Published: 01st May 2019
How Mithya uses theatre and storytelling to sort out management issues is mind-boggling
Discover the power of storytelling through KVM Kishore's workshops. He doesn't just work with corporates, he works with students as well
Parents, the magic of Mithya comes to Hyderabad today as KVM Kishore has initiated their third workshop for kids and this time, it's in the City of Nizams. Are you wondering who or what this is? Well, let me fill you in. After the monotony of a corporate life finally got to him, Bengaluru-based KVM Kishore took his faith in storytelling to another level. He quit his job and started Mithya, a management consulting firm that helps other companies understand their challenges better. What's different about them is that they use theatre and storytelling methods to do this. "For example, let's say we have a catering group that needs to launch a new menu. Instead of giving them internet-based inputs, we tell them stories of each dish, experiences and more so that they can use that framework to innovate further," explains Kishore, who was born in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, and that's just a small part of what they do.
Group selfie: Kishore with participants | (Pic: KVM Kishore)
Coming to their children's workshop, the 36-year-old tells us how one of the biggest concerns for parents today is that their children might not share what they are going through. "So, our workshops are about helping parents and children reach out to each other," says Kishore as he briefs us about the five-day workshop that starts today. The five different aspects that will be touched upon will be communication, confidence, truthfulness, spontaneity and humour. "Very few groups focus on comedy, which needs to be seen as a life skill that can navigate one through difficult times, so we want to inculcate that as well," says Kishore, who is also a stand-up comedian. Since his college days, he has always been inclined towards the performing arts — this founding member of Indian Improv Tribe has performed at over 300 improv shows.
Kishore has been based out of Bengaluru for about 15 years now
Mithya is already working with a few schools in Bengaluru to promote the inclusion of storytelling in faculty development programmes and teaching modules. Speaking about working with children, Kishore, who has an MBA from MP Birla Institute of Management, says, "It is just so exciting, there is never a dull moment when kids are involved. More than storytelling, it becomes a story participation activity as they like to get involved too."
For more on him, click on facebook.com/kvm.kishore