GUWAHATI, Nov 8 – The Ninth Festival of Books for Children of Anwesha will start from November 10 with a nine-day programme at the Chandmari Assam Engineering Institute (AEI) field here. The central theme of the festival this time is the ‘Rights of Child.’ Anwesha has been organizing the festival of books for children in Guwahati for the last several years. The objective of the festival is to expose the children to the exciting world of books and inculcate the habit of reading in them.
As in the past, the 9th festival is being organized in collaboration with UNICEF Assam office, Actionaid, National Book Trust. Many other organizations have also extended support to it.
The major highlights of the 9th Festival of Books for children will be an exhibition on child rights, a seminar on the status of children’s literature in Assamese and the releasing of a book entitled Amar Saisob. The convention on the Rights of the Child specified the rights of all children (0 to 18 years) concerning their health care, education, legal, civil and social services.
Anwesha has planned a book, compiling essays on childhood experiences of 24 eminent people of Assam in different fields. This book of colorful experiences of eminent personalities will be released during the festival and many of the people who have contributed for the volume will attend the release of the book and share the tidbits of their childhood experiences with the children.
There will of course be all the regular features of the festival such as the colorful book march, rang mela and others. Two other interesting additions will be an exhibition on oil refining by Guwahati Refinery and a facility provided by AMTRON for the children for video conferencing and accessing the marvel of the cyber world.
To introduce the children to the diversity of life and reality and quench their inquisitiveness, everyday the organisers will invite experts from different disciplines to interact with them in the cultural evening. From the beginning to the end, a host of authors, intellectuals, scientists, artistes and other professionals will attend the festival to interact with the children.
A major attraction of the 9th Festival of Books for Children will be a Children’s Book Fair. Books published by all major publishers in Assamese and English will be available in the fair. There will be no entry fees in the festival. The 9th Festival of Books for Children will provide a forum for the disabled children to showcase their activities, achievement and aspiration under the auspices of Sishu Sarothi. The occasion will also be used to build up awareness among the people on the rights of the disabled children.
The festival will be organized at the AEI playground, Chanmari. The programmes will be organized in a temporarily-constructed pavillion, named after late Jyanpeeth award winning author Mamani roisom Goswami. Eminent historian and journalist Dr Rudrangshu Mukherjee will inaugurate the festival on November 10 at 10.30 am. The chief guest of the occasion will be Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region.