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storyteller, story lovers, and story listeners
Featured Author: Srijaya Char
Srijaya Char is basically an educator, loves children and writing for
children. She is presently the head of a prestigeous school in Bangalore, India
a child centred education without stress on only academics.
Education: B SC. M A, M Ed
Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism-Oxford
College of Education- Calcutta
Diploma in Book Publishing-Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,Bombay
Certificate course in the teaching of English -
Regional Institute of English-Bangalore.
Publications: Several publications in local newspapers
and magazines on children, women's issues, education
and psychology. Interested in poetry writing.
Srijaya Char's works can be viewed through google.com.
Several poems appear on the web page of poetry.com
Enjoy this informational article
A Storyteller's Voice from India
by Srijaya Char
: Storytellers, story lovers and
story listeners live all over the world. You can
imagine my delight when I received a message from a
storyteller who lives in India. I asked her to write
me about her storytelling and about herself. What
follows is the portion of an article by Srijaya Char
and her short autobiography.
Storytelling is indeed an art. But once parents master
this art, it pays to use one’s imagination. I have
evolved my own strategies of story telling, first for
my children and later the grandchildren.
My background in storytelling. During my early school
years, our grandmother told us stories from our epics.
My sister and I would sit on the threshold of the
kitchen door with a book in our hands, and she would
narrate stories. It never bothered us that she was not
sitting next to us or that the pictures in the books were not attractive. It was the story that mattered.
Whenever we had a query,she used to cast a backward
glance and continue the story. In the present cultural
context, this is not storytelling. Eye contact is a
must with today’s children. My grandson demands that I
sit next to him while telling the story from his book,
which is very attractive and colourful. He also wants
me to ask him questions. Further, he wants me to mimic
while I am reading.
Excerpts from an article about storytelling written by
With the growth of nuclear families, parents find it
difficult to come up with original ideas for telling
good stories. However, Indian fables, myths, folktales
and epics provide an incredible source of children’s
stories. Therefore, we must ourselves read enough
stories to find what appeals to our children. We
should not forget that voice modulation and mimicking
is more enjoyable for children than the mere content.
One-lined picture book stories are the ones that are
most appealing to the two to three year-old kids.
There is paucity of such books in our country. The Dr.
Seuss Books (USA) and Scholastic Books for kids have
become very popular in the United States, mainly due
to eye-catchy visuals.
Repetitive tales: Repetition is particularly popular
with the young. Typical of the repetitive story is the
familiar Ginger Bread Man story. The hero repeats,
“Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me I am
the Gingerbread man.” A similar story is told in our
own country called The Crow and The Sparrow story. The
crow asks the sparrow to open the door and the sparrow
gives many reasons for not responding.
Animal tales: These deal with animal exhibiting human
faults and qualities, so that children can identify
with them easily. Nowadays many of the popular cartoon
characters that have taken over Indian television are
animals. Quick movements and violent actions of these
characters have a hypnotic effect on children and I
would not advise them getting addicted to viewing them
for more than 15 minutes at a stretch.
How and why stories: These are called “pour quoi”
stories. Most of these stories are closely related to
myths. They tell us why an eclipse occurs, or why the
sun and moon live in the sky etc. While the eclipse
story is taken from the Hindu mythology with Rahu and
Ketu as characters, the latter one originates from
Africa. A charming Chinese story tells, “How the Camel
Got His Proud Look” and a Norwegian story explains
“Why Sea Water is Salty.”
Literary tales: These stories are more appropriate for
the older children. For instance, the fantasies of
Hans Christian Andersen or the Greek collection of
Aesop’s Fables are enjoyed by children and even adults
the world over. Aesop was a Greek slave who lived
about sixth century BC.
Fables of India: The “Panchatantra” stories contain
the earliest recorded fables of India originating
prior to sixth century BC. The “Hitopadesha” is
another rearrangement of “The Panchatantra” with a few
additional stories that date from the tenth century.Next come the 500 “Jataka Tales” which are a series of
animal stories describing the lessons of life that
Gautama Buddha preached.
Myths: Myths are attempts of primitive people to
explain the nature of the world around them. Many of
them are a part of religions and ancient cultures.
Since they relate to mythology and religion, they are
a bit heavy to understand. But, the interplay of human
emotions in these myths have universal appeal.
Hindu mythology: The Ramayana and Mahabharata form the
backbone of Hindu heritage. They have many stories
within themselves which immensely appeal to kids of
all ages. Every kid has a rough idea of these epics.
And parents can weave some original modern-day stories
All these and much more! We can enthrall children with
stories made up at the spur of the moment. Stories
which will inculcate the right values in them.
This lovely storyteller, Srijaya Char, writes about
I am basically a teacher. Started teaching in the year
1960. I am ancient, you know. I am now 62 years old. I
have been publishing articles since the time I was a
girl. Most of the Indian magazines know my name. Even
newspapers. I have an MA in English Literature and an
M Ed. I have risen to the position of a Joint Director
in a Progressive High School, in charge of Academy and
Administration. I am aware of the ethics of
journalism. I have a diploma in Book Publishing and
also in Mass Communication and Journalism. I have also
published a book. I have two children - one son and
one daughter. My daughter lives in USA with her
husband and two kids. My son stays with us on the
first floor. He has a kid (girl). My son, daughter,
son-in-law and daughter-in-law are all Engineers. All
earning and independent. Grandkids are in the age
group of four and a half, one and a half and two and a
half. I love telling them stories. That's my best
pastime. I still work. My husband retired as the chief
engineer of the Indian Railways. We are a very happy
family. I have been married for the past 40 years.
That's me. Anything else you want to know. I live in
Bangalore the capital metropolitan city of South
India. The State is Karnataka. My father was a
Professor too. My three sisters also teach. We are a
teaching family. How do you like that?
Note from the Editor: If you would like to
get in touch with Srijaya Char, you may e-mail her at
Thank you, Srijaya!