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11:30AM Stories from Here and There, Storytelling Session (5-7 Years), Greystroke
12:30PM Let’s Make a Comic (8+ Years), Amar Chitra Katha
2:00PM Once Upon a Story, Storytelling Session (7-12 Years), Jyothi Rao Kunjoor
3:15PM Can you say U-P-A-N-I-S-H-A-D? (10-80 Years), Interactive Session with Author Roopa Pai
4:30PM Detective for a Day (7-12 Years), Interactive Session with Author Pika Nani
Greystroke is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He’s been a writer, illustrator, art director, photographer and filmmaker, even publisher, for over 20 years now.
Reena I Puri
Reena I. Puri is the Executive Editor of Amar Chitra Katha, the comics magazine series. She has led the team in creating all Amar Chitra Katha titles since 2008. She has also created a new range of picture story books for younger children in the narrative format called Amar Chitra Katha Junior.
Reena was Associate Editor of Tinkle, the comics magazine for children in Mumbai from 1991 to 2005. She worked with and learned about writing for children, from the legendary Anant Pai. She believes that storytelling is a very powerful and friendly medium which can be used extensively to share ideas with people, and particularly with children.
Sanjana Kapur enjoys interacting with children. She has conducted various workshops and story-telling sessions in different schools across India. With over ten years of experience in writing comics and editing, she is constantly on the lookout for new stories to tell. When she isn’t writing, you can find her running after her one-year-old or playing tunes on Rafiki, her ukulele.
Sanjhiya Mayekar is an illustrator and an aspiring animator with a master’s degree in animation. She has been professionally designing for eight years. Growing up reading Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha, it was like a dream come true for her to be a part of the company which has been telling children in India and all over the world stories since the 1960s. The best moment in her professional carrier was seeing her art on Amar Chitra Katha’s cover of ‘Shakti – Tales of the Mother Goddess’.
Jyothi Rao Kunjoor
Jyothi Rao Kunjoor is a professional storyteller. Her goal is to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity in her audience. Her stories transport her audience to a place where imaginations soar and creativity blossoms. Her style of narration is based largely on voice modulation, body language and songs. She also brings characters to life using puppets, props and pictures. Through storytelling, she hopes to kindle a love for reading and public speaking in children and adults alike.
Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known children’s authors. This computer engineer has written more than 25 books, spanning the gamut from picture books to chapter books, and fiction and non-fiction, on themes as diverse as sci-fi fantasy, popular science, history, economics, philosophy, math and life skills. Her books, which include the award-winning national bestseller The Gita for Children, the very popular So You Want To Know About Economics, and Taranauts, India’s first complete fantasy-adventure series for children in English, are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Pika Nani is the author of the detective series, ‘The Adventures of Shrilok Homeless’, a thriller set in Mumbai. Her first book ‘Little Indians – Stories from across the country’, is a bestselling fact plus fiction book. Two of her stories appear in the popular school text book Gul Mohar Reader. She worked as an organisational psychologist for several years before setting out to pursue her childhood dream of being a writer; hence the pen name from her childhood. She conducts creative writing workshops and book reading activities in schools and libraries. She loves to travel and lives in Bengaluru with her family.
Hippocampus was set up in 2003 for giving children access to an incredible variety of books with an aim to promote the joy of reading. The ever-evolving collection of books, the friendly and informed ‘librarians’ and the beautiful space, are what give Hippocampus a unique position amongst children’s libraries in India. Hippocampus is over 15 years old and boasts over 17,000 books spread across 53 genres. The reading is supported by storytelling, author/illustrator interaction, book-themed events and field trips.
The Hippocampus school outreach includes training and library vibrancy programmes, book curation, author/illustrator/storytellers visit coordination, librarian lesson plans, reading aids, etc. We also have a reading programme created especially for government and budget schools called GROW BY Reading, which is currently being used by hundreds of schools across the country.