward)
Friday 3 to Sunday 12 Feb (10 days).
The Festival's 5th annual edition!
* Storytelling Contest for Children.
Thurs 26 Jan, 4pm. Nungambakkam.
Details are here.
* Tickets for the 6 evenings of Performances --
and for the Storytelling Workshops for Adults on Sat 11 and Sun 12 Feb -- are available here.
* Info about the 6 evenings of Performances is here.
* Info about the Storytelling Workshops for Adults on Sat 11 and Sun 12 Feb is here.
* Storytelling Workshops for College Students (Free admission) on Fri 10 Feb.
Annual International Conference on Expressive Arts Therapy, presented by the Psychology Dept of Women's Christian College, and the East West Center for Counselling and Training.
Pre-Conference Workshops: Wed 15 Feb 2017.
Conference: Thurs 16 and Fri 17 Feb 2017.
Dr Eric, Director of the WSI (and Assistant Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training), would be
1) Conducting a Workshop on "Storytelling for Self-Development" on Wed 15 Feb, and
2) Presenting a summary of his paper on Storytelling Therapy on Fri 17 Feb.
Info about regularly-scheduled Storytelling activities in Chennai is here.
Storytelling for and by Adults
at Cafe Coffee Days.
Final 3 rounds of Chennai Storytelling Contest 2017 (adult English-language section):
1) Tues 24 Jan, at 11am-Noon, CCD Gandhi Nagar.
2) Mon 30 Jan. 6pm-7pm, CCD Square.
3) Mon 6 Feb. 6pm-7pm. CCD Square.
(The Winner of this section of the Contest would be announced upon the completion of this session.)
Cafe Coffee Day Square -- on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam.
Cafe Coffee Day Gandhi Nagar -- on B Ramachandra Adithanar Road (4th Main Road), Gandhi Nagar, Adyar.
* "New Beginnings".
* "A Way I Changed My Life".
* "Stories Relating to Jallikattu".
Format: The Storytelling Host would tell a story, and then there would be an open mic (ten minute time-limit per Storyteller).
The conditions of the Contest are:
Each Contestant would tell at least 2 stories (in at leat 2 sessions):
1) A Personal-experience Story.
2) Another Story of Any Other Kind.
Kinds of stories that could be told include:
Creative Original stories.
One could tell, or just listen.
Admission: Rs 300 (includes coffee or tea).
If possible, please call or e-mail to register in advance.
Storytelling Workshop for Adults.
Sundays, 10am-Noon. 7 sessions.
The upcoming batch would begin on 26 February 2017.
Near Gemini Flyover.
For additional info, please click here.
For info about training via videoconference (for indivduals and groups), please click here.
Storytelling-theatre Workshop for Children (6 to 12 years old).
28 Jan to 8 April (11 sessions).
Near Gemini Flyover.
The children would be coached to tell animal fables (such as Aesop's fables, Panchatantra stories, and Jataka stories), and other folktales.
For additional info, please click here.
Storytelling Clubs for Teenagers,
meeting via Videoconference (Skype, Google, etc).
This is a Workshop in Storytelling, Theatre, and Creative Writing (poetry, plays, and short stories).
Groups are forming for weekly one-hour sessions.
Groups for boys, groups for girls, and mixed groups.
A group for girls is meeting on Saturdays, 5pm-6pm
Fee: Rs 500 per session, per participant.
For additional info, please click here.
The upcoming batch is scheduled to begin on Sunday 26 February 2017.
This Workshop is designed especially for Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Trainers, Therapists, Performers, Creative Writers, Tour Guides, Professional Storytellers, and People interested in becoming any of the above.
The Workshop location is near Gemini Flyover.
Advance registration is requested.
Additional info about the 7-session Workshop is here.
Additional Storytelling Workshops for Adults
Storytelling Training for Adults via Videoconference
Info is here.
Saturdays, 3:15pm-4:45pm, 28 Jan to 8 April (11 sessions). Near Gemini Flyover. For details, please click here
In these class sessions, students 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 young people
are coached to form and tell Animal
Fables, Fairytales, Episodes of Epics, Personal-experience Stories, Historical Stories, and Made-up Stories.
Info about Storytelling
Workshops ("Storytelling Clubs") for Teenagers via videoconference
2 Oct 2016
28 August 2016
Some photos of the 9th Annual "Living Statues of Marina Beach" Walking Tour are here. The Walk features brief dramatic enactments -- in Tamil and English -- of 6 statues. The suggested scripts (in English) are here. The Walk is facilitated by the WSI, and this year's edition was an event in Madras Week 2016.
2 May 2016
Storytelling by and for Adults.
At Café Coffee Day Square, Chennai.
A description of the series is here.
Links to 5 articles about these events are here.
Some of the topics have been:
* August 2016, "It happened in Chennai".
* July 2016, "Things one loves to do".
* June 2016, "Patience is a virtue ... sometimes".
* May 2016, "The importance of gentleness".
* April 2016, "The straw that broke the camel's back".
* Aug 2014, "The moment I decided to live in Chennai" (an event in Madras Week 2014).
A photo is here.
* July 2014,"A dream come true".
* June 2014, "An eye-opening experience".
* March 2014, "Real-life adventure stories".
* Feb 2014, "I made it look easy".
* Jan 2014, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".
* Dec 2013, "The best gift I ever gave or received".
* Nov 2013, "The day I became human". Photos are here.
The WSI collaborated with The Paintbox (a team of painters) and local people, to paint a mural on a wall near WSI headquarters. The title of the mural is "Art Gallery in a Jungle". Images of the mural are here.
9 February 2016 (going back to 1999)
Online recordings of videoconferences co-facilitated by WSI director Dr Eric.
5-14 February 2016
Info about Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016 is here. (Info about the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 editions of the Festival is also there.)
The WSI's "Storytelling in Schools (and Colleges)" initiative is described here.
Links to articles providing evidence that storytelling activities can help students to improve their general academic abilities are here.
Included on this webpage are links to Dr Eric's essays,
20 March 2015
World Storytelling Day 2015 was celebrated in Chennai at the University of Madras. 15 Storytellers (members of the Chennai Storytellers) told on this year's theme, which was "wishes". The event was supported by the WSI, and WSI director Dr Eric also performed. A photo of the event is here (Aparna Ashwin is the teller in this photo).
4-15 Feb 2015
Info about Chennai Storytelling Festival 2015,
"Storytelling for Teaching and Training"
(4-15 Feb 2015) -- and all three editions of the Chennai Storytelling Festival -- is here.
The WSI founded, and has been the leading presenter of, the Chennai Storytelling Festival.
The theme of CSF 2016 is
"Storytelling and Inter-cultural Communication".
Travel. Tourism. Translation. Journey and Path as metaphors. Visiting other lands and worlds. Discovery and Exploration of the other, and of the self.
24 Aug 2014
Seventh 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 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.
Storytelling about Beach and Ocean Eco-Systems.
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.
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).
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
Tuesday 29 May
The Chennai Storytelling
Association began in Nov 2010. There
are now approx 200 members. Many have
attended multi-session WSI Storytelling Workshops.
1) The development of
lesson plans for training adults and children in the art of storytelling (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.
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.
For additional info about
the Chennai Storytelling Association, please call 98403 94282.
"A Magnet Called Kannagi", The Week, pages 82-3 (25 Dec 2016).
"Tale and Hearty", Bangalore Mirror, page 7 (27 Nov 2016). Mentions Dr Eric’s work with Storytelling Therapy.
"A Story is Always More Important than the Teller", Indian Express, Chennai Express section, page 3 (19 Oct 2016).
"Storytelling via Interactive Video?", Indian Express, City section, page 3 (19 May 2016).
"Spin Me a Tale", The Hindu, Metroplus section (10 Feb 2016). About storytelling for business training, and Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016.
"Right Things to Say and The Way You Say It Makes a Good Story", Indian Express, Expresso section (10 Feb 2016). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016.
"Storytelling Fest Celebrates Art of Spinning Tales", Indian Express (4 Feb 2016). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016.
"Telling Effect", The Hindu (Madurai edition), Metroplus section (3 Feb 2016). About a Storytelling Workshop at American University in Madurai.
"Learn to Tell Tales with Online Classes", Deccan Chronicle, Chennai Chronicle section (28 May 2015). About storytelling training for adults via videoconference.
"Stories that Changed Lives", Indian Express, City Express section (12 Nov 2014). About storytelling by and for adults at a CCD.
"A Storyteller's Tale", India Currents Magazine (Oct 2014).
"The Many Ways of Telling Tales", The Hindu (23 June 2014). About the Storytelling Workshop for Adults.
"And They Lived Happily Ever After", The Hindu (14 Feb 2014). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014.
"Storytelling Festival to Show Healing Power in Old Raja-Rani Tales", Times of India (7 Feb 2014). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014.
"Once Upon a Time...Therapy?", Indian Express, City Express section (5 Feb 2014). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014.
"Exploring the Gamut of Storytelling", Deccan Chronicle, Chennai Chronicle section (5 Feb 2014). About Chennai Storytelling Festival 2014.
"A Lot More than Just Storytelling", New Indian Express (19 Nov 2013). About personal-experience storytelling by and for adults, in a cafe.
"A Storyteller from Chennai", www.life365.co (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.
"Indian Storytellers 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).
"Is Indian Storytelling a Dying Art?", BBC News Online (23 March 2013).
"Storyteller's Wonderland," Highlights Champs, India edition (April 2013).
"Telling Tales," Indian Express (15 March 2013).
"How to Spin a Yarn Your Way", Deccan Chronicle (29 Jan 2013). About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.
"Nurturing the Art of Spinning a Yarn", The Hindu (28 Jan 2013). About the Chennai Storytelling Festival.
"The 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 the WSI.
"Story Selling", Times of India, Crest Edition (2 Sept 2012). About storytelling and business.
"The Primal Art", Mint (9 Sept 2012). About storytelling and education.
"A Storyteller's Story", Deccan Herald, Bangalore edition (15 April 2012).
"Science Fiction Writers Should be Socially Responsible", The Hindu (21 Jan 2012).
"A Storyteller", India Today, Simply Chennai section, 5th Anniversary Special (Sept 2010).
"Bring Back the Storyteller!", Times of India (4 April 2010).
"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 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)
"Celebrating the 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).
"The Storytelling Scene in Chennai" (2016).
"Child Development, Arts Therapies, Education -- and Storytelling", Teacher Plus Magazine (Hyderabad) (Nov 2014).
"Storytelling by and for Adults at a Café Coffee Day!", Cafe Chronicle (2013).
"Role-playing in Storytelling" (2013).
"The Value of the Multi-Discipline Approach to Research", Conference Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, Annual Meeting (Sept 2013).
"Ethnographic Videoconferencing" (Nov 2012).
"Aspects of the Storytelling Revival in India" (August 2011).
"Using Storytelling to Encourage Reading" (2011).
"Theories of Story and Storytelling" (2011).
"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).
"Ideas for Chennai
Sangamam" (Jan 2009). About a
folk performing arts festival in Tamil Nadu,
"Conducting Folklore 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.
", Conference Proceedings, Kanyakumari Academy of Arts and Sciences, Annual Meeting (Oct 2004). Co-authored with Murugan Narayanan Kaani.
"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).
"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
about the Tour is here.
New editions of the Tour are being planned -- to parts of the route, and to the entire route.
us if you might be interested in joining, or helping to organise, an edition
of the Tour.
Storytelling for/by/with Adults.
Storytelling and Counselling.