TERI offers literary treat for Delhi kids at Bookaroo festival
In a unique initiative, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) organised a series of exciting activities to introduce young kids to the wondrous realm of literature at the fifth annual 'Bookaroo' festival.
Through the initiative, TERI sought to inculcate among children a spirit of sensitivity towards the environment, while encouraging them to read and explore various literary works. In this context, eminent author, social worker, and educational consultant Ms Vijaylakshmi Nagaraj took young kids on a mystic journey through an enthralling storytelling session, 'Tales of Wonder,' held under the shade of a majestic banyan tree.
The session gave a glimpse of the mysterious and creative wonderlands of India, ranging from Magnetic Hill to a park full of dinosaur eggs and beyond.
"I am really happy to be launching my book on natural wonders with TERI at the Bookaroo festival. The stories about the natural wonders are sure to delight the young on their voyage of discovery. Weaving the facts and information about the wonders into a story was indeed a challenge. The book is really attractive and appealing. I am sure all children would love to read it," said Ms Nagaraj, who has penned several books in her illustrious career, the latest being 'The Natural Wonders of India' published by TERI Press.
She also conducts storytelling in rural areas, hospitals, and for developmentally challenged children, as well as puppet-making workshops using eco-friendly products.
Another interesting session, 'The Web of Life' and #1440;a dance drama and #1440;was led by choreographer Mr. Chittaranjan Nayak, who specialises in several dance forms including Indian classical, modern jazz, contemporary, ballroom, and Latin. Mr Nayak has also choreographed many musical extravaganzas for schools across India.
Using his innate ability to connect with kids, Mr. Nayak helped children explore nature's various life forms through dance, music, drama, songs, and games. "Young minds are like sponges that absorb everything they encounter. Song, dance and movement engage body, mind and soul to help children develop their full potential and be the best that they can be," Mr. Nayak opined.
In a bid to spread the cause of environment among the youngsters, teachers from the Dwarka-based St Mary's School led a special recycling workshop, preparing new and useful things from old, discarded material. The session concluded with the message--One man's junk is another man's treasure.
TERI will host another session, "Incredible India," at the festival on November 25 with Ms Nagaraj, who will again mesmerise kids through stories exploring some of nature's most amazing wonders in the country.