Joy in Jaipur: Story-telling at Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival 2016
Renowned author of children’s books conducted five story telling sessions for different age groups at the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival.
I have just come back from participating in Bookaroo, India’s best loved children’s literature festival. Bookaroo was presented by Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), produced by the Bookaroo Trust and sponsored by ZeeQ. I was the only writer from Odisha to have been invited to this popular festival which was attended by 17 speakers from four countries and was held at JKK, Jaipur.
I conducted five story telling sessions during the festival, for different age groups, under the Kahaani Tree, an idyllic spot under a huge canopy for spinning and imbibing yarns! One of the sessions for the age group 8 to 10 years was based on my book A Perfect Match published by Pratham Books. The tale of a hockey match with a twist in its tail was lapped up by the 300 odd children.
In another session I told my perennial favourite Paplu, the Giant, also published by Pratham, to a younger group. The story of the giant who believed in fighting without fighting was enjoyed by the kids, their parents as well as grandparents.
The other stories were a concoction of a friendly ghost who loved math and mithai, a magic pebble which taught the devil a value, a lazy lion who lost a whisker and a cloud which went in search of a smile….
I conducted five story telling sessions during the festival for different age groups. It was such a thrill to see my eclectic audience respond to my stories with unadulterated enthusiasm and unbridled energy. Each session, with its interludes of shouting and singing and dancing, was impeccably mastilicious. Later, I had a great time giving interviews to the media, signing books, posing for selfies and interacting with my ‘fans’.
The next day the print media covered the festival extensively. Dainik Bhaskar was so impressed with one of my tales A Perfect Match, published by Pratham Books, that it carried a gist of the story in its columns!
Khushboo Bharat Chokhani, one of the visitors to Bookaroo, who picked up my book We Are Different, published by NBT posted on Facebook :
Recently I bought this book called “We are Different” written by Ramendra Kumar from Bookaroo literature festival for children held in Jaipur simply because I like the pictures and wasn’t aware of the writer or anything about the book.
After reading it I must say it’s now one of my favourite picture book with a nice story line conveying a very important message that we may not be like each other but we like each other.
The best part is my 10 month old son is liking this book. Finally there is an addition to “the hungry caterpillar” and “ten little fingers and ten little toes.” He gets more excited when I do voice modulation and all possible sound effects with my little throat.
Beautifully illustrated and written… “We are Different” by Ramendra Kumar.
My cup (of joy in Jaipur) runneth over!!
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