Stories are the most fascinating medium to engage and communicate
I named my storytelling initiative Golpo Tales Unlimited in 2014 after my favourite companions from my childhood, Golpos from Kolkata ( Golpo means stories in Bengali), aimed at taking stories and storytelling to children and adults.
I often try and integrate multiple elements like narration, music, drama and movement to make my storytelling sessions more interesting. I believe in widening children’s imagination and keeping them highly engaged and thus these sessions seamlessly flow between fun and learning.
My repertoire for children includes inspirational stories, traditional tales, mythology, biographies and more. Collaborating with children books publishers like Karadi Tales, Tulika publications, I have been able to interact with school children through storytelling, literature festivals, theatre workshops and other events across the globe.
Stories are often seen as just for children. However, adults appreciate stories and find them engaging, entertaining and relaxing. Stories help create motivation, develop empathy, shift perspectives and behaviours in adults.
From folklore to mythology to inspirational and motivational stories, there exists a variety of stories that can be adapted for different types of occasions and scenarios exclusively for adults.
Sessions like Melody and Memory, Kitchen Tales, Unnal Mudiyum Thangachi (for homemakers), One Step at a Time ( for students), Katha Kelu Katha Kelu ( for women Police personnel), The Other Sita, Taboodana Tales, Margazhi Trails, Agni has garnered a wide sense of appreciation.