Literary jingles to alternative endings — young booklovers have many ideas for TATA STEEL KALAM’S CHILDREN’S LIT MEET

In its sixth year in January 2017, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) will have a prologue in the form of a children’s literary meet. To be co-hosted by Victoria Memorial on January 22-23 ahead of the main meet, which is held in association with The Telegraph, the kiddie sessions will not just discuss children’s writing but will, in fact, be curated by young readers themselves. 

  • Published 16.11.16
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Brimming with ideas on books and beyond, students gathered at Galerie 88 for a brainstorming session for the first children’s literary meet to be held by Tata Steel Kalam on January 22 and 23, 2017

In its sixth year in January 2017, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) will have a prologue in the form of a children’s literary meet. To be co-hosted by Victoria Memorial on January 22-23 ahead of the main meet, which is held in association with The Telegraph, the kiddie sessions will not just discuss children’s writing but will, in fact, be curated by young readers themselves. 

To start the ideation process, Team Kalam and its partner Think Arts met a bunch of students from various city schools at Galerie 88 on Shakespeare Sarani on November 3. And despite the unseasonal November rain, bookworms in the 12-18 age group turned up in big numbers, brimming with ideas. 

“Let us blend music with literature and create a song or a jingle,” said one. “Let us draw our interpretation of scenes from our favourite books,” said another. 

When asked about their favourite authors, names likes J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown and Jhumpa Lahiri came up multiple times.

The co-directors of the children’s lit meet, Malavika Banerjee and Ruchira Das, were all praise for the enthusiasm shown by the youngsters. “I am very impressed with the range of books discussed by the students and the innovative ideas they threw into the mix,” said Malavika.

Text: Prashant Pradhan
Pictures: B. Halder

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