CBSE-Katha Utsav showcases art of reading

Jan 02 2014, 16:40 IST
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SummarySeveral Katha clubs were formed in CBSE schools that held literary lessons for students.

A three-day reading festival organised by CBSE in association with Katha was recently held in the city.

The three day festival not only saw participation from young enthusiastic kids but also saw the who’s who of the literary circle mingling with children. Innovative and diverse, the event was filled with various sessions on the art of reading, the importance of technology, the beauty of writing and various competitions for students to have some fun.

The main objective of this CBSE-Katha initiative is to identify, encourage and provide a platform to all the future poets, novelists and translators of the country.

The event also saw various publishers and editors since great story writing comes from accepting the great criticism from the masters of the trade.

Sakshi Jain, Art Director, Katha, excited to be a part of the festival said, “Books are not merely a product to be sold, they are a product of love which originate in the mind of the writer and then transferred to the mind of the reader.”

When asked about his thoughts on such events, Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE, said “It is a must that more and more such festivals are organized to rejuvenate the art of reading amongst students. Technology has started playing such a big role today those children almost seem to forget the printed word.”

During the workshop, various spots were allotted in Sanskriti School wherein the students could go and showcase their creative skills. There was a Culture Café where the students could create flavors and textures of the culture they come from. This included excellence in writing, translation and illustration. Similarly, there was also a Twitter Café and a YouTube café where the young writers could learn, share, make friends with their tweets and record the video of anything around them with the camera provided to them and share that on YouTube.

CBSE and Katha started a joint venture earlier this year to help nurture future writers in the country. Several Katha clubs were formed in CBSE schools that held literary lessons for students. Students who showcased a flair for literary writing were selected from these clubs for this national workshop.

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