September 28th, 2018
Workshops for Day 1
Friday
09:00 - 10:00
Oliver Phommavanh

"The amazing power of Writing Funny Stories"
Oliver Phommavanh will ask students to tap into their own sense of humour and show them how to bring it out onto the page. Oliver will share his secrets of how to use humour in their stories, through some short writing exercises. Discover how to come up with ideas for crazy characters, weird plots and outrageous jokes. 

Arundhati Venkatesh

"Create Compelling Characters"
With the creator of Bookasura & Petu Pumpkin. Pick funny names, wacky looks & more! 

Nayanika Mahtani

"Ambushed!"
The session, based on Nayanika Mahtani's novel, Ambushed, takes children on a thrilling adventure in tiger territory with gadget geek Tara - to hopefully remind children of the incredible adventures that await them in the natural world, if they look up from their virtual screens. The session will include a book trailer, a reading of an extract from the book, and a fun quiz for the kids in the audience. 

Nadia Hashimi

"We are all Storytellers"

Payal Kapadia

"Wisha Wozzariter!"
 Wish you were a writer? Take a ride on the Thought Express with author Payal Kapadia and her
award-winning book ‘Wisha Wozzariter.’ Visit the Marketplace of Ideas, exercise your Imagination and
tell the Story you were born to tell!

Martin Kiszko
10:00 - 10:30
Martin Kiszko

"Green Poems for a Blue Planet"
Saving our environment with the power of poetry! From disappearing tigers to eco-travel and from football to ‘poo power’,  Martin Kiszko, the UK’s
Green Poet says ‘I hope this show will make you think, raise a smile, start a conversation, spark an idea, spur us into action, or simply turn on a few ‘green lights’.

10:30 - 11:30
Oliver Phommavanh

"The amazing power of Writing Funny Stories"
Oliver Phommavanh will ask students to tap into their own sense of humour and show them how to bring it out onto the page. Oliver will share his secrets of how to use humour in their stories, through some short writing exercises. Discover how to come up with ideas for crazy characters, weird plots and outrageous jokes. 

Trupti Srikanth

"Meet - Create - Repeat" 
A collaborative story-creation workshop. Let's play with stories. 

Nayanika Mahtani

"Meet the Mongols"
The session, based on Nayanika Mahtani's book, The Gory Story of Genghis Khan a.k.a. Don’t Mess with the Mongols, invites children in for a closer look at this most fascinating Khan – prompting them to think about how history depends on who is telling the story. The session will include a book trailer, a reading of an extract from the book, and a fun quiz for the kids in the audience.

Anita Vachharajani

"Amazing India"
Amazing India, Scholastic, 2009, written by Anita Vachharajani and illustrated by Amit Vachharajani. A bestselling pictorial book on the states of India, with interesting information on the arts, crafts, history, geography and wildlife of each state. India has 29 states, seven union territories - a coastline of 7600 kilometers, over six religions and over a billion people. The states of India all have their own different languages, magnificently unique cultures and arts and crafts. Breathless yet? Take a peek into this fabulously illustrated book to get a snapshot of all the different states and union territories of India with their geographical and cultural variations, and their kaleidoscopic forms of art. This talk will take students of Class 3 to Class 5 through the adventure of book making - how we researched the book’s text and its art - and how books in general are made.

Sandhya Rao

"Languages Speak"
Children explore the sound of words and get a sense of how to listen and understand even if they don’t know the language. This workshop is based on an open-ended and free-flowing discussion and involves a little bit of writing and a lot of sharing of ideas and opinions. Listening is key.

11:30 - 12:30
Adithi Rao

"Tiny Tales for Tiny Folk: Children's Picture Books"
This workshop introduces children to the genre of Picture Books. It explores the art of telling small stories through a combination of words and illustrations, and how text translates into image. To describe it in a nutshell: Brevity. Simplicity. Visualization.

Martin Kiszko

"Green Poems for a Blue Planet"
Poetry Workshop - Poetry to turn you GREEN!!! 
Come and and create and perform a green poem and write then it on any piece of junk, plastic, trash or
litter you find or bring along! How environmentally friendly and poetic can you get!!!?

Deepak Dalal

"Feather Tales"
Discover India's bird heritage through delightful bird stories. Storks, cranes, hornbills, falcons, eagles and many, many other birds.  An illustrated talk.

Krishna Bala Shenoi

"Creating Creatures"
Children will learn how to visualize and draw creatures of their own design, constructed using only basic shapes and a little imagination. 

Sowmya Rajendran

Let the princess speak!
An interactive session on Girls to the Rescue, a collection of fairytale re-tellings, where the princesses rescue themselves. How do the same-old tales change when we empower the characters?

12:30 - 01:00
Lunch
01:00 - 02:00
Shabnam Minwalla

"All About Magic" 
Meet the boisterous cricketers and giggly girls from `The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street'. Meet the BFFs from `The Strange Haunting of Model High School’.
Then, let your creativity flow as you cook up rhyming spells and create your very own ghost.

Rupal Vaidya - Vanita Pai and Ritu Khoda

"Picture This!" - Part I
Children, with their ability to conjure up magical worlds and characters, freely play with colours and patterns, are likely to be the perfect illustrators for any children’s book. This workshop introduces them to the processes and essential techniques they will need in order to do so. Starting with an exploration of various illustration styles in order to encourage them to develop their own unique style, the workshop will then move on to defining critical elements such as evoking the “feel” of the story, developing characters and the worlds they inhabit, breaking down the story for the most dramatic “page turner” pagination and finally, putting it all to practice on a single page of a published story.

Deepa Balsavar

"I Have The Power!"
Explore the relationship between illustrations and words. We will look at the way illustrations complement or compete with a story, what attracts us to certain illustrations and how certain pictures take the narrative far beyond the written word. We will play drawing and story telling games and have such a good time we won’t want to go home! 

Kalyani Ganapathy

"'The song at the heart of the river"
Written by Ishani Naidu, The Song at the Heart of the River is an introduction to emotional, physical and spiritual awareness. We will simply follow the  journey of a very moody river. This story is merely a reflection of the ancient Indian philosophy of the three universal vibrations—sattva, rajas and tamas. With this as our guide, we learn to look within, observing the vibrations in our own mind and body, and find a simple and joyful path towards balance.

Deepika Murthy (Pika Nani)

'The Adventures of Shrilok Homeless' 
An interactive session that includes solving secret codes, mini mysteries and an observation and deduction game. 

02:00 - 03:00
Jess Butterworth

"Adventure Stories" 
How to create amazing settings and characters.

Rupal Vaidya - Vanita Pai and Ritu Khoda

"Picture This!"
Part II

Roopal Kewalya

"The Art of Empathy: Loving Nature with The Little Rainmaker"
Through fun questions and answers and engaging activities, children would be made aware of how empathy is the root source of connecting with everyone around. The workshop would also use role play and excerpts from the book The Little Rainmaker to throw light on how nature needs our utmost empathy in these times. 

Devapriya Roy

"Mrs. G, Indira Thapa and The Odd Summer Project" 
Who was Mrs. G? What made her iconic? And why did Devapriya Roy and Priya Kuriyan write a book about her? This is a session about a book that introduces Mrs. Gandhi to a generation in danger of forgetting her. 

Roopa Pai

"The Greatest City On Earth"
Strap on your seat-belts and get ready to travel back in time 500 years to the city of victory, Vijayanagara, in India's deep south. Once there, walk around the fabulous bazaars of Hampi, climb the rocky hills around the Tungabhadra river, watch the glittering Dusshera celebrations, and meet King Krishna Deva Raya himself!