Usha and Aparna demonstrated how storytelling can be used a fun yet powerful tool for learning science concepts. Student got the opportunity to observe what is happening in a story through pictures or visual imagery, predict outcomes based on existing knowledge, evaluate what has taken place from different perspectives, and draw conclusions from the events as a whole.
Usha Venkatraman is Mumbai's leading Storyteller and a self-taught puppeteer with over 23 years of experience, performing traditonal stories, folktales, and myths for children and adults. Usha uses puppets as an educational tool to ll 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.
Aparna is an award winning storyteller, educator, children’s author and a life coach. She is a computer science engineer who worked in the software industry for 15 years, after which she moved to the eld of training and development. She is a TEDx speaker on Storytelling and Multiple Intelligence. She is the President and Founder Member of Bangalore Storytelling Society and on the advisory panel of Chennai Storytelling Association. She has been telling stories at several public platforms including the Chennai Storytelling Festival, Bengaluru Storytelling Festival, CGK Rashtriya Rangotsava, Coimbatore International Festival, Cracker-Jack Festival Bookaroo Festival to name a few.