Thursday, 19 September 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Sangeeta Das

Sangeeta Das sent us the following story about her storytelling sessions. Sangeeta is  a freelance writer, illustrator, designer. She says "Children are my oxygen since I was 17. I love doing theater, art and crafts and storytelling with them. Working for kids, their rights, their happiness, their entertainment is the mission of my life now. Unfortunately I don't have kids of my own, but I have started mothering all children as my own." You can follow Sangeeta on Twitter at @pinkgenes

My champions experience began as soon as you send me the books. First I made Paplu's mask and stitched his kurta. Then I found the Barkhadevi story quite interesting so I made three stuff toys -- Ms.Shanti, Mr.Khatkhakhat and Mr.Tamasha. The children loved the toys so much that they started creating their own stories with the toys. :-)

It took me about a week to organize the permissions and venues of the event. In total I had about 5 venues and 7 sessions of two stories each. 

On 7th I went to a Govt. school near my home and although the teachers were eager to invite me, I had to take a prior permission from MCD. I did 2 sessions with junior sections. 

Next I went to a small school run by an NGO. Children from BPL families of farmers, come to that school. I did 2 sessions with them with different stories. 

On Sunday I gathered the children of my housing society and held 1 session

at our library. 

On Monday I went to a home for HIV positive children. Since I went to their home the atmosphere was quiet relaxed and fun.

Tuesday and Wednesday was reserved for a school where they gave me about 400 children in batches in their auditorium. So as a theater artiste it was a great time for me as I could perform the stories on stage with full paraphernalia. 

Thank you once again to Pratham Books for this great time.

Thank you Sangeeta for spreading the joy of reading!

This International Literacy Day, Pratham Books has taken a 1000 steps towards a 'Reading India'

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. Last year Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. This year we are delighted that over a 1000 sessions are happening across the length and breadth of the country.We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If any of you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at web(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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