Vayu Naidu received Europe’s first doctorate in oral traditions and performance Storytelling from The University of Leeds 1994. Her post-doctoral method was awarded the Humanities Faculty Award for teaching and her work with Chennai Tsunami survivors in 2005. Her plays for BBC Radio 4 are informed by her work in Prisons and Battered women’s shelters. She was the first Sage-in Residence at Eton College in 2013. Working with classical and contemporary music orchestras with Storytelling, she is now Research Associate at SOAS. Her novel Sita’s Ascent was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award (Penguin:2013). Her second novel is The Sari of Surya Vilas.