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    A first-of-its-kind children’s literature fest debuts in Bengaluru

    It’s happening everywhere. From Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai to Bengaluru, all the major metros and cosmopolitan cities are up for some reading at literature fests. But in this milieu of literary festivals, only the adult reader is benefiting. Most must-attend lit events are often bereft of children’s literature. This has provided the perfect setting for KALEIDO, the Children’s Lit Fest by KLAY, to make a debut.
    The first edition of the festival is a one-day event, to be held at The Taj West End, Bengaluru. “Our objective is to create a channel for children’s books, authors and publishers, which is lacking at events like the Jaipur and Bangalore Lit Fests,” says Anant Srivastava, marketing and design head, Founding Years Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, who are organising the event. The day -long event features young children’s authors like Yamini Prashanth and Gauri Jhangiani, new-age children’s publishing houses like Timbuktoo Publishing, and writers like RamG — author of the book From Ouch to Oops.
    “Reading stories to children is close to our hearts, and that’s why we conceptualised this lit fest, where we could create a large platform for parents, children and authors to interact,” explains Shalini Mukherjee Soni, one of the centre directors at KLAY pre-school. Apart from the featured talks and workshops, families can immerse themselves in the magic of books through the reading sessions. Additionally, award-winning author and founder of Karadi Tales, Shobha Viswanath will host a panel discussion.

    Tomorrow, 11 am. At the Taj West End, Race Course Road. Tickets (`600) on bookmyshow.com

    — Ayesha Tabassum

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