Vayu Naidu discovered storytelling in her home city, Chennai. In 2001 she founded Vayu Naidu Company, to promote storytelling as theatre, with a signature style combining text, music and dance.
Its inaugural production, South, was written and performed with musician Orphy Robinson. Later productions include: Mistaken, Annie Besant in India (which toured India and the UK in 2007); and Bhakti and the Blues (2008/09), a collaboration with singer Cleveland Watkiss.
Vayu Naidu gained a doctorate in Indian Performance Oral traditions and contemporary western theatre from Leeds University in 1988. She has since published several plays, including There Comes a Karma, When, and Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas? In 2009 the Jaipur International Literature Festival featured her solo work Mischievous Maidens.
Vayu Naidu’s work with street storytelling in India and concert performance internationally celebrates 25 years of study in Indic and world oral traditions.