Wednesday 7 May 2014

Pratham Books Champions : Deeptha Vivekanand, Sowmya, Aparna and Vikram Sridhar

Deeptha Vivekanand shares a report about the multiple storytelling sessions conducted by Sowmya, Aparna, Vikram Sridhar and her.

At Atta Galatta and Ever After, Bangalore

On 7th September, a group of three storytellers—Deeptha from Ever After, Sowmya and Aparna from Kid & Parent Foundation—came together at Atta Galatta, to perform stories from three Pratham books: Paplu, The Giant; Bhabloo the Bear’s Adventure and Grandpa Fish And The Radio. Around 15 children attended the session, along with their parents. They were an enthusiastic bunch and actively participated in all three stories with the same level of energy. At the end of the session, we engaged them in a quick game called ‘Ulta Pulta’ which saw them performing actions that were the opposite of what was being called out. The kids loved the activity, throwing themselves on the floor, laughing, tumbling and crouching according to the instructions. It was hilarious! They then drew their favourite characters from the stories they listened to and took their artwork home as a reminder of the good time they had.

On 8th September, Vikram Sridhar from Tahatto and Deeptha from Ever After conducted a joint storytelling session at the Ever After Centre. The heavy downpour just before the start of the session did not dampen the spirits of the people who had registered for the event. About 20 kids came with the parents; some brought their grandparents too! Deeptha narrated Paplu, The Giant while Vikram told Lion On The Loose. Children loved the part where Paplu’s clothes were ripped off; there was laughter all around when pieces of cloth were thrown at them as a representation of Paplu’s shirt. They vied with each other to grab a bit of Paplu’s outfit. During Vikram’s narration, kids were completely involved as he asked them to contribute their ideas to the building of the story. It was a lot of noise as they all screamed out their thoughts, eager to be heard. In all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable session.

Looking forward to next year’s session already!


On International Literacy Day (2013), Pratham Books took 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. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. In 2013, over a 1000 sessions took place 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 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 champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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