Sunday, May 19, 2024

Muskaan Litfest for Child Authors showcases young literary talent

Some of the leading social, cultural, corporate and literary organizations of the country came together for the first time to host a unique literature festival – `Muskaan Litfest for Child Authors’ – under the Muskaan initiative of Kolkata-based non-for-profit trusts, Prabha Khaitan Foundation and Education for All Trust. The three-day event was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) premises in Delhi.

Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr Munjapara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, interacted with 30 school-going young authors from all over the country. “Muskaan is a brilliant initiative of PKF to give a platform for the young talented writers to showcase their works and inspire future talents,” the minister said. He also gave certificates to the young authors.

Ruskin Bond, the most popular, loved and revered author among the children, in a message lauded Prabha Khaitan Foundation for its commendable efforts to promote the habit of reading among children through the Muskaan initiative.

The three-day Litfest (Jan 10-12) was organized in collaboration with IGNCA and in association with India International Centre and Sahitya Akademi as the knowledge
partner. Shree Cement supported the event as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Priyank Kanoongo, Chairman, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Also present on the occasion were Sachchidan and Joshi, member secretary, the executive and academic head of IGNCA; K N Shrivastava, Director of IIC, and K Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi.

“Literature is the mirror of society. It is important to provide child authors the right environment and upbringing to promote literature,” Kanoongo said. He asserted that
instead of social media, the children should take more interest in writing and literature.
The evening was marked by a scintillating cultural programme ‘Udaan’ conceptualised by Shinjini Kulkarni, Ehsaas Woman of Prabha Khaitan Foundation.

Huma Khalil Mirza, Ehsaas Woman of Delhi and Unnati Singh, Ehsaas Woman of Indore, also chipped in and livened up the show. Teams of women achievers who work to create cultural capital and assets are a part of a Ehsaas Woman network in major cities of India under the aegis of Prabha Khaitan Foundation.

Dancer and choreographer Avirup Sengupta, who works with specially-abled children through Prayas Foundation, presented an enthralling performance. The Foundation had flown in children from Kolkata for the special performance.

The latest issue of PKF newsletter Prabha, based on the theme of children’s literature, was formally released.

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