After 22 editions – in the North, West, East of India and one in faraway Malaysia – and one international award under its belt, Bookaroo decided to look to the south of India.
There is a little story behind this. When the Bangalore-based Funky Rainbow‘s spunky co-founders Greystroke a.k.a. Shyam Madhavan Sarada and Vidya Mani visited Delhi sometime early this year, we happened to be chatting in our office. Thinking aloud, we were wondering how it would be to go south.
“Bangalore,” they said in unison, adding persuasively, “If you want to go south, start with Bangalore.” Their arguments seemed to make perfect sense. It was an early March eight-in-the-night snap decision. Funky Rainbow’s third partner Muthamma B Devaya was around somewhere in Delhi while this momentous decision was being arrived at.
One thing led to another and here we are, five months down the line with a new city on the Bookaroo map. On September 2nd and 3rd, Bookaroo’s will touch down in the charming city of Bengaluru (to give the city its rightful name).
Funky Rainbow is a travelling children’s bookshop that carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). What could be a better fit?
And the venue? Bookaroo’s home in Bengaluru will be the sprawling Freedom Park with its awe-inspiring history. We hope Bookaroo in Bengaluru becomes as loved as it is in the other cities it has visited. Take a look at the fantastic line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers you will meet in Bookaroo Bengaluru.
VENUE: Freedom Park, Seshadri Road
TIMINGS: 11:00 hours to 16:30 hours
DATE: September 2-3, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)
See you there!
Jo Williams, Swati Roy & M Venkatesh
Amar Chitra Kath...
Amar Chitra Katha makes comics for people of all ages. For 50 years they have been telling stories that are dear to India – exploits of Indian warriors, wondrous tales from the epics, fable and folktales.
Ameen ul Haque
Ameen ul Haque collects stories – from everywhere. He can stay awake the whole night, go without food, climb mountains and walk miles – just to listen to a story.
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.
Arun Kumar Gonal
Arun from Storywallahs is a Train Driver! His is a magic train full of stories. As it clickety-clacks along the tracks, listen to its whistle blow!
A group of authors, illustrators and storytellers banded together to form Bookalore, Bangalore’s very own BIG little Book Club.
C G Salamander
As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.
Karishma Mahbubani is a storyteller with an avid love for early childhood education, books, shoes and her family, but not necessarily in that order. She lives by the beach and calls Chennai her home.
Mini Shrinivasan is a writer who works with children in rural and tribal schools. When not talking to her plants, she particularly enjoys the refreshing honesty and astuteness of children aged between 10 and 12.
Sun says Moon Dances, Moon sings & Stars Shine with Micky wondering if Minnie is thinking about him & Jerry conspiring to drive Tom crazy. Namkampani just guarantees a return ticket from this Voila-Land.
Nandini Ram Mohan loves scratching dogs on their tummies, playing with children and dancing through the night! She’s up at 5.30am to practice classical music. She also loves storytelling and pasta, not necessarily in that order.
Ng Kok Keong
Ng Kok Keong is a School Principal by day but a tri-lingual storyteller by passion. He has been mesmerizing audiences all over Malaysia and the world with stories for the past nine years.
Parvathi Ramkumar is a humanimal who dreamed of being in a circus! Instead she translated her grandfather Mali’s famous book, Circus! She can do cartwheels with words and swing dangerously between writing stories, poetry, and articles.
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.
Roshni Vyam is a young illustrator, who uses her brush rather than words to introduce the natural world of Gond Art to all. She loves to paint – canvas, clothes, walls, anything and everything!
Shruti Bhat is a writer, photographer, DIY lover, passionate homemaker, dreamer and blogger. Living in Bangalore with her husband and daughter, she enjoys sharing the craziness that is India through arts and crafts.
Surabhi Singh is a graphic designer and illustrator who loves spilling tea on paper and making patterns rather than drinking it. Traditional drawing never worked for her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tanvi Bhat is a self-taught children’s book illustrator who lives in Mumbai and loves the rains. Her inspiration comes from things she sees when out exploring the streets of colourful India.
Trupti from Storywallahs is not just a storyteller. Watch closely as she laughs, jumps, sings, and dances. Can you see the other Trupti – a fun-loving 8 year old?
Vijaylakshmi Nagaraj is an educationist, author and storyteller who works extensively with children in crisis. Her eco-friendly handmade puppets cross all boundaries.
Xie Shi Min
As a child, many teachers caught Shi Min Xie daydreaming. Cruel and unusual punishments ensued, so she escaped to write. Her first book was published in 2016.