Usha Venkatraman is Mumbai’s leading Storyteller and a self-taught puppeteer with over 23 years of experience, performing traditional stories, folktales, and myths for children and adults. Usha uses puppets as an educational tool to fill her stories with drama and music, both to educate and to engage her audience. She has performed at various festivals in India, including the Bookaroo International Children’s festival, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the Chennai Storytelling Festival, and the Kathakar International Storytelling Festival New Delhi. Internationally, Usha has performed in Sweden, Hawaii, New York, Singapore, and Sydney.
More details about her are available on her website www.puppetwonders.com.
Kiran loves telling stories to anyone, at anytime and anywhere. She especially loves telling folktales as she believes they contain the collective wisdom of society. Apart from performances to all age groups, she also conducts storytelling workshops for children and adults.
Kiran grew up in Singapore and has trained as a social worker and educator. She has lived and worked in the United States, Japan and Sri Lanka.
Kiran started her professional career as a storyteller in Singapore 20 years ago and has been called one of the “Godmothers of Storytelling’ in Singapore. She was involved in promoting storytelling in Singapore and nurtured many tellers since 2000. She has helped organise storytelling conferences and was the founder-president of the Storytelling Association Singapore in 2006.
She has participated in numerous conferences and festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Kenya and Australia.
Kiran continues to share her stories in her new home in Australia in art galleries, schools, cafes and even at pubs!