Event Schedule

The History of India for Children

Archana Garodia Gupta

Girl Power!

Neha Hiranandani

Gaan Shune Golpo Banai

11:00 am Galerie 88

Arna Seal

Draw A Story

11:00 am Galerie 88

Pavel Paul

Peek a Book

11:00 am Galerie 88

Ruchira Das

What is writing?

2:00 pm Galerie 88

Neha Hiranandani

What does it say?

2:00 pm Galerie 88

Alpo Time Galpo Time

2:00 pm Galerie 88

Sanchari Mookherjee

Bob Dylan — If not for you

3:00 pm Galerie 88

Jaimin Rajani

Vineet Arora

Enter the wild world of the Bhyabachyaka

4:00 pm Galerie 88

Sampurna Chattarji

Eurig Salisbury

Future Casting: Write Your World

4:00 pm Galerie 88

Bijal Vaccharajani

We Listen, We Draw with ThinkArts

4:00 pm Galerie 88

Book launch of A Very Naughty Dragon

Paro Anand

Sarah Rose

The Bhyabachyaka and Other Wild Poems

Sampurna Chattarji

Eurig Salisbury

Reading from A Cloud Called Bhura

Bijal Vaccharajani

Reading from Kalkatta Chronicles

Supriya Newar

Stand Up for Mr Pal

Anuvab Pal

Readiscover

Ruskin Bond

Neha Hiranandani

SPEAKERS

Anuvab Pal

Anuvab Pal

Anuvab Pal is an internationally renowned playwright, author, screenwriter, stand-up comic and columnist. His stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has had over 500 sold out shows, while Empire, has played in 35 cities world-wide. He has written the screenplay for Bollywood films Loins Of Punjab Presents and The President is Coming and is the author of four hit plays – The President is Coming, 1 888 Dial India, The Bureaucrat and Chaos Theory, three of which were bestsellers. He also wrote a non-fiction book on Bollywood movie The Disco Dancer. He writes for The Economic Times and Times of India.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:40 pm
Stand Up for Mr Pal - Lessons from school life from Kolkata boy Anuvab Pal

Arna Seal

Arna Seal

Arna Seal is a Sociologist, teacher-educator, child rights and cultural activist, lyricist, author and story-teller. She is the co-founder and director of BONDHU, an experiential and creative learning center for children and young adults and a children’s publication house. Arna is also a Teacher Educator and works with children and adolescents in both rural and urban areas in areas of research, capacity building and project management. With a Ph.D in Sociology from Tulane University, Louisiana, USA, she has 25 years of combined professional experience in development research, individual & organizational capacity development, knowledge management, pre-school to post-graduate level activation & teaching, school project management and scaling in urban, peri-urban and rural geographies and curating art-for-change digital domains. Her areas of work include Education, Culture and the Arts, Communication and Advocacy and Public Health and Gender. She works/collaborates extensively with Academic and Government organizations, INGOs, NGOS, and international funding organizations both independently and as part of a team of experts.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:00 am
Gaan Shune Golpo Banai - Author & storyteller Arna Seal will share some bengali songs with the children, from which they will create their own stories and make books

Bijal Vaccharajani

Bijal Vaccharajani

Bijal Vachharajani is a journalist, editor and author. When she is not reading Harry Potter, she is Editor Scissorhands at Pratham Books. A journalist, Bijal is the author of four children’s books including A Cloud Called Bhura and So You Want to Know About the Environment. She has edited a magazine, rescued animals, and written tons of articles about nature, food and books. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica and is now a certified climate warrior.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:00 pm
Future Casting: Write Your World - Author Bijal Vachharajani will read from her book, A Cloud Called Bhura. Students will sharpen their pencils and imagine a climate changed world and use creative writing exercises to build their own fictional future.

January 24, 2020 ● 11:30 am
Reading from A Cloud Called Bhura - Bijal Vachharajani reads from her book, a climate adventure where young climate champions take on the global environmental crisis

Archana Garodia Gupta

Archana Garodia Gupta

Archana Garodia Gupta is the co-author of the bestselling A History of Indiafor Children and the author of The Women who ruled India’. She has been an expert on Kaun Banega Crorepati for many episodes and is one of India’s leading quizzers, “Champion of Champions”, of BBC Mastermind in India. She is currently the National Chair of the FICCI MSME Committee. She leads the SME Task force on the Brics Financial Committee from India. Archana qualified with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 11:40 am
The History of India for Children - Archana Garodia shares stories from her book about some amazing events and people in India's past that make our country what it is

Eurig Salisbury

Eurig Salisbury

Eurig Salisbury is an author who writes books, gives lectures, plays football, tires quickly and is actually pronounced Eirig.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:00 pm
Enter the wild world of the Bhyabachyaka - Authors Sampurna Chattarji and Eurig Salibury will take kids through the intriguing world of invented words, Bangla words and cultural words to make a new world of original, nonsensical, humorous and very serious poetry.

January 24, 2020 ● 10:40 am
The Bhyabachyaka and Other Wild Poems - A reading and interaction with authors Eurig Salisbury and Sampurna Chattarji

Jaimin Rajani

Jaimin Rajani

Bombay-born Calcutta-thoroughbred, Jaimin is an intermittent singer-songwriter. He gave up his advertising job to organise live music events across Kolkata and manage independent musicians. Jaimin is the writer of the film, If Not for You

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Bob Dylan — If not for you -

Neha Hiranandani

Neha Hiranandani

Neha J Hiranandani is a writer whose columns have appeared in The Indian Express, Huffington Post, NDTV and Vogue among others. She holds degrees in Literature and Education from Wellesley College and Harvard University. Her first book Girl Power! Was published by Scholastic India and her forthcoming book will be published by Penguin Random House in 2020.

Attending Session

January 22, 2020 ● 12:25 pm
Girl Power! - Neha Hiranandani on her new book and the need to empower young minds with real stories

January 23, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
What is writing? -

January 24, 2020 ● 1:10 pm
Readiscover - Ruskin Bond discusses what only reading can teach you. In conversation with Neha Hiranandani

Paro Anand

Paro Anand

Paro Anandis a Bal Sahitya Puraskar winning author who has written books for children, young adults and adults. She also works with children in schools and NGOs, through her program Literature in Action and holds a world record for helping over three thousand children make the world’s longest newspaper. She has been awarded for her contribution to children’s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture. No Guns at my Son’s Funeral opened to rave reviews, was on the International Board on Books for Young People Honour List, has been translated into German and French, and is being adapted for cinema. The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet was on the 1001 Books to Read before You Grow Up, an international gold standard of the world’s best books ever. Wingless has been performed nationally and internationally. She has authored Like SmokeThe OtherNomad’s Land and co-authored Two with Orjan Persson.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 10:00 am
Book launch of A Very Naughty Dragon - Paro Anand and Sarah Rose

Pavel Paul

Pavel Paul

By profession, I’m an illustrator, graphic designer, and motion graphic artist. I have illustrated several books and magazines (one of them is ‘Suktara’, a popular Bengali magazine) for the children. To me, the illustration is not only to support a text but to expand the meaning with its vast visual and stylistic possibilities. It has been such a pleasure to work for and with the children, exploring the medium from different aspects.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:00 am
Draw A Story - Join graphic deisgner & illustrator Pavel Paul to create your own unique story through pictures

Ruchira Das

Ruchira Das

Early in her career, Ruchira Das decided to leave the corporate world to follow her heart and work with the arts. After 15 years of working with various arts organisations across India, in different capacities, she founded ThinkArts in December 2013.

Based in Kolkata, ThinkArts works towards bringing a diverse programme of literary, visual art, dance, theatre to children and young people in several cities across India. They also curate the Junior Kolkata Literary Meet.

Ruchira works with several educational and arts organisations across India as a freelance artist and consultant and is the deputy director of ARThink South Asia.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 11:00 am
Peek a Book - A special session for toddlers and their grown-ups. Join Ruchira Das as she reads aloud some award winning books.

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is an award-winning Indian author of British descent, much renowned for his role in promoting children’s literature in India. He has written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas and more than 50 books for children. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written at 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. His latest work, The Little Book of Comfort, will be available from January 2019. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 1:10 pm
Readiscover - Ruskin Bond discusses what only reading can teach you. In conversation with Neha Hiranandani

Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji writes books, teaches writing, wears silver, talks fast and is actually pronounced Shompurna.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 4:00 pm
Enter the wild world of the Bhyabachyaka - Authors Sampurna Chattarji and Eurig Salibury will take kids through the intriguing world of invented words, Bangla words and cultural words to make a new world of original, nonsensical, humorous and very serious poetry.

January 24, 2020 ● 10:40 am
The Bhyabachyaka and Other Wild Poems - A reading and interaction with authors Eurig Salisbury and Sampurna Chattarji

Sanchari Mookherjee

Sanchari Mookherjee

Sanchari Mookherjee has been writing on social issues for more than a decade in the Bengali media space. Her writings combine keen social awareness with great communicative skill. Personal prose is her forte, the strength emanating from her unique way of seeing the world and finding a new meaning of even the mundane things of everyday life. This, along with a sharply critical mind, is what has always given all her pieces, particularly the regular columns in the Sunday supplement of the leading Bengali newspaper of West Bengal, their cutting edge. These columns have been collected in the book Ekta Kashto Lajja Bhoy.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 2:00 pm
Alpo Time Galpo Time -

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose is nine years old and this is her first ever book. She loves Komodo dragons and reptiles. She loves almost all scary, dangerous, scaly, toothy and poisonous animals. She is athletic and loves playing squash. In her spare time, she reads, sings and sometimes even bakes!

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 10:00 am
Book launch of A Very Naughty Dragon - Paro Anand and Sarah Rose

Supriya Newar

Supriya Newar

Author of the widely acclaimed title, ‘Kalkatta Chronicles’, Supriya Newar has clocked two decades of keen professional involvement in the world of brand and communications. She has had the opportunity to work closely with prestigious Indian and global brands, lead and train teams.
A music aficionado, Supriya authored and curated a tribute, dedicated to Late Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi called ‘Pranaam Appa’ which was released by the Hon’ble Governor of Bengal in 2018. She has also translated the biography of the illustrious Seth Govind Das from Hindi to English. Supriya enjoys interacting with students and is a guest lecturer at various reputed institutes. A zealous traveller with many of her travelogues widely published, she has more than 500 bylines to her name. Supriya Newar is attached with a clutch of firms as a Communications Consultant and also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Linc Pens.

Attending Session

January 24, 2020 ● 12:10 pm
Reading from Kalkatta Chronicles - Rediscover your city and its endearing quirks and idiosyncrasies through Supriya Newar's book

Vineet Arora

Vineet Arora

Vineet, an aspiring filmmaker stuck in the wrong job also considers himself a Calcutta Evangelist. He thinks art is anything you can get away with. Vineet has directed and co-edited the film – If Not For You.

Attending Session

January 23, 2020 ● 3:00 pm
Bob Dylan — If not for you -

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Victoria Memorial Hall

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Galerie 88

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