Kohima, June 25: Bookaroo, India’s most – loved and first children festival will make its debut in North East India at Kohima from October 25 to 27 next in association with The Kohima Institute and supported Government of Nagaland.
It is likely to take place at Raj Bhavan. This was announced during a press conference here Monday afternoon.
The proposed children literature festival at Kohima is all set to bring together yet another section of celebrated children’s author, illustrators, poets, performers and story tellers from all corners of India.
The organizers informed that the festival is packed with interactive and hands-on- activities that will be run by the literary stars themselves.
The organizers want to make this festival an annual programme in the state.
Some key speakers, children book writers, illustrators and story tellers, who will be in Kohima for the festival include Amar Chitra Katha – India’s favorite comic book, who have been illustrating and telling stories to children for 50 years now, Ameen ul Haque – story tellers extraordinaire from Bengaluru, Canato Jimo – illustrator and art director at Pratham books, Parnab Mukherjee – curator, performance consultant, Praba Ram – a children’s writer, Qissebaazi, Rituparna Ghosh, Roopa Pai, Kavitha Mandana, Vishii Rita Krocha and Easterine Kire- noted Naga poet and author who is a winner of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018.
“The programme is curated to fulfill our belief that there is a book for every child and that our role is to help them find that book. It is every children’s joy to let imagination roam freely when the magic of books come alive,” the orgaisers said.
The three days Kohima Children Literature festival engages children in the age group of 4 to 14 years. It would have more than 40 sessions.
The first day of the festival is dedicated to authors visiting various schools (outreach).
The second day is a packed session involving not only books but many other activities that engages the creativity of young minds.
The last day of the festival is a day for family.
The press conference was addressed by Swati Roy, M. Venkatesh (both festival director and co-founder of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival) and Dr. Kekhrie Yhome, Trustee and president, The Kohima Institute.
Bookaroo is a festival that celebrates books. Born in a bookshop in New Delhi in 2008, it has become India’s first festival of children’s literature.
(Page News Service)