The two-day Bookaroo Children’s Literature festival conducted by DPS Srinagar for the sixth time concluded here today.
The organisers in a statement said the festival, held on 3rd and 4th November, had 80 sessions conducted by 21 speakers from six cities of India and one from Sri Lanka. It said 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,” it said. “Each session was carefully crafted to address children from age 6 to age 13. “Bringing books and children together was never more joyous. The enthusiasm of the children and their teachers was like never before and the unexpected snowfall only added fun to it,” said Swati Roy, Festival director, Bookaroo.
Vijay Dhar, chairman, DP Dhar Memorial Trust, said Bookaroo has been an integral part of the school’s cultural cause ever since 2011 when the festival made its debut in Kashmir. Alistair R A Freese, principal said the concept is appealing as Bookaroo does not inculcate, it encourages – in its subtle way – children to pick up a book or ask questions about a book, a speaker or a plot. The festival is a great starting point to become a booklover if you aren’t one already.”