The two-day Bookaroo Children’s Literature festival conducted by DPS Srinagar for the sixth time in succession, concluded on a successful note today.
The festival – held on 3rd and 4th November – had 80 sessions conducted by 21 speakers from 6 cities in India and one from Sri Lanka. With book readings, storytelling, drama, two sessions on Qissebaazi, crafts, illustrations workshops and even a battle between two illustrators thrown in, Bookaroo Srinagar was a buzz of activity. The 2672 children who attended were treated to a canvas that was as illuminating as it was interesting.
The spokesman said that all the sessions witnessed enthusiastic participation and students got their books signed by their favorite authors with whom they had interacted. The crafts sessions were spread over four venues and had speakers with sessions on tactile learning, comic-making, hands-on daylong workshops from Pidilite Fevicreate and a chair art session that delighted the children. Saving the environment got its due place in the festival with sessions on drawing and writing stories had their own fans. Storytelling at the Patchakatha drew some of the loudest cheers.
Each session was carefully crafted to address children from age 6 to age 13. Each speaker had his – or her – own way of stimulating the children without making it a boring imposition. Stories from fiction, stories from real-life, school stories and stories of ancient fables lit up the two days. More splashes of colour came from the Doodle Wall, a celebration of art.