NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The 2nd Chandigarh Children Literature Festival (CCLF-2015) is in town. Its Joint Organizers – Adab Foundation & Dikshant International School, Zirakpur have drawn out a comprehensive schedule for this literary fiesta. It kicked off today & will go on till Jan 31 at Kalagram. The inaugural event today witnessed a huge audience comprising of about 800 children from different schools of the tricity. Mr. David Lelliott, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh inaugurated the fiesta along-with Mr. Mitul Dikshit, Chairman, Adab Foundation & Ms Anita Roy, Festival Director by lighting the lamp. Later Mr Lelliott conducted a book reading session in which he engaged the young audience by reading excerpts from the books ‘Three Little Pigs’ & ‘Chicken Licken’. Several imaginative sessions were held today and most of these witnessed maximum participation from the audience as all these went interactive. The festival has brought to Chandigarh top names of the children literary world from all across the country.
Dressed in white attire, Delhi based story tellers Ankit Chaddha and Poonam Girdhani initiated the first session of the second edition of the CCLF- 2015, wherein they mesmerized the audience, mostly children, with a story ‘Dastan Alice Ki’ in an inimitable Urdu-Persian style known as ‘Dastangoi’. The unique feature that kept the children engrossed in the session was their participation in the session. They appreciated the act not in the form of clapping but as ‘Wah Wah’ which was awe inspiring and a whole new experience for them. Names of the characters – safed and siyah rani, and imitating the voices of rabbit, cat, monkey offered the much required giggles to the tiny tots.
Anushka Ravishankar’s interactive session witnessed a huge participation by the children who created an on-the-spot story ‘Detective Mangoman’ and cracked the story of a missing girl wherein Detective Mangoman finds the culprit. Children were so engaged in the act that each and every child wanted to contribute to the story. The exercise showcased how creative these young minds are! Paro Anand, the prolific author and great story teller further carried on the enthusiasm and put in the picture the story of Arjun, a below average student but the winner of national IQ test through her book ‘The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Genius.’ The reason behind sharing the story with the children was to explain that some students/children may not be good academically but they can be truly intellectual and can turn out to be great achievers in future. She even made the kids participate while explaining them about the difference in dialects and how funny some words can be in different languages. Paro explained it with her personal experience wherein when she migrated to Malaysia with her family one of the weirdest words she came across was ‘Susu’ that stood for milk in the local language.
Mr. Mitul Dikshit, Chairman, Adab Foundation & Dikshant International School said, “The main motive of this festival is to expose children & parents alike to the best talent in ‘Children Literature World.’ The children today listened with rapt attention & also engaged in different activities that the authors conducted. These are events that can ignite an interest in kids towards reading as well as writing, which is the motive. Adab Foundation has also announced the results of the pre festival of ‘The Budding Writers’ in fiction and poetry categories. The students have been awarded in 2 age groups (10- 13) Years and (14-16) Years.”
Priya Kuriyan, well known independent film maker & illustrator based in Delhi talked about the art of illustrations in Children writings. She competently dwelled on nuances of illustrations in the session titled ‘Picture This.’ Mariam Karim Ahlawat a well-known author conducted ‘A musical play reading’ session for the young audience. Kamal Pruthi conducted a concurrent Creative Writing workshop at Dikshant International School, Zirakpur. The other workshops seen today were Utter Clutter –creating characters with papers, Kavita Singh Kale held Ranganna: Paper Cut out & Ranganna: My facebook Friends, My best friend in my city. Anushka Ravishankar conducted a workshop ‘Creating a Cool Detective’.
The Chandigarh Children Literature Festival will witness some very creative sessions and workshops on its last day tomorrow. Authors like Gurpreet Kaur, Rabbani Garg, Soumya Menon, Mathangi Subramanian, Judy Balan & Manasi Subramaniam are slated to take Kalagram by storm.