Tell a tale at this lan­guage fes­ti­val


You might have heard das­tan­gos im­pres­sively nar­rate wind­ing tales, but have you wit­nessed an 8-yearold per­form das­tan­goi? For fans of lit­er­a­ture, there’s this and a world of books that will un­ravel at the In­dian Lan­guages Fes­ti­val Sa­man­vay.

This fes­ti­val was in­tro­duced in Delhi’s cul­tural cal­en­dar to pro­mote In­dian lan­guages. This year, it’s fo­cussing on lit­er­a­ture for young adults and chil­dren. And, there will also be per­for­mances by chil­dren for chil­dren. Fouzia Das­tango, who will present po­etic sto­ries at the event, says the act will open with kids per­form­ing das­tan­goi. “Raghav Me­hta, 8, will present the story of the Pied Piper — as writ­ten by Saf­dar Hashmi — and Mahua Agar­wal, 10, will nar­rate the tale of a girl who has long hair. Th­ese are short sto­ries for which the kids have been re­hears­ing for a month.”

The fest will have dis­cus­sions by chil­dren’s au­thors, and an ar­ray of book stalls to pro­mote re­gional lan­guages in chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. Shan­tanu Dut­tagupta, pub­lish­ing head,

Scholas­tic In­dia, says, “In­dia has a vast repos­i­tory of lan­guages. Our folk­lore and oral sto­ry­telling tra­di­tion has a lot of po­ten­tial to be trans­lated from re­gional lan­guages to English or Hindi. Though we are pub­lish­ing in some re­gional lan­guages, cer­tainly the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try can do more.”

Henna Rakheja

Sto­ry­telling and film screen­ings will be part of this cel­e­bra­tion of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture; Be­low: Fouzia Das­tango

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