“Katha” means “story” in Nepali. “Satha” is part of a playful colloquial Nepali expression which places the consonant “s” in front of any word to connotate, “etc.” or “and other related things.”
So, what is Katha Satha about-sabout?
Katha Satha is about working with the youth, emerging writers, first-time writers, self-proclaimed-non-writing writers and anyone with an interest in the written word to find their voices and tell their stories. It also believes in the importance and power of writing and encouraging creative writing at the school and community level.
Inspired by 826 Valencia and the Writing Centre at Columbia University, Katha Satha gives importance to one-on-one interaction between writers at all stages. It believes that seasoned writers, both Nepalis and non-Nepalis, have something to give back to new and young writers to keep the cycle of transference and collaboration strong. Katha Satha has worked with established oraganisations to encourage writers to confidently express themselves in written stories and build a strong ownership over their work by honoring them through a final product or celebration: be it a reading, a presentation, a printed material or something on the website.
Currently a multi-city tote bag and online oraganisation, Katha Satha strives to grow to provide the services of a versatile community writing centre. It strives to work extensively with Nepali schools, parents and teachers to inspire students to write and nurture their relationship with writing. It also hopes to collaborate with local and foreign writers, artists and organizations to continue to run creative writing, reading, telling workshops and in the process, build a large community of storytellers, each with their own special language.
Let the writing-swriting begin!