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Indian traditions of storytelling in comparison to western traditions

Tue 08th Aug 2017
11:00am - 12:30pm

Australia India Institute, Upstairs Seminar Room

147-149 Barry Street, Carlton VIC

About the talk: 

Join us as Vayu Naidu discusses Indian storytelling in comparison to western traditions. In this talk, she will be investigating Indian, western and African oral and literary traditions. Vayu will branch out on how the imagination works, and how migration keeps these traditions alive. 

About the speaker: 

Vayu Naidu is a novelist, playwright and performance storyteller whose work celebrates the ancient oral traditions. A research associate in the Department of Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS University of London, her work has included examining the re-imaginings of Indian epics and world myths in English and the role of stories and storytelling as a bridge in multilingual contexts, such as education, prisons, immigration and domestic violence. She ran the Vayu Naidu Intercultural Storytelling Theatre from 2001-2012. Her work is digitally archived by the South Asian Diaspora Arts and Archives. Her plays and music have been broadcast and staged. Vayu Naidu’s previous novel, Sita’s Ascent, was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. She lives in London, as well as at Mammallapuram. She can be found at