Karadi Tales is an independent children’s publishing house based in Chennai, India focusing primarily on picture books and audiobooks. It was started in 1996 with an intent to create a space for Indian culture in the world of children’s publishing, by a group of writers, educators and musicians.

Since its launch, Karadi Tales titles have been consistently one of the largest selling publications in India. Many titles have sold more than 100,000 copies and most titles have crossed 20,000 copies. The audiobooks are narrated by a roster of celebrities and set to classical Indian ragas which are performed by trained musicians. To know more, check out the Artistes‘ page.

Our Initiatives

For older children, Karadi Tales offers – Charkha – a series for young adults featuring musical audiobooks based on biographies and autobiographies eminent Indians.

Dreaming Fingers is a very special series of hand-made tactile picture books with text in Braille and English. Produced in association with Lemniscaat, Netherlands, it brings a new definition to understanding pictures with its tactile picture books with Braille text for visually impaired, differently-abled and the youngest of readers.

International Presence – Karadi Tales’s products have won several accolades worldwide. Check out details here


Shobha Viswanath

Publishing Director and co-founder of Karadi Tales Company, Shobha is passionate about picture books. A firm believer that reading should be for fun and that art enhances the reading experience, she has veered the direction of Karadi Tales to garner international reputation, while at the same time making the books a national favourite across India.

Narayan Parasuram

Creative Director and co-founder of Karadi Tales Company, Narayan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He holds a Masters degree in Material Science and a Diploma in Sound Engineering from Clemson University. Narayan composes and executes the music and soundtrack for Karadi Tales.

C.P. Viswanath

An entrepreneur, an educator, and a musician and the co-founder of both Karadi Tales Company Pvt. Ltd. and Karadi Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd., Viswanath is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Karadi Path, a company that has been innovating in the area of language learning. He is a member of the band and composer group 3 Brothers & A Violin.