From a series of workshops to sessions by authors and novelists, the students had a buzzing fortnight
Ruskin Bond regaled the audience with his evergreen stories at a fortnight-long literary fest to celebrate Sushila Birla Memorial Day.
The virtual event organised by Sushila Birla Girls' School featured Bond, in conversation with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, and several other authors.
Bond spoke about the similarities between Apu of Pather Panchali and Rusty, his iconic hero and alter ego. The author also talked about film adaptations of his books and the role of topography in shaping his writings.
A reading workshop organised by Scholastic publishing house saw students celebrating the works of Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells, and Roald Dahl. Students also attended a creative writing workshop by Analina Sanyal, programme manager of ThinkArts, and a reading workshop by Chitralekha Bhaskar, research associate, Scholastic India Pvt Ltd.
“We want to fill the lives of our students with experiences so that they have stories to tell and not merely things to show. The school has never hesitated to take up a challenge and we are blessed with a team of extremely dedicated teachers whose constant support to make this event successful. The virtual platform has helped us connect with eminent personalities who are not in the city currently,” said Koeli Dey, principal, Sushila Birla Girls’ School, the host school.
The fest was also attended by several other authors.
Saikat Majumdar spoke about his journey from the pursuit of pure academics to exploring avenues of writing in English.
Sadhana Jha spoke about the various nuances of story-writing in Hindi. Tilottama Majumdar shared her literary journey from her childhood spent in the tea gardens of north Bengal to the editorial board of Ananda Publishers. She also spoke about the future of the Bengali language.
Sampurna Chattarji, poet, novelist, and translator, spoke about the difficulties of adolescence with reference to her novel Ela. She also discussed how creativity can help one overcome trauma and the role of friends in times of crisis.
The celebration came to an end with the launch of Utopia in Dystopia, a book written and illustrated by the students of Classes IV to XII.