The Pink City. The city of forts and palaces. Jaipur does not need an introduction at all. As Bookaroo returns from Kuching, Malaysia, straight into Jaipur for its first edition in the city, a wonderful venue awaits India’s best-loved children’s literature festival.
On April 30 and May 1, 2016, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, Dream Jars and much, much more.
Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. The multi arts centre, designed by Charles Correa, is inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open. JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called Vastu Vidya.
With Bookaroo making its home in the centre for two days, the children of Jaipur are in for a double treat.
Watch this space!
Children are everywhere – on footpaths, in bastis, in makeshift schools and housing societies, but where are the storytellers? Ajay Dasgupta likes to take his bag of stories out and about to all children no matter where.
Arefa Tehsin grew up treading the jungles with her naturalist father. She was often found trying to catch a snake or spin a yarn. A former Honorary Wildlife Warden, Udaipur, she’s the author of several books and columnist for newspapers/magazines.
Bina Kak was Minister of Forests and Environment in Rajasthan when she became passionate about protecting forests and wildlife. An avid photographer, she lives in Jaipur, visiting forests whenever she can.
Debjani Mukherjee, an animation filmmaker, researcher and illustrator, co-founded BOL – the language of children. She loves exploring how different materials from sand to paint can be used to enhance storytelling.
Deepak Dalal is a writer, traveller, trekker and wildlife enthusiast, who loves India’s wild places. He enjoys exploring, researching and writing stories (in that order).
Jerry Pinto eats and sleeps and dreams and snores and runs and falls and burps and shrieks and gargles and washes and digs when and where he can. When and where he can’t, he writes.
Born into a family whose tradition of Phad painting dates back to the early 13th century, Kalyan Joshi began painting aged just 8. He set up a school of Phad painting and regularly conducts workshops.
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Kavita Singh Kale, illustrator and co-founder of Underground Worm Art & Design studio wants to travel anywhere and everywhere with her five-year-old daughter. Strangers, acquaintances, family and friends are the building blocks for her narratives.
Parinita Shetty likes to believe that the world is made up of stories. She dreams of travelling the world and visiting every single bookstore while she’s here.
A spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession, Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre nomads of the sub-continent.
Prabhat enjoys writing for children and has written more than 20 books of stories and poems. In addition, in conjunction with NGOs working in the field of children’s education, he shapes and conducts workshops for teachers.
Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.
What would you call someone who is a writer by passion, a storyteller by obsession, a mentor by aspiration and a communicator by profession? You would probably call him insane. Ramendra Kumar prefers to be called Ramen.
Rituparna Ghosh caught the oral bug when she started telling stories to her son. A professional storyteller, trainer and consultant, she has discovered the child in herself and has decided never to grow up again!
Sandhya Rao’s 60 going on 16 – or so she theenk
Until she hears her bones go creesh-crash-creeeenk!
Still, she jumps into the fray, To hop along and bray
With stories, songs and jolly rhymes without a bleeenk!
Vagmi Raghava is an animator and illustrator for whom stories are not just fun but also food for the mind. Her mantra is to do something every day, no matter how small, to be happy.
Wendy Cooling has been involved in a range of projects to promote reading not only in the UK but also worldwide. A true Book Dabbler!