Introducing children to literature

Showcasing a festival that aims to open up the world of children’s literature to school students.

SCRAP ARTA giant bull made of automobile mechanical scrap parts greets visitors at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.Photo: Paul Noronha

SCRAP ART :A giant bull made of automobile mechanical scrap parts greets visitors at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.Photo: Paul Noronha

The decade-old Kala Ghoda Festival, known for bringing together the arts in Mumbai, now aims to introduce school students to children’s literature in India and across the globe through interaction with various authors.

In its ongoing edition, which ends on Sunday, the Festival is hosting several authors and illustrators of children’s literature, who are conducting workshops for students to help inculcate the culture of reading.

“Last year in recognition of growing children’s literature genre, we started a literature section for them at the fest. As a follow up this year authors and illustrators from Australia, France and Singapore will interact with school children,” Lubaina Bandukwala, Curator, Children’s Literature, Kala Ghoda festival told PTI.

Spread over a span of nine days, the authors plan to visit five schools in the vicinity in a customised Kala Ghoda car and conduct writing and illustration workshops. Organisers said this initiative was being undertaken for the first time.

“School students these days are exposed to Harry Potter, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. First thing they go to a book store is to pick up Harry Potter books because that’s what they know of. Rarely do they know about books for children by Indian authors. This initiative will help bridge the gap between Indian authors of children’s books and school students. It will also give a platform to Indian literature for children,” she said.

Authors Kavitha Mandana, Shalini Srinivasan, Balaji Venkataraman, illustrator Nayantara Surendranath and Australian children’s book writer Ken Spillman are among many lined up to conduct writing and illustration workshops across schools in South Mumbai.



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