The third edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival kicked off at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) with around 250 children registering on the first day. The diverse sessions were divided according to different age groups where the participants engaged in interesting activities.
STORYTELLING AT KAHANI TREE AND AMPHITHEATRE
Participants enjoyed a number of sessions on storytelling where the storytellers engaged the children by enacting different characters from the storybooks through poetry and songs. Among the sessions were ‘Tales from a Faraway-Land’, ‘Hidden-Riddle’ and ‘Dada’s Useless Present’ at the Kahani Tree.
Parents and children alike thronged the amphitheater where a special attraction was a circus clown who told the amazing stories of his friends- a dwarf and a girl. The other sessions included ‘Page to Stage’, ‘It’s a Festival Time’ and ‘The Hidden Imagination’.
ARTS AND CRAFTS AT CRAFTY CORNER AND STUDIO
The children busied themselves with art and crafts at the Crafty Corner. They learned the beautiful Gond Art and Agamograph along with coloring and drawing. Some of the sessions included ‘Magical City’; ‘Roar Growl, Who’s on the Prowl?’ and ‘Different Angles, Different Pictures’.
The children also engaged themselves in expressive arts and activities like poetry writing on wildlife, filling the matchbox with unusual things, self-discovery and an imagination session at the Studio.
PAINTING AT THE DOODLE WALL AND DOME
Bringing out their creative side, the children created a wall mural with different materials like color pencils, pens, sketch pens etc. They made different caricatures on themes like zoo and wildlife, masks, traffic and hybrid animals. The session was aimed at giving birth to new ideas and inspiring the inner artist of a child.
As an ongoing activity, children from all age groups participated in making a never ending scroll in painting the well-loved stories of Rajasthan at the central dome of JKK.
In the special audio-visual element of the festival, the children learnt eco-writing, animation and history of animals through films. They also witnessed some scary and funny stories in the session ‘A Story for You’.
It is to be noted that over the two days, 51 sessions will be held where as many as 27 authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers from 12 cities will delight children and parents with feature storytelling, workshops, drama, art & craft and books.