THE HINDU LIT FOR LIFE CHILDREN’S FEST Children

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Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Lady Andal School, Chetpet

SESSIONS:

Entry for sessions: Free for all children under 16 years. Parents, who wish to accompany the child and stay back for the sessions, will need to pay (Rs.300 for three days or Rs.175 per day) and register either through the website or at the venue.

Time Detectives: Finds from the Past

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Author: Devika Cariapa

When: January 12 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session space: Neverland

Get set to traverse magical realms of Indian archaeology with the author of India Through Archaeology: Excavating History. Travel through some ‘star’ sites — Bhimbetka and the Harappan cities; Dress, act and think like an archaeologist; Examine artefacts; Tap your detective skills to find and interpret data they may reveal. Psssst...fun alert: There may be dirt and digging involved!

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What’s in that Tree, Ammuchi?

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Author: Sharanya Manivannan

When: January 12 @ 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session space: Neverland

An interactive session with the author of The Ammuchi Puchi, a picture book for children on bereavement and healing. It will include discussions about diversity, exchange of ghost stories, and a book reading. The session will end with a colouring activity, where you will be “collaborating” with Sharanya to draw your own version of the story.

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Treasure-Hunt at the Train Station

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Author: Joeanna Rebello

When: January 12 @ 12:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session space: Neverland

Have you ever found treasure at a railway station? Join Joeanna as she and her book, Treasure at the Train Station: A Mumbai Adventure, take you on a rip-roaring ride through the grandest railway station in India —Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). Plus, go on to discover some of the most fascinating railway stations around the world, and the treasures they hide.

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Spectabulous Stories

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Author: Shabnam Minwalla

When: January 13 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session space: Neverland

It’s the first day of grade six and Nimmi is sure it is going to be wonderful, but she is in for the surprise (or shock?) of her life, as she deals with bus bullies, finds friends, and meets a teacher who looks like a thirsty vampire, in the book Nimmi's Spectabulous Schooldays. Get down to conjuring up your own wonderful words and imagining the most terricked teacher possible.

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I Need to Pee, You Need to Pee, We All Need to Pee!

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Author: Neha Singh

When: January 13 @ 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session space: Neverland

Have you ever been in a situation where you want to pee so badly but there isn’t a toilet in sight? Like Rahi in the book I Need to Pee, do you also love drinking water and juice and nariyal pani, and then needs to do susu all the time? Join Neha as she talks about all the icky, sticky, yucky adventures that you may have been on in search of clean and safe toilets.

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Critters that Crawl

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Author: Shobha Vishwanath

When: January 13 @ 12.05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Session space: Neverland

Here is a fun fact: Did you know that there are 232 characters that have been inspired by insects and featured in the DC Comics and Marvel comics? Through the book The Insect Boy, Shobha will give a peek into the world of some marvellous cretins and incredible discoveries about them. Suitable for insect lovers, but more suitable for those who dislike them!

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Naughty Krishna, Brave Hanuman and Tirupati Tour — with Amma!

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Author: Bhakti Mathur

When: January 14 @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session space: Neverland

Join Bhakti as she narrates spectacular tales about the adventures of Hanuman and Krishna (from the Amma Tell Me series) and about Tirupati and the Dargah of Salim Chishti (from Amma Take Me series.) Listen to the stories in this interactive session, and ask away any questions you may have!

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The Lies We Tell

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Author: Himanjali Sankar

Age group: 14 – 16 years

When: January 14 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Session space: Neverland

How many of you have, at some point in your life, told lies — small ones, big ones, white lies, and ones that give you a thrill, and other times, ones that make you feel guilty? Why do things happen the way they do, and make us lie? Through Irfan’s story in The Lies We Tell, we will get a better understanding because fictional characters and stories can surprise and shock us into new ways of confronting and understanding ourselves. The session will address some basic questions — Why do we need to step out of our own skins and into those of others? Why is it important to talk about mental health?

WORKSHOPS:

Facilitator: Anita Thomas

Age group: 9 –12 years

Registration fee: ₹350 for a child and parent pair for all three sessions.

Workshop space: Narnia

A set of three sessions over two days where children and parents will get to work together, as well as, individually.

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Part I: Thinking Out of the Box

When: January 12 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Participants: 20 children + 20 parents

In the first of the three-part workshop, the 20 children paired with their parent will explore the questions — Can a child be the equal of an adult? Can an adult be the equal of a child? It all depends on perspective. Pair and share. Discover a narrative from your everyday life that becomes your story, which keeps writing itself.

Part II: Scrapbooks and Journals

When: January 13 @ 09:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Participants: Children only

Use your everyday experiences and write the story of your life through words, pictures and song. What are the rules? Your life story is more than words and text. Find out how you can use your imagination — (and) an alter ego — to discover your true self, and say exactly what you want to whomever you want, whenever you want.

Part III: Holding on, while Letting Go

When: January 13 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Participants: Parents only

How to hold on to your children, as they were, while understanding them as they are? A parent’s journey in celebrating her child in a story that wrote itself through the understanding that comes from perspective. Big ideas in little minds — how to preserve the joyous moments of childhood which disappear even as they happen.

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A Room Full of Stories

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Facilitator: Lakshmi Karunakaran

When: January 12 @ 02:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.

Workshop space: Neverland

Participants: 20 children

Age group: 9 -12 years

Registration fee: ₹350 per child

Participants will work with Lakshmi Karunakaran, an arts-based educator from Bengaluru, on understanding and creating stories. You will get to explore the idea of where these tales come from, what makes for engaging stories, and how to go about creating one. The workshop will end with drawing a comic strip out of the stories crafted by the participants.

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Facilitator: Anushka Ravishankar

Telling Tales

When: January 12 @ 02:30 p.m. - 03:30 p.m.

Workshop space: Narnia

Participants: 25 children

Age group: 6 - 8 years

Registration fee: ₹350 per child

We all have stories to tell, some real and some imaginary. Making those stories interesting is what this workshop with author Anushka Ravishankar will focus on. How do you begin? How do you make sure you keep the reader's attention until the end? How do you turn your wacky ideas into a fascinating tale?

Tell Your Story

When: January 13 @ 02:30 p.m. - 03:30 p.m.

Workshop space: Narnia

Participants: 25 children

Age group: 9 - 12 years

Registration fee: ₹350 per child

This workshop will cover the elements of storytelling — character, dialogue and plot. Apart from writing exercises based on these, Anushka will talk about what makes a story interesting. Then you will explore the stories that you want to tell and use the skills practised to write your own tales.

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The Rap Club with Blaazé – Creative Writing Meets Rap

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Facilitator: Blaazé

When: 02:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.

Workshop space: Neverland

Participants: 20 children per day

Age group: 12 - 14 years

Registration fee: ₹350 per child

Rapper, composer and lyricist Blaazé will introduce you to the art of creative writing and storytelling, through rhythm and poetry. You will learn some vocal and rhythmic exercises, to write and rap your own original first verse of rap to a beat; be able to tell a story in a few lines using unique techniques and skills.

For details and registration, log on to: www.thehindulfl.com

For enquiries: Call +91-9952099529 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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