15 August 2015

A MAGICAL MYSTERY WORLD

For Bookalore and Funky Rainbow, there is no better way to have a good time than to do an event that brings children and books together. So, as our August event took shape, we knew it was going to be a scintillating morning of stories, writing, art, craft and non-stop creativity!

And when the venue is Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre at Koramangala with its book-filled shelves, wide, open spaces and warm, welcoming people, we know we are in the nicest possible setting for a book event! The authors du jour were Meera Nair with her book, Maya Saves the Day, and Vishakha Chanchani with The House that Sonabai Built. Two great authors, two exciting books, one lovely venue, a bunch of us Bookaloreans with a penchant for baat-cheet and one colourful travelling bookshop – well, the 7-13-year-olds for whom the event was meant were definitely going to have a blast!

Author Meera Nair came in all the way from New York to share her story about quirky Maya. Who is Maya? What is she? How does she get into so much trouble? Meera answered all these whys, effortlessly taking her young audience into Maya’s imaginative mind and world. A fun writing workshop with the author had the children writing about the naughtiest thing they ever did. Since what happens in Bookalore stays in Bookalore, we’re not revealing any of the naughty stories!

BOOK OF THE DAY - I: MAYA SAVES THE DAY
Recommended for 7+ year-olds • A part of Duckbill’s Hole Books, the story of young Maya with a heap of responsibilities, and getting in and out of trouble • Written by Meera Nair and Illustrated by Priya Kuriyan • Price: Rs. 125 • Publisher: Duckbill Books

The children were then whisked away into Sonabai’s Wonderland by author-illustrator-craftsperson Vishakha Chanchani. Through stories, games and hands-on clay play, Vishakha got the kids to plunge headlong into and discover the artistic world of Sonabai Rajawar of Madhya Pradesh. Finally, it was time for the children to discover their inner Sonabais by working with gooey potter’s clay! From a lava-spewing volcano to a happy birthday cake to a princess with her favourite tree, the clay-play session saw fabulous displays, not to mention icky-mucky-happy faces all around :-)

 The House that Sonabai Built – won the Award for Excellence in Book Production in the Children’s Category awarded by Federation of Indian Publishers, 2015.

And oh, the event happened right on Independence Day. Even if we didn’t theme our event around the occasion, it was a morning where the children were truly free to explore the limits of their creativity!

BOOK OF THE DAY - II: THE HOUSE THAT SONABAI BUILT
Recommended for 8+ year-olds • A part of Tulika’s “Looking at Art” Series, the story of Artist Sonabai Rajawar and her artistic journey. It is a fascinating introduction to the life, work and milieu of a quietly strong and self-taught artist • Written by Vishakha Chanchani with Photographs by Stephen P.Huyler • Price: Rs. 250 • Publisher: Tulika

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