When Usha Venkatraman comes in with her bagful of puppets, even an adult is curious as to what she's going to take out of that bag! A lovely collection of stories, Usha's tales from the Katha tree succeed in capturing the children's attention and involve them more with the story. It isn't just about the fun factor, but its about knowing new things! We particularly enjoy her Indian Gods and Goddesses stories - her puppets are so colourful! Her actions, expressions and movements are excellent! A story ought to give the listener a "whole experience" and that is what Usha's stories give us.

Rehna Abdul Kareem (Centre Head) - Hippocampus Children's Co. - Chennai

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Hundreds of Swedish teachers had the privilege to listen to Ushas inspiring workshops. We learned a lot and have a good basis to continue the storytelling in our schools. She also gave performances during her tour to Sweden and presented stories from Panchatantra and made them live for a very satisfied audience. She also told stories of Divali at a storytelling festival for storytellers from Sweden. She helped very much to spread the warmth and light to us in the cold North.

Ola Henricsson - teacher and storyteller, in charge of the Indian/Swedish collaboration concerning storytelling.

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Usha Venkatraman uses puppet theatre and colourful glove puppets that can communicate to the youngest of children. She brings popular stories to life, interspersed with snippets of song, peppered with popular tunes that ring a bell of familiarity and make the age old tales connect to contemporary audiences.

– India Book House

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We had puppeteer, Ms. Usha Venkatraman put up wonderful puppet shows for our kids. Through her puppet shows, she taught the children different values, and how to respect our environment. The children truly enjoyed the puppet shows and learnt a lot from her. Usha was truly entertaining and at the same time very insightful. Her conduct was very professional and she was a joy to be with over the summer. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

- Akanksha - A ray of sunshine for less privileged children

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Bommallattum is the brainchild of Usha Venkatraman. Her interest in children led her to train in early childhood education, psychoanalysis and observational studies in young children. A kindergarten teacher by profession, an experiment with Indian puppets led her to using puppetry as an educational tool. From the introduction to Indian classical music to Indian festivals and animal shows, she is a pioneer in value-based education through the folk form of puppetry.

- India Book House