Jaipur 2017

Jaipur, here we come again!


It is going to be Bookaroo time again in Jawahar Kala Kendra.

On November 18th and 19th, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will once again play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, drama and much, much more.

Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. This year, Bookaroo has speakers from four other countries – Portugal, Australia, Poland and the UK.  Add to this a mind-boggling assortment of Indian stories and you get a tantalising taste of what is to come.

The sessions will be conducted in Hindi and English. On the weekend of November 18th and 19th, you know where you have to be

Timing: 11am to 430 pm

Check out the line-up of speakers who are going to keep you in thrall.



  • Akka Bakka - Van...

    Vandana Bist and Chandana Dutta are co-founders of Akka Bakka, a fun venture that encourages children to explore the creative and colourful world of art and literature and create their own, unique stories.

  • Archana Garodia ...

    Archana Garodia Gupta, a successful entrepreneur and leading national quizzer, is a winner of the prestigious ‘Champion of Champions’ title from BBC Mastermind. She loves weaving delightful nuggets of history into engaging tales.

  • Asha Nehemiah

    The only way Asha Nehemiah could make magic hair-oil and nightmare-preventing sachets was to put them in her books. She writes action-packed mysteries and funny stories for all ages.

  • Bijal Vachharaja...

    When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter or worrying about climate change, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India. When you meet her, ask her why she is known as Editor Scissorhands.

  • Chetan Sharma

    Chetan Sharma is a human turned night owl who started illustrating and animating at the age of 15. He credits his five dogs that he rescued from the streets for saving him from a boring life.

  • Cordis Paldano

    Cordis Paldano loves the circus and his friends – the trapeze artists – but he loves clowning the most! And even more than that, he loves to share his clowning tricks.

  • Durgabai Vyam

    Durgabai Vyam started making dignas (colourful clay patterns on walls) at the age of six. She is the co-author of The Night Life of Trees, which won the BolognaRagazzi Award in 2008.

  • Jeeva Raghunath

    Jeeva Raghunath pioneered the storytelling movement in Tamil Nadu and has represented India at various festivals around the globe. Her company Kathaikalatta organises an international storytelling festival “Under the Aalamaram!”. She smells, tastes, feels, sees and hears stories!

  • Kapil Pandey

    Kapil Pandey discovered his passion for storytelling at the grand old age of 30 when he met the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood. When not telling stories, he runs marathons and sometimes goes to work.

  • Laique Hussain

    Dr Laique Hussain is the director of Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal. Founded by the late Devilal Samar in 1952, the organisation aims to popularise and propagate folk arts, folk dances and folk literature from Rajasthan.

  • Nalini Sorensen

    Nalini Sorensen is an award-winning author who loves children, dogs, and books – in no particular order. She’s always laughing, mostly at herself, and is ever the optimist. There’s no half-full in her glass; it runneth over.

  • Neetu Sharma

    Neetu Sharma is an award-winning activity and picture book author-illustrator with over 18 books to her name. Just give her some papers and scissors, some paste, some waste, some paint to stain and she spins magic in her craft.

  • Pallavi Singh

    Pallavi Singh’s work ranges from looking after her family’s heritage property in Jaipur to being a soft skills trainer and storyteller. She is excited about using her training skills to enhance creativity in children and hone their interpersonal skills.

  • Proiti Roy

    A winner of the Big Little Book Illustrator Award 2017, Proiti Roy lives in Shantiniketan. She loves to sit at her desk – illustrating – surrounded by the dogs she rescued, with a hot cup of tea.

  • Reshma K Barshik...

    Reshma K. Barshikar is the author of The Hidden Children, her first children’s book. A features writer and teacher, she also hosts creative writing workshops for young adults at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai.

  • Roshni Vyam

    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!

  • Shalini Tayal

    Shalini Tayal, storyteller and trainer, is a story-worm who takes her listeners on story walks through exotic fairylands, deep oceans and dark forests while stopping to sip tea with field mice and share samosas with monsters.

  • Shruti Garodia

    An incurable reader and writer, Shruti Garodia loves history, especially through storytelling. A graduate of Cornell University, she loves travelling across the globe and adventurous activities like sailing, diving and trekking.

  • Shubham Lakhera

    Shubham Lakhera is an illustrator with the Riyaaz Academy in Bhopal. He likes humming old Hindi songs.

  • Soumitra Ranade

    Soumitra Ranade is a writer-animator-filmmaker who lives in the Meghanandaradhepuram Caves near the Ajoyavikramacheniya Valley. All the stories that he has written are actually narrated to him by his pet crow zwp.

  • Subhash Vyam

    Subhash Vyam began working with clay and wood at the age of 10. He now paints on paper and canvas. He lives in Bhopal with his wife Durgabai.

  • Swagata Sen Pill...

    Swagata Sen Pillai* enjoys being surrounded by children, dancing and eating tasty food – especially ice-cream. She also writes poetry and loves to sing out loud whilst driving.

  • Vagmi Raghava

    Vagmi Raghava is an animator, illustrator and filmmaker who specialises in stop-motion and clay animation. Some illustration styles that she experiments with are hand-drawn, digital, mixed-media and clay illustration.

  • Vaishali Shroff

    Vaishali Shroff is lost! If you see anyone staring into space, talking about strange things, and living in a different time period, it’s her! Please report her to Authors Anonymous.

  • Vranda Rathi

    A curator of kids’ creativity, Vranda Rathi inspires them to be exquisite, albeit for unusual reasons. She ignites young minds with blue sky paintings and offbeat storytelling. Creativity is her ‘blood’ while storytelling is her ‘soul’.