Gangtok, 24 June: For the first time in Gangtok, Bookaroo Children’s literature festival will be held in the Himalayan state.

The festival is organised by Delhi based Bookaro Trust.This was informed by Venkatesh M, Festival director stated that the festivals aims children from 4 to 14 years of age and is for the first time that this literature festival is being held in Sikkim.

Festival is in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Gangtok leg would feature 20 plus speakers and 59 sessions encompassing workshops, storytelling, drama, art and craft.

Venue of the program will be Takse International School and is opening on 28th June at 9:30am and will conclude on 29th June.

Swati Roy, Festival Director stated that a select bunch of visitors comprising of students of Takse School eventually led to the festival coming to Gangtok aided by its director, Sonam Paljor Denjongpa.

It was informed that there have been 32 legs of the festival encompassing across the country.

She stressed that kids need to learn new styles of engagement and see how to have fun in reading.

The organisers have stated that they get deep gratification when they see number of students get to see a different side to learning.

“I am glad that our students have been the agents of change,” added Swati Roy. They have won International Excellence Award at the London Book Fair. The two day festival has 20 plus speakers with Reshma Thapa Gurung and Chewang Dorjee from Sikkim.

“Impact of this event on Takse students have been tremendous. They have returned more confident in speaking in public, in asking questions, in makinf conversations with adults and more importantly inspired to read more,” said Sonam Paljor Denjongpa, Director, Takse International School.

He hopes that with Bookaro coming to Gangtok the children will have an exposure to literature.

Organisers have informed that stories of Sikkim would find a special place in the festival this year.

Authors from neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan will also be taking part in the festival.Apart from storytelling activities include art workshops, storytelling, puppetry and writing.

This festival will have activities replete with themes like “Gorgeous Gangtok” and “Team Tapestry”. Organisers have appealed to children and parents to take part in a first of uts kind event.

One never knows what instills a child’s mind and the seeds sown leave a lasting impression on their mind. Such festivals may help children see a different side to learning.

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