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Kamini Ramachandran
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Kamini Ramachandran (Singapore, MoonShadow Stories)

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Kamini Ramachandran is co-founder of MoonShadow Stories. She is the Artistic Director for the Singapore International Storytelling Festival, and a founding member, four-term president (2008-20012) and current Vice-President (2012-present) of the Storytelling Association (Singapore). She is an adjunct artist educator at LASALLE College of the Arts where she teaches her course ' The Storytelling Intensive'. MoonShadow Stories has organized World Storytelling Day in Singapore since 2005. She is currently pursuing a fulltime MA Artist Educator degree (Goldmsith's University UK).

Overseas Storytelling Engagements 2010

Shillong, Meghalaya State, North-East India 7 & 8 February 2011: Kamini was invited by the Martin Luther Christian University in Shillong to conduct a storytelling and career guidance counselling workshop together with Dr.Gideon Arulmani. She also told traditional Khasi tribal tales at a public storytelling performance organized by The Shillong Performing Arts Society. Kamini re-told the folktale of U-Thlen (The Maneating Snake) and The Purple Crest (How Rooster saved the day). The highlight of this magical trip to Meghalaya State was her visit to the Living Roots Bridge in Mawlynnong and to The Sacred Forest in Mawphlang.


Edinburgh, Scotland from 22 to 31 October 2010: Kamini has been invited by The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh to participate in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2010 from 22 October to 31 October. She will be representing both Malaysia and Singapore at this Festival. She is excited and proud to showcase and share her versatile repertoire of the region's oral traditional stories as well as her deep knowledge of Malaya/Singapura folktales at this prestigious Festival.
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Bangalore, India from 8 to 10 October 2010. Kamini has been invited by the organizers of the JIVA International Conference 2010 to introduce storytelling concepts for careers counselors. Kamini is working on a tandem keynote session with Gideon Arulmani, the Conference Chair, where she will be storytelling and he will be speaking. She is looking forward to opening up the world of storytelling for counseling workers and introducing specific traditional tales that echo the careers and vocations theme.

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At 3:30am on July 24, 2011, Kamini Ramachandran said…

Ramayana, The Asian Epic

The Ramayana travelled from India to China and all of South East Asia and greatly influenced most of Asia’s storytelling genres from wayang kulit to dance to puppetry and masks. Adapted by Kamini for the Singapore International Storytelling Festival 2011, this great epic of love, adventure, demons and kings will be retold by Singapore’s best loved storytellers. Leave the Kingdom of Ayodhya and enter the Dandaka Forest and travel to the Island of Lanka with royal princes, a kidnapped princess, a monkey general and of course the ten-headed leader of the rakshasa demons! Be enchanted and be transported into the realm of ancient legend!



At 3:23am on July 24, 2011, Kamini Ramachandran said…

Myths Within: Exploring The Story's Psychological Elements

A joint Keynote Address presented by Dr. Gideon Arulmani and Kamini as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival 2011.

At 3:20am on July 24, 2011, Kamini Ramachandran said…

Touching Tales: Storytelling As A Culturally Resonant Counselling Technique

A full day workshop presented by Dr. Gideon Arulmani and Kamini as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival 2011.

At 4:40am on April 28, 2011, Kamini Ramachandran said…

Fairitize My Art: April 14th 2011 Singapore

Kamini was invited as guest of honour to officially open this art exhibition by 10 of Singapore's finest illlustrators. The theme for the exhibition was 'fairytales' and Kamini spoke about the long-standing connection between great illustrators and fairytales, and its relevance among contemporary artists. The various works of art will be at TCC #51 Circular Road, Singapore until end June 2011.


At 4:26am on April 28, 2011, Kamini Ramachandran said…

World Storytelling Day 2011: 19 & 20 March

This year MoonShadow Stories celebrated WSD at Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore, with a weekend filled with storytelling performances and workshops for families with children. Kamini and Verena told stories on the theme of WATER, sourced from different parts of the world.


At 3:24am on September 26, 2010, Kamini Ramachandran said…
Folktales from India Collected by A.K.Ramanujan
Kamini’s fascination with Indian folklore, especially those collected by eminent folklorist A.K.Ramanujan, has developed into a solo performance programme revolving around The Untold: Tales That Reveal. As a storyteller we are always telling stories. What happens when we know stories but we choose not to tell them? What happens to the stories inside us that have been carried around for a long time but remain untold? What good does it do to actually tell one’s story? What are the effects of telling tales? The traditional Indian tales in this collection explore various themes of communication and non-communication and the fundamental human need to talk and to tell and to share. She not only performs The Untold: Tales That Reveal, but also conducts workshops and talks that centre on this theme.
At 1:10am on August 27, 2010, Kamini Ramachandran said…
Special Peranakan stories for Paris Museum Exhibition
I have just completed creating a set of 8 stories revolving around the Peranakan culture. These stories are to be told in French (translated version) at the Musee Du Quai Branly, France from October 2010 onwards for the Baba Bling exhibition. The Peranakan Museum, Singapore approached me to work on the stories suitable for telling to varying audiences. The stories I created are reflections of a young Nyonya girl and her matriarch Grandmother. The tales mention nearly all the items at the exhibition and delve into various motifs and symbolism, as well as traditional cosmetic items, beaded shoes, sarong kebaya clothing, kerosang brooches and even sambal belachan recipe! I hope the MQB visitors enjoy my stories as much as I enjoyed creating them.
At 4:39am on August 25, 2010, Kamini Ramachandran said…
Ramayana and Kamini
I was approached this year by the National Heritage Board of Singapore to create a suitable version of The Ramayana epic for public audiences for their Open House dates throughout the year. The Ramayana Revisited: A Tale of Love & Adventure special exhibition was held at The Peranakan Museum's galleries. It was a fabulous challenge to create content for 6 different tellers located at six different sections of the exhibition telling six different chapters of the story! To date, the Ramayana storytelling has been conducted over weekends in March, July and August.
At 7:57am on July 7, 2010, Kamini Ramachandran said…




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