Sharada K. Eswar
Sharada's passion for words, spoken and written, began at an early age. She hosted her first Children's Program on All India Radio when she was 11. A trained Indian classical musician (Carnatic School), she was part of the team representing India at the India Abroad show in Paris and New York. She was also one of the three chosen by the Centres Culturels des Lions Clubs de Paris to present Indian culture in France. Since then, Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally, drawing on her own South Asian ancestry and heritage. Recently she curated and hosted Kootir, South Asian Storytelling, at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling. She has been invited by Royal Ontario Museum to be a speaker for their Ornamenting the Ordinary Program. Through the Ontario Arts Council,’s Artist in Education program, she teaches storytelling through shadow puppetry and Narrative Writing for the Toronto District School Board's International Languages Program. Sharada is a published children’s author: her book, Ram's Caps, was recently published by Harcourt, Canada and she is working on two graphic novels – The Close Alliance and Prince Rama and the Demon King for Rubicon Publishing, Canada. An Associate Artist with Theatre Direct, Toronto and the Playwright-in-Residence at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, she is currently working on Abhimanyu, a commissioned play inspired by an episode in the Mahabharata. With Jumblies, Sharada was a storyteller and story-gatherer, Tamil cultural guide and translator, and singer of Traditional Tamil songs for the 2011 production of Like An Old Tale, and continues as a core artist in the Scarborough Community Arts Guild.