The National Children’s Literary fest hosted by KiiT International School set many a pulse racing as children from all over the country got a flavour of the festival on 18th and 19th of December, giving it the perfect impetus.
A conflagration of literary illuminati was led by renowned Indian author and brand ambassador of KIIT International School Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond was the pivot of the literary meet.
Other eminent writers included Jerry Pinto, erudite author and journalist, Chandrahaas Choudhury, well known fiction writer Vinita Zutshi, story teller and raconteur together with reputed publisher, Ravi Singh shared their thoughts and stories with an engaged audience across age groups.
Ajit Narayan, well known cartoonist augmented the fest with his workshops on cartooning and illustration, and the skyline of Bhubaneswar seemed to be lit up with their imaginative munificence.
In his valedictory address Bond said, this type of literary festival will motivate young children to write. He said, writing is a long lonely personal art. One can’t be a writer without a reader. You should be a writer; you should need your own icons.
Pinto said, children have a right to choose between reading and other recreational activities. If a child chooses to read, it would help the imagination to take fight. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT and KISS expressed his pleasure over the organization of literary festival. He said, it will help to groom up young students creativeness.
Biography on Dr. Samanta, ‘The Journey of a Thousand Miles’ by Atmika Patnaik was launched while Atmika provided the young minds the perfect aspirational pivot to launch themselves to the art of writing.
As many as 500 students from 70 schools from across the country were participated in it. Various competitions were held on storytelling, short story writing literary quiz and illustration-cartoon drawing.
Sai Aditi Rout of Mothers Public School, Iyush Panda of Bikas Residential school and Aditi Anusuya of DPS Kalinga were stood the first, second and third position in Storytelling and awarded with 5 thousand, 4 thousand and 3thousand cash prize respectively.
In illustration and cartoon drawing (for Jr.) Aditi Anusuya, Swarnima Bal of DPS Kalinga and Mitali Madhusmita of DAV Kalinga Nagar scored first, second and third position respectively and awarded with cash prize rupees 3000, 2000 and 1000. Similarly, in senior category Akankshya Patnaik of DPS Kalinga scored first position, while Ashutosh Pradhan of new Stewart School, Cuttack scored first position in Story writing, Prateek Mishra and Abhisek Nayak of KV 1 BBSR scored first position in quiz competition. All the winners were awarded with cash prize.
Dr. Mona Lisa Bal, Chairperson KiiT International School welcomed the guests while Sanjay Suar, Principal proposed the vote of thanks.