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KathA—A Storytelling Workshop

Offered by:

1. School of Linguistics & Literary Studies


Culture, Communication, Skill Development


45 hours over 15 weeks

Eligibility :

All interested in Indic Culture and developing skills in the Art of Storytelling. Age: 18 and above

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Everyone is a potential Storyteller. This workshop is for those who wish to explore that potential and delve into the repository Indic stories.

In the traditional context of oral transmission of stories, the kathākārs were respected as educators and entertainers, valued as much at the king’s court as the village square. A veritable ocean of stories provided for a rich cultural life. This workshop provides an opportunity to familiarise with this treasure trove of stories and the tradition of storytelling art.

In society today, with the advent of the film, TV and social media, the storyteller’s role has modified but not diminished. In fact, storytelling finds application in the corporate world, marketing and HR, Self-Help speakers, TED Talks, INK Talks, and social media platforms from YouTube to podcasts.

The course aims to equip the participant with the essential skills to become an effective storyteller. Through planned exercises, the course will introduce various genres from the vast source of Indic storytelling tradition.

Course Structure


Classes will be held twice a week for 1.5 hours for 15 weeks (45 hours in total)
Start Week: 28 Sep – 03 Oct 2020
Session Timing: Friday, Saturday | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Workshop Objectives


This workshop aims to:

  • Develop skill in the art of storytelling
  • Explore various genres of traditional Indic story sources
  • Contribute towards transmission and continuity of Indic cultural legacy 


At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Develop effective storytelling skills
  • Connect to Indic culture through storytelling
  • Compile a repertoire of stories for various occasions, audiences and platforms

Workshop Structure


The Workshop will introduce various genres of Indic ‘story’ literature and discuss aspects of culture transmission. The reading will be self-driven. Reading beyond the story of choice is expected for participation in class discussion. 

Within the limitations of an online course, aspects of performance in front of a live audience will also be highlighted.  


Access to a reasonably good internet connection to:

  • attend all the live sessions with video 
  • to watch the YouTube videos and recorded sessions

Participants will be required to join WhatsApp/Gmail discussion groups to facilitate group discussion via chat, beyond class hours.

  • Evaluation Pattern
  • Class participation 
  • Progression in skill development 
  • Final story performance  


Class Participation


Storytelling On-Going Assignments


Final Performance



A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to those who meet the completion requirements pertaining to all the segments of the workshop.


INR. 6000/- (inclusive of GST)


Dr Arundhati Mehta Sundar is an Adjunct Faculty at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth and Indian Knowledge Traditions Programme Executive and Academic Coordinator at Chinmaya International Foundation.

A physiotherapist by profession, Arundhati has a doctorate in Anatomy from Queens University, in Kingston, Canada (1995). Arundhati was the Professor and Head of the School of Physiotherapy at the KEM Hospital, University of Mumbai and taught at that institution for over 10 years (1979-89 & 1994-95).

Storyteller is one of the many hats that Arundhati wears. She is a regular volunteer storyteller in primary schools, public libraries, and Indian festival celebration events for 20+ years in the US and Singapore. Arundhati was an active participant in the Storytellers Circle of the Society for Reading and Literacy. Arundhati has conducted several Storytelling Workshops for Teachers of Hinduism and Indian Culture in USA and Singapore.

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Refund Policy

Timeline for cancellation

Refund Status*

3 days before the workshop begins

100% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

1 week into the workshop

50% of the registration fee (less administrative fee)

10 days into the workshop

No refund

*All refunds are subject to an administrative fee (10% of the registration fee).

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