To encourage a culture of reading among children and parents, the 3rd edition of Gurgaon Children’s Literature Festival (GCLF) 2019 was held from January 19-20, 2019. The festival, organised by Vega Schools, featured over 30 artists in the world of literature and storytelling. They were authors, storytellers, theatre artists and illustrators, all of whom added a new dimension to the festival.
According to Sandy Hooda, co-founder - Vega Schools, “Every year, we try to make GCLF a destination for children to stimulate literary inspiration and growth. In addition, we try to bring in new ideas and performances which will surprise and engage children, by seeking out artists from the literary spectrum known for their unique performances.”
Benita Sen, author and storyteller said “When your fingers hurt from signing good wishes for so many of your young audience, you know your effort in writing and in hosting the workshops has been worth it.”
Over 10,000 curated books from national and international publishers were featured in the festival to help children discover their thirst for reading and learning. It also had storytelling, author interactions and workshops tailored for all age groups (3 – 6 years, 7 – 9 years and 10 - 12 years) and also for parents.
The first day included storytelling sessions in different forms, be it musical storytelling by Aunty Neil, interactive storytelling sessions by Sharad Kohli, author of Tansen, a play by the Khilona group and a theatrical clown performance by Sumit Rawat.
To encourage creative skills among children, creative writing and calligraphy workshops wre conducted by Manmeet Narang and Qamar Dagar respectively.
The second day entailed a musical storytelling session by story teller Deepa Kiran, an interaction with author Roopal Kewalya and a ‘Finger Stories’ session for children between 3 - 6 years by Vikram Shridhar. These sessions were followed by a fun comic strip session by Ajit Narayan, cartoonist and illustrator.
The interactions also included Tughlaq Theatrical Walk on Stage for children above 6 years and adults.