Although the cyclone and rain played spoilsport, Bookaroo in Kolkata went ahead with all the excitement. The show had to go on and our speakers rose to the occasion magnificently. Squelching through waterlogged paths to their respective sub-venues, they made sure that even a single child who dropped in did not go back disappointed.
We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts. The Indian Museum too made it an occasion to remember.
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.
Arunava Sinha eats children who don’t like reading books; feeds children who do, all the food their parents don’t want them to read; translates books from Bengali into English because children like that. He can’t sing.
Champa Saha is a teacher, special educator and counsellor who has been reading, listening to and telling stories ever since she can remember.
A folk singer, based in Kolkata, Debalina is known for her mellifluous voice. Debalina has performed at numerous music festivals, both national and international. Her first music album was released in 2014.
Dilip Mondal is a well-known puppeteer and director of Dhumketu Puppet Theatre. He started his journey with puppets in the year 1990 and has travelled all across India.
Jane De Suza
Jane De Suza has written the three laugh-out-loud SuperZero books, among other top-sellers. She’s coming all the way from Bangalore to help children fly, which she can’t do herself because she keeps falling on her big head.
Jash Sen is a DU, IIM graduate who worked in IT and taught mathematics while dreaming of writing a book.
Kavita Gupta Mer...
Dr. Kavita Gupta Merchant, scientist by qualification and artist by choice, expresses her creativity through clay believing that clay is more flexible than an acrobat and helps to bring out the Michaelangelo in us all.
Lalita Iyer straddles the world of writing for both children and grown-ups and doesn’t know which gives her more joy. She left behind a career in journalism and advertising to become a full time writer.
Born on Children’s Day Manjira Majumdar would rather be like Peter Pan; a child always at heart, a dreamer and spinner of yarns. Working with words and more words she escapes occasionally into the twilight zone
A spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession, Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre directors and campus public speaking experts of the country.
Pavel Paul is a graphic designer who enjoys sharing his love and enthusiasm for the theatre with children of all ages. His secret – he has never grown up.
Prayag Shukla is a Sahitya Akademi award winner, a well-known poet, art critic, editor and author of books in Hindi fiction for adults and children.
Proiti Roy is a children’s illustrator who has always loved to read, draw and paint – and run and dance. She was born and studied in Shantinekatan and she still lives there – with 18 rescued dogs!
Ranjita Biswas is a journalist, writer and translator. She enjoys art, films and cooking but is fascinated by People – with a capital P. She has been seriously bitten by the travel bug!