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‘KathaVana 2014’ - Children’s Literature Festival to be inaugurated by Kannada Poet, Novelist and Writer, H.S. Venkateshmurthy

The theme of the year is Children’s Voices in Literature. The theme focuses on engaging children with literature and bringing their voices into classroom and school spaces.

Bangalore, September 8, 2014: Azim Premji University is organizing its third annual children's literature festival, KathaVana (September 10th-13th, 2014), with the intent of supporting educators in bringing children and literature together. This bilingual (Kannada and English) festival brings together children, storytellers, publishers, teachers, academicians and other educators each year to celebrate and explore the world of children's literature. Last year, this festival brought together over 1800 children and 100 teachers over four days. KathaVana showcases the tremendous role that literature can play in children's lives.

In this third edition of KathaVana, the theme, Children’s Voices in Literature, asks how we can engage children with literature and bring their voices into classroom and school spaces. As a “pre-engagement” to the festival, Azim Premji University has been working with 21 partner schools over the past two months. Each of these schools has been working on a self-designed `Folklore’ project. The intent of these projects was to provide teachers and students with opportunities to learn more about folklore, thus connecting the worlds of home and school through a literary form. KathaVana 2014 will include a showcasing of some of these school folklore projects.

KathaVana will be held over four days, from September 10th-13th. On September 10th and 11th it will be organised at the Azim Premji University; while on September 12th and 13th, it will move to the premises of the historic children’s organization, Makkala Koota, in Chamrajpet. Events at the university are designed for adults (teachers, librarians, University students and faculty, and allied professionals) and will include panel discussions, teacher professional development workshops and a colloquium lecture. Events at Makkala Koota are designed with both children and teachers in mind. Activities for children include meet-the-author and meet-the-illustrator sessions, read-aloud and other literature-based activities, a book exhibition featuring some of the best publishers of Indian literature for children, as well as fun and learning filled performances. Teachers can enjoy brief “Share-a-Thought” sessions, view literature projects conducted by other schools, and browse through the book exhibition.

Azim Premji University is a not-for-profit, private, autonomous university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010. The University has a clear social purpose of working towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. S. Giridhar, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of Azim Premji University said, “All of us have a responsibility to use every precious opportunity to bring together children and literature in India. We believe Kathavana is that kind of opportunity. While allowing children to have fun with literature, we are also conscious of the meaningful nature of the engagement and hence keep it within the context of classrooms and schools.”

Many well-known authors, publishers, educationists and artists from both the English and Kannada worlds, such as, Geeta Ramanujam, T. Lakshmi Narayana, N. Mangala – (Sanchari Theater), Dr. Mahabelshwar Rao (Educator), Mala Kumar (Pratham Books), Ravi (Windmill School for Migratory Labor) Dr. Rimli Bhattacharya (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata), Poile Sengupta (Author), Kosuraju Suresh (Manchi Pustakam) and Radhika Menon (Tulika Books), will be a part of KathaVana. H.S. Venkateshmurthy, (Kannada poet, novelist and writer), will deliver the inaugural address at the University, while Na D’Souza (Author) will deliver the inaugural address at Makkala Koota

The last day of the festival, Saturday, September 13th, is open to the public.

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About Azim Premji University

Azim Premji University was established as a not-for-profit, private, autonomous university under the Azim Premji University Act 2010. The University has a clear social purpose of working towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. Azim Premji University plays a critical role in developing new talent, building capacity in existing functionaries and creating domain knowledge in the fields of education and in development. The Azim Premji Foundation is the sponsor of the University. The roots of Azim Premji University lie in the learning and experience of a decade of work in elementary education by Azim Premji Foundation. The University is one of the Foundation’s key responses to the challenges confronting the education and development sectors in India.

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