Go to Kathalaya, Bangalore to hear stories and to learn how to tell stories.
All of you must be knowing how simple is to teach children by telling them stories.Once upon a time it was a job of Grandpa and Grandma to tell stories , because they did not have any job to do .Much much before the world knew about art of story telling , India knew it. In fact one of the greatest collection of folk stories of the world called “Brihat Katha Manjari” (The huge bouquet of stories) “ was written in a language called Paisachi , which existed prior to Sanskrit . You all know how India kept the lamp of her religion burning bright through story telling –The story of Rama, The story of Krishna, The Story of the goddess and so on,. When majority of Indians did not know how to read Sanskrit , a group of minstrels called Hari Katha exponents roamed all over the country telling these stories to the common people in the common language. Yes, the art of story telling still exists in India but a time has come when we are not able to attract modern children and lads and lasses by following the traditional method. So there came a need for a group of expert story tellers with sophistication,.Kathalaya (the home of the stories) grew out of that need. Smt.Geetha Ramanujam nurtured the story telling plant called Kathalaya. Now it has grown in to a huge banyan tree with several branches as there was a need for such a tree. Kathalaya realized that it cannot go to all places to tell stories and train people. So just like teaching the art of growing food is better than direct supply of food to people, Kathalaya started training people to tell stories. I understand 70,000 opeople have been trained. Here is a Small poem that I wrote about them:-
Once upon a time in the state of Magadha,
There were five princes who were fools ,
And the king wanted them to be made wise,
In a period of six months sharp.
A great wise man undertook that job ,
And told the five princes within that six months,
Five stories which encapsulated lot of wisdom,
And at the end of that period , those princes wise.
Are there any such great tellers great ,
Still in our country vast and great ,
Who would be able to make all of us ,
AS wise as those princes of yore.
Yes , there is in this city of Bangalore,
And she runs Kathalaya-the home of stories,
She was once upon a time teaching school kids ,
And she found that the best way to teach kids,
Was to tell them a story so that they understand.
Once she told , Hey children learn lot of lingua ,
And they did not understand and were staring at her,
She told them how when her kittens were attacked,
By a fierce dog, the cat barked and chased him away and they understood
She started telling them stories to teach science,
She made the difficult maths easy through stories,
And all the kids who came to know her,
Felt at ease to learn everything to stories.
Knowing that she alone cannot transfer knowledge ,
To each and every one , by telling them stories,
She started teaching lots and lots of people ,
How to transfer knowledge to others through stories.
All the world sent their teachers to get ,
Trained under her so that the struggle,
They used to have to train every one ,
Became easy through story telling.
The Banyan tree of the “Home of stories”,
Grew every where by striking roots ,
In Very many countries of the world,
And awards and recognition for it grew
This organization is in Bangalore . So you can always send your children to heat their stories or even get trained by that Institution. You can contact them in Bangalore:-
88 , BHBCS Layout
2nd Cross, 3rd Main
Banerghatta Road, Bengaluru
Call us: +91-80 2668 9856/ +91-8277389840