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Mount Litera School International brings Bookaroo Children's Literature Festival to Mumbai

Feb 14, 2018

The festival to welcome popular children's authors to enthral children

Mount Litera School International (MLSI)- one of Mumbai's leading IB schools, announced today its partnership with the first ever Mumbai edition of Bookaroo- India's first children's literature festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on 24- 25 February, 2018 at the premises of MLSI- Bandra-Kurla Complex from 11AM to 04:30PM.

The Festival won the prestigious London Book Fair International Excellence Award for Literary Festival in 2017. Since its inception in 2008, Bookaroo has visited nine cities and has held 26 editions in the last 10 years.  This year in Mumbai, the festival will welcome over 20 well established authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers to unveil their magic. A true champion in bringing stories alive through storytelling, dramatized reading, workshops, art and craft, the Festival aims to encourage freedom of thought in young minds thereby promoting a love for literature.

Welcoming children as booklovers, the festival is specially curated for 4 to 14 year olds with sessions for every age at every hour. The sessions are divided into age appropriate bands. This event facilitates the joy of reading through hands on experiences like doodle wall, art, puppetry, reading under the tree, illustrations, etc.

Navyata Goenka, Advisor, MLSI said, “As partners for Bookaroo 2018, we are proud to be facilitating a mélange of celebrated minds, diverse perspectives, and heightened cultural experiences which is bound to stoke the love for literature in young minds. It is heartening that the ethos of the Festival resembles with our core identity of evolving our children into 'Being Future Ready'. We look forward to the children's infectious energies and charge the Festival's atmosphere with their vigour.”

Swati Roy, festival director, Bookaroo said, “It is very exciting to bring Bookaroo to Mumbai for the first time. We hope that the children of Mumbai will have a wonderful time with the authors, illustrators and storytellers who are coming. It is a pleasure to be associated with MLSI, a school that gives reading the importance it deserves. We are happy that MLSI has thrown open its doors and shares Bookaroo's vision and passion of bringing children and books together. We look forward to a lasting association.”

Boookaroo Mumbai will feature a spectacular line-up of speakers with more than 50 sessions to look forward to.  Additionally, there are exciting sessions on wildlife, environment, make your own Patua painting and safari tales.

Here is a snapshot of what to expect:




Poetry, songs and stories

John Dougherty

John Dougherty, the Irish Poet, singer and song-writer promises to enthral children with his musical performance and humorous books.

Kala Ramesh

Dance a poem with Kala Ramesh, the well-known exponent of Haiku – or short form of Japanese poetry - in India

The Maharashtra factor

Ajay Dasgupta

Check out what is inside Ajay Dasgupta's bag of stories as he sets the stage on fire with rousing performances in Marathi, Hindi and English

Mumbai Mania

Catch the sights and sounds of Mumbai in colour and black and white. Create a colourful patchwork curtain in a day-long session

Leah Verghese, Suman Chitrakar

Leah Verghese and Suman Chitrakar bring to life the electrifying story of Savitribai Phule, a trailblazing social reformer and poet

Fun with art and illustrations

Priya Kuriyan, Savio Mascerenhas

Get a ringside view of the Battle of the Brushes, a showdown between 2 artists – Priya Kuriyan from Kochi and Savio Mascerenhas from Amar Chitra Katha, Mumbai - as they paint and sketch for their lives while an unknown story is read to them

Kavita Merchant

Kavita Merchant brings to life characters from stories through clay modelling. All ages get a chance to try their hand with different levels of detailing for their respective ages

On stage and behind it

Kailash Waghmare

Join actor and singer Kailash Waghmare with Qissebaazi- a bilingual dramatized storytelling session.

Champa Saha

Champa Saha presents a power-packed tour of the world of theatre. Learn about actors' shivers, stage fright, script blunders and directors' blues

Visual Art

Ashwathy P.S.

Chennai-based artist Ashwathy P.S. will create tactile scroll based on the book, One Dark Cloud. In a day-long session, children can pick out shapes, textures and colours that bring an Indian monsoon to life – a dark cloud, that first translucent raindrop, crunchy samosas, a steaming cup of tea.

All sessions are first-come-first-seated and prior registration for sessions is mandatory.
For registration, please visit: https://insider.in/bookaroo

Report By: MLSI Marketing Team   
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