FOR the third year in a row and now the first pupil to do so, Kritika Totaram has won and successfully defended her title as a master storyteller in the Ken McKenzie storytelling competition hosted by Ramatha Road Primary School. The Ken McKenzie storytelling competition is a reading and presenting initiative done to promote reading in the northern suburbs, starting in 2012, whereby schools from the northern areas are invited to compete with one another. A talented storyteller, Kritika gave a stunning performance of the Lion King opening with the Circle of Life song and using her karate discipline to showcase her talent in front of a packed audience this year to win the competition. The multi-talented Allandale Primary pupil, who assists with community work; youth programmes and volleyball coaching at school during the holidays says that she loves making people happy and finds that this is easiest through her storytelling abilities. “I love adding my own twist to the stories I tell so that the audiences are captivated,” said Kritika. Proud mother, Senieera Totaram said that Kritika’s gift for storytelling is an inspiration to their family as well as others. “She is definitely a drama queen. Along with her hard work and dedication she has been able to win this competition for the third year in a row now and we have been truly humbled by this experience,” said Totaram, who added that Kritika has an excellent memory which allows her to remember all her lines during her performances. Totaram said that her daughter is like a firework who loves being on stage ready to explode. “She has never had any formal training and has taught herself. “She is also very well balanced in all areas at school and is extremely disciplined and focused for someone so young,” said Totaram.