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Child authors showcase literary talent & creativity at Muskaan Litfest

New Delhi / Kolkata: Leading social, cultural, corporate and literary organizations of the country came together for the first time to host ...

New Delhi / Kolkata: 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 from Jan 10 to 12 was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) premises in Delhi.

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 Sachchidanand 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.

Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr Munjapara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, was present on the first day and interacted with 30 school-going young authors who got an opportunity and a national forum to tell their stories and share literary ideas over 15 sessions, workshops, interactions and performances. There were heart-warming poetry recitations by Aviraj Singhvi from Udaipur and Saina Sarin from Gurugram.

“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 away certificates to the young authors.

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

The litfest 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 initiative.

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 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 on the occasion.

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