It was Bookaroo time for the Delhi’s kids on Saturday.
The sixth edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival — an event aimed at bringing children, authors, illustrators and books together at one venue — kicked off on a sparkling note in the Capital on Saturday with a number of creative workshops and interactions. The hugely popular event, which is being held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA), is lined up to hold a wide range of interesting activities like doodle wall, creative workshops and interaction with writers and illustrators.
The festival, which has Hindustan Times (HT) as its title sponsor, saw the presence of members of HT’s ‘You Read They Learn’ initiative at the venue on Day One. Members of YRTL — which aims to send underprivileged children in schools with the help of various NGOs — were seen urging parents and children to donate books for the underprivileged kids on Saturday.
“We have received an encouraging response from the public. Some schools have come up and donated their old notebooks and textbooks. We are expecting a even better response on Sunday. We are distributing leaflets and making people aware about this initiative,” said Prashant Tyagi, who is managing the YRTL stall at the festival.
The parents, accompanying the children to the festival, felt that festivals like Bookaroo acted as opportunities for children to understand the importance of reading and sharing.
“Such a festival will push my child towards reading more. The YRTL initiative will make them understand the value of giving and not taking privileges for granted. I am going to come back with my children here tomorrow and donate some books to this cause,” said Bhavreen Kandhari, a resident of Defence Colony.
M Venkatesh, festival director, said Bookaroo had always received a good response from the public. “On a rough estimate I can tell you that around 6,000 people visited the venue. The number can be higher. This year special focus is on young adult fiction catering to the age group between 14 to 16 years,” said Venkatesh.
The Doodle wall was the most crowded stop at the fest, where children indulged themselves in creating imaginative drawings and sketches.
The festival will be open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.