Kohima! Here we come…
Nagaland is a land where folklore has passed down the generations through word of mouth. Where music is an integral part of life; where folk songs eulogise ancestors and the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes; where poetic love songs immortalise ancient tragic love stories; where Gospel songs touch the soul; where contemporary tunes make you want to tap your blues away. What could be a more fitting pitstop in Bookaroo’s journey of celebrating books and stories?
Thanks to the rock-like support from our partner, The Kohima Institute, Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, with its stories, art and craft, workshops, drama and books, has been able to venture into the north-east at last. Our authors, storytellers, illustrators and performers will land in Kohima very soon to add to the colour of a city, where life itself is one long festival.
As Bookaroo wings its way to its ninth state and 12th city, we hope that the children of Kohima are as excited as we are.
Come on over. We promise you something that you will not forget in a hurry.
The dates: October 26th and 27th, 2018
The venue: Raj Bhavan & The Heritage, Officers Hill
26th October – 9 AM-2:30 PM (by invitation)
27th October – 11 AM-4:30 PM (open to all)
26th October – 6 years to 14 years (by invitation)
27th October – 4 years to 14 years (open to all)
Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.
Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.
Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!
Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.
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.
Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.
Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.
Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.
Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.
Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.
Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.
Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.
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.
Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!
Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.