Spotlight on India

Spotlight on India
2014 Scholastic Asian Book Award shortlisted authors from India. Ms Aditi Krishnakumar and Mr. Vivek Bhanot.

SINGAPORE - India has a rich collection of literature and this year, the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), together with the National Book Trust of India, will be sharing some of these literary works with children here at the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) from May 30 to June 4.

The event aims to bring quality content to children through a variety of platforms that are enriching and interactive.

Notable Indian authors and illustrators like Atanu Roy, Manjula Padmanabhan, Subir Shukla and Kumar Dutta will be chairing programmes and workshops at the AFCC.

Other festival highlights include India Night, a dinner event in celebration of Indian heritage and culture. There will be storytelling by professional storytellers Rosmarie Somaiah and Kiran Shah as well as the book launch unveiling translations of Mr S.R. Nathan's children's picture book, The Crane And The Crab, in Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

This was announced at a press conference on April 24 when the high commissioner of India Vijay Thakur Singh addressed the conference.

She said: "I am very encouraged by the efforts to promote quality content in Asia. It is my wish that children from around the world will get access to the treasure trove of stories and cultures in Asia, fostering cohesion and mutual understanding while, ultimately, learning."

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