Jeeva Raghunath (India) Not only does Jeeva tell stories, she is also a teacher, writer and inspirational speaker. Beginning at the tender age of five, her inimitable style has consistently garnered kudos from excited audiences across the world. She is the prop in her stories; her style involves the animated and dramatic keeping of the audience spellbound.
Jeeva is a trilingual virtuoso storyteller who has successfully worked with children across the world for the most part of her adult life. She disarmingly tells stories in French, English and Tamil - a regional Indian language. Highly reputed in India, her repertoire includes a range of Indian and Asian & European folk tales, family & true-life, cross-culture and modern stories. The 53 year old’s professional experience spans four nations from India to Singapore, Malaysia and the USA. She has authored several children’s books besides translating 17 books from English into Tamil.
Some of Jeeva’s her works include Malli, a bi-lingual book in Tamil and EnglishGadagada Gudugudu, in Tamil and Kasakasa parapara, a book in verse based on the Tamil tertiary letters. Jeeva has also produced some audio tapes and DVDs; Stories from India with Roger Jenkins-Drama plus arts-Singapore and Tales of child devotees among others. The graduate from Madras University has taught in several schools and is internationally known as a tutor, facilitator, mentor, motivational speaker, author and animator who makes use of stories and the art of storytelling in corporate business contexts, communication skills training, language development, marketing, public speaking presentation skills and therapeutic processes.
She is a founder member of the World Storytelling Institute – Chennai. Sigana International Storytelling Festival (SISF) marks her first performance visit to the African continent.