KALA GHODHA ARTS FESTIVAL takes over!

Every year, February comes around with the promise of much excitement. Chock full of birthdays and anniversaries in my family, it is a month of celebration. The weather is always brilliant. It is still early enough in the year to hope to stick by new year resolutions. Then of course, there is the Kala Ghodha Festival. As with many Mumbaikars, the festival takes over 9 days of my life and has been doing so since the last few years. Be it readings I am conducting, sessions I am ferrying my kids to, attempting to jostle my way through increasingly maddening crowd to get my fix of a kala khatta or a khao suey on Rampart Row, admiring the many installations or oohing and aahing over the quirky merchandise on sale, the Kala Ghodha Arts Festival is really like no other. I do hope that if you are in Mumbai you are planning to head that way on some days. And for those with children, the Children’s Literature Section has really come into its own over the last few years. Do bring your children to be a part of the fun that the black horse whinnies in every year! If you would like to attend any of my sessions, here are the details: Writing workshop: Punctuation fun Wednesday, Feb 5th, 6:00pm, Kitab Khana.  Join me with your kids for an interactive writing workshop. There are no papers or pencils in this writing workshop! Listen, laugh and enjoy the fun. Get the first peek into my soon-to-release book ‘Squiggle takes a walk’. (Age 7+) Register by sending an email to litkidskgaf14@gmail.com with...

What a fun time with a bunch of enthusiastic kids!

Sunday was a day spent in Chembur at the Junior Writers Bug children literature festival and despite the distance and Mumbai temperature to new highs, a turn into the leafy lane near St. Anthony’s school was a respite to the senses. With three workshops back to back, I had my hands full and my voice supported by many cups of tea. But what a wonderful experience! My first workshop with 40 kids – a reading of Kaka and Munni with a collage activity had the kids curious about the Dhol music that started the reading. With context of a folktale from Punjab, I read out the story with my crow puppet and a tambourine for rhythm. Much sticking followed to give us a whole forest of trees on Earth day! The next one ‘Rhyme and Rhythm in poetry’ was a house full and I was amazed yet again with the words thought up and limericks that children created in one hour. And to round off a fun morning was a packed room full of kids waiting to hear Icky, Yucky, Mucky! and make their own splotch monsters. A big thumbs up to the Junior Writers Bug team and I hope that this can go on to become an annual event. Share...

Yipee! Junior Writer’s Bug Literary Fest in Mumbai next weekend April 22nd…

Will be at the Junior Writer’s Bug Literary Festival to be held next weekend April 21st and 22nd in Mumbai. SO glad to see someone putting together a children’s lit festival here. I am conducting three sessions on Sunday, April 22nd 2012.  10am -11am: A first reading from my book Kaka and Munni (published by Pratham Books) followed by children making a collage. Ages 4-7 years 11:15am – 12:15pm: Time to create your own Rhyme and Rhythm. A workshop for children on writing poetry. Ages 7-10 years 12:30 – 1:30pm: Dramatised reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky (published by Young Zubaan) accompanied by many a slurp and burp. Reading to be followed by children making their own monsters. Ages 4-7 years. Venue: St. Anthony’s Girls High School, Chembur. There is a lot more scheduled in the festival, from illustrations, story writing, script writing, puppetry and more. For more details on the event, the complete schedule and registration form (pre registration suggested since workshops have limited seats) visit the Writer’s bug website. Looking forward! Share...