Ahmedabad 2016


Amdavad, here we come. February 13th and 14th are the two days when Bookaroo will make its first tryst with the city and its children.

We promise to make the weekend an unforgettable one as the festival gets ready for its home in Ahmedabad – the iconic Mill Owners’ Building on Ashram Road. In a historic city, Bookaroo will have a venue that has a lot of character and history around it. We couldn’t have found a better place than the open house-palace engineered by the Swiss-French master architect Le Corbusier way back in the 1950s.

  • Ajay Dasgupta

    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.

  • Akka Bakka

    Akka Bakka is a fun venture founded to explore the creative and colourful world of art and literature, where children are encouraged to explore a visual, tactile, and aural world to create their own, unique stories.

  • Anjali Nayar

    Anjali Nayar is an independent animator, illustrator and author for children, and documentary filmmaker. She teaches at the NID as a visiting faculty. In between she spends as much time as possible interacting with children.

  • Aparna Raman

    Aparna Raman is the founder of Timbuktoo, India’s first publishing house for child authors. When not encouraging children to wonder and seek the absurd, she is a people-watcher, story hunter and wanderer to strange lands.

  • Arti Doctor

    Arti Doctor is a special educator and storyteller trained at Kathalaya Bangalore. Stories are an important element in her teaching life and she believes we are stories.

  • Catarina Sobral

    Catarina Sobral is a picture book maker. Some call her an illustrator, an author, a writer, friends just call her Catarina. So far she has published 9 books in 9 languages because she likes symmetry and multiples of 3.

  • Champa Saha

    Champa Saha is a teacher, special educator and counsellor who has been reading, listening to and telling stories ever since she can remember. She loves to share the power of stories with everyone, especially emotionally disturbed children.

  • Hanoch Piven

    Hanoch Piven, an artist, an author of children books, of television programs, of Ipad Apps, divides his time between Tel Aviv and Barcelona. His unique collages using everyday objects bring art to life.

  • Katie Bagli

    Katie Bagli is an avid nature lover who expresses her passion through her storybooks. When she is not writing she enjoys nature trails, wildlife workshops, storytelling and even puppet shows for children.

  • Krushna Dave

    Krushna Dave writes songs, satire and children’s poetry in his native Gujarati. He performs regularly on the radio and his poetry appears in textbooks. His greatest delight is listening to children in schools.

  • Lalon

    NID Graduate, Show host, Toy-maker, Professor – is there anything Lalon can’t do? The Art Room on ZeeQ is where you can see him weave his magic daily.

  • Linda Newbery

    Since deciding at age 8 to be an author, Linda Newbery has written nearly 50 books. She loves animals (so doesn’t eat them) and also yoga, gardening, reading, and trying various arts and crafts.

  • Mamata Pandya

    When you love nature, children and words, what do you do for work and play? Mamata Pandya happily blends her three passions as an environmental educator and storyteller.

  • Natasha Sharma

    Natasha Sharma’s childhood featured dogs, rabbits, horses, buffaloes and the occasional squirrel. She graduated in Maths, did an MBA, worked as a brand manager, and is now happily doing what she loves most – writing books for children.

  • Nina Sabnani

    Nina Sabnani is a film-maker and children’s book illustrator. She has taught at the NID, Ahmedabad and is currently teaching at IIT Mumbai, while pursuing her doctoral research on storytelling models in India.

  • Pankaj Gorana

    Pankaj Gorana is a designer with the Centre for Environment Education. He has designed several print and digital environmental games for children. He enjoys bird watching and is a keen photographer.

  • Parnab Mukherjee

    Parnab Mukherjee is an independent media analyst, performance consultant and leading alternative theatre director whose work often showcases human rights issues.

  • Priya Narayanan

    Priya Narayanan believes that there are stories lurking around every corner just waiting to be discovered. When not brokering peace between her forever-at-war children, she conjures up stories for them over coffee and ice-cream.

  • Rishiraj Chakrab...

    Rishiraj Chakraborty, an applied arts graduate studying animation design and Nargis Shaikh, an IT engineer studying graphic design, are Master of Design students at NID. Both love to be with children.

  • Rohit Ashokan & ...

    Rohit Ashokan and Navin N are final year Master of Design students of Animation Film Design at NID, Ahmedabad. Their childlike imagination can make magic out of anything.

  • Roopa Pai

    Roopa Pai is a computer engineer who always knew she was going to write for children. She is currently hard at work trying to earn the right to this epitaph: “She was often content”.

  • Sekhar Mukherjee

    Sekhar Mukerjee is a keen observer of the world. He inspires his students at NiD with his madcap ideas and his deep love of Chaplin and laughter He directs the Chitrakatha International Student Animation Festival biennially.

  • Shraddha Trivedi

    Dr Shraddha Trivedi is a well-known Gujarati author, critic, editor, translator and lecturer. She has written about 50 books and won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Total Contribution to Children’s Literature in Gujarati in 2013.

  • Vranda Rathi

    Vranda Rathi, an experienced teacher of art, craft and calligraphy, regularly conducts leadership development and storytelling programmes. She likes sharing stories with people of all ages but particularly enjoys working with children.