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Amidst Gadgets & Gizmos, This Storyteller Is Educating The Crowd Through Oral Stories

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What Makes It Awesome

Humans have been telling stories since ages as a way to connect, entertain, and communicate important information. However, in a world of gadgets and gizmos, this art, kind of lost its sheen. But Deepa Kiran is keeping this age-old tradition alive and giving it a national and international platform.

The journey started when she was 13, which got followed by other things before finally coming back to what she really wanted to do at a later stage. She studied BSc in Nutrition from the Osmania University, worked in All India Radio, taught 11th and 12th-grade students, took the corporate job but it was her first performance in Nashik in 2008 that made her rethink about being a storyteller. She, along with her team, organised a camp which was dance-cum-storytelling. They expected 15 children but 28 turned up. What really boosted Deepa was the opportunity that came from Scholastic where the crowd was heterogeneous — from a 10-year-old student to a 60-year-old principal. Knowing four languages — Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, and English — worked as an advantage for Deepa.

She travelled across the globe and spread the power of this effective tool for almost a decade. And now, this changemaker, whose narration is accompanied by dance and music, has her own foundation ‘Story Arts India’ where she conducts online events talking about the art and craft of storytelling.