The power of Storytelling
GOKULAM ENGLISH|November 2016

Vikram Sridhar is a performance storyteller and theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. He has been working with a number of theatre groups across India for about a decade. He is now the co-founder of Tahatto, a Bangalorebased theatre group.

1) How, when and why did you get interested in storytelling?

Storytelling for me means an intersection of theatre, ethology, and connecting with people. My childhood was filled with stories and I loved reading stories as well. This is why I was interested in watching contemporary plays and later starting my own theatre group Tahatto in 2009 along with four other friends. There was a lot of stereotyping in the way animals were portrayed through storytelling. The urge to question the practice and to change it to a way that breaks stereotypes is what led me to look at storytelling deeper and begin a journey in it.

2) Is storytelling an art or a craft? Explain...

Both. It’s an art that has been passed from generation to generation and used as a strong medium to connect people. And a craft because like a basket a storyteller has to weave his/her story that’s different to another weaver. The challenge before the storyteller is to leave his signature through the patterns he weaves. A right mix of art and craft takes the story a long distance.

3) Was it hard to switch career paths from being a management graduate to pursue your passion?

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