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Bringing new trends in children’s literature to the fore, based on the changing needs of the children and enhancing the reading habit, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao in collaboration with Directorate of Official Language, Government of Goa and Konkani Bhasha Mandal (KBM), Goa is organising the second Bal Sahitya Parishad, a two-day state level children’s literary conference on September 7 and September 8. The conference will be inaugurated at 9.45 a.m. by Sahitya Akademi award winning writer from Bhopal, Rajesh Joshi. A few children’s literature books will be released on this occasion.

Bal Sahitya Parishad was initiated by KBM, a Konkani literary body. President of KBM, Chetan Acharya says there is a huge demand for children’s literature felt in the state. He adds: “The sales of its material, music CD and Chirput magazine have shown that people are eagerly seeking well produced material in Konkani for children. We also realised that we are far behind as far as understanding the children’s literature and the new trends in it.” Collaborating with NCERT, Ektara, Jyotsana Prakashan, Pratham Books, Eklavya, NBT the Mandal organised regular workshops with experts.

This then paved the way to Bal Sahitya Parishad,  bringing together the best to guide the teaching faculty, students, librarians, writers, illustrators and literary enthusiasts.

Coordinator of the Parishad Anwesha Singbal says that some nationally acclaimed speakers will be discussing several relevant topics. Over 1000 teachers are expected to attend the Parishad. She says: “KBM has already started to engage with teachers after the first Parishad held last year. The teachers who write in different channels like monologue, poems, stories, short plays, as part of their school needs have started to look at children’s literature seriously. This Parishad will further help them to improve their skills.”

On September 7, the first session will deliberate upon the topic ‘Reading Material for Children: Content, Context and Contemporary Compulsions’. Sahitya Akademi award winning writer from Bhopal, Swayam Prakash; writer and critic from Goa, Kiran Budkuley and children’s writer and director of Ektara, Bhopal, Sushil Shukla will participate in this session.

The second session ‘Reading patterns to develop Local, National and Global Knowledge and Awareness in Children’ will see writer, N S Madhavan; Sahitya Akademi award winning writer,  Jerry Pinto and writer Jose Lourenco share their thoughts. An audio visual presentation of Children’s Literature. ‘Ghumche Katarr Theatre’, a Ravindra Bhavan, Margao production in association with Theatre Flamingo will later promote reading through the means of stories and theatre.

On September 8, the session ‘Ideal Children’s literature – the way forward’ will see educationist, NCERT, Sonika Kaushik; Sahitya Akademi award winning writer, Prakash Parienkar and Illustrator Taposhi Ghoshal share their thougths. Following this a session ‘Means and Mediums to take children’s literature to children’ will be held with storyteller from Kathalaya, Geeta Ramanujam; theatre artiste from Quest Geetanjali Kulkarni and storyteller from Bookworm, Sujata Noronha. Quest’s ‘Goshtrang’ team will perform during this session.

An illustrator’s workshop will also be held on the sidelines with selected art teachers and illustrators from Goa with illustrator Taposhi Ghoshal. The organisers have also planned an exhibition and sale of books.


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