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Writing for kids is no child?s play

HT Pace and NBT organised a series of short plays for children at the World Book Fair, Pragati Maidan.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 16:51 IST
Chandna Arora
Chandna Arora

For the girl child, by the girl child, among her most powerful weapon – books. HT Pace, in collaboration with the National Book Trust, organised a series of short plays by children, at the Children's pavilion, World Book Fair, Pragati Maidan.

On Saturday, a group of talented young girls from the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Mahipalpur, flagged off the initiative with a play called Kho Gayi Baala, on the erosion of the importance of the girl child and of the environment.

Staged amidst children’s books from countries like Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran and Thailand, apart from children's literature in regional Indian languages, the play bemoaned the twin tragedy of female foeticide and environmental degradation.

The setting provided a glimpse into the solution - literacy, awareness and integration. Present at the venue were writers and illustrators of Indian children's literature. The play, the result of an earlier HT Pace workshop on theatre, was followed by workshops for the children at the venue.

Eminent children's author and former head, NCCL, Paro Anand, was equally sanguine about Indian literature for children. “It’s a slow revolution,” she said. When asked about the popularity of Indian literature for children among young, urban readers, she said that it was slowly but surely picking up.

“There is a great deal of literature being published for tweens, and young people who are 16 to 18 years old are now considered target readers,” she said.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 12:12 IST