GUWAHATI, July 22 - Galpa Katha, a programme on story-telling and story-reading featuring writer Atanu Bhattacharyya and singer Mitali De enthralled the audience at the Guwahati Artists� Guild auditorium here today.
The event was the concluding programme of a six-day workshop for children on creative writing, story-telling and yoga organised under the aegis of Pathik.
Galpa Katha, the interactive story-telling journey of Bhattacharyya and De, focused on children�s literature, and the duo started with the famous story of the monkey and the jackal (Bandor aru Siyalor Sadhu) of Burhi Aair Sadhu by Lakshminath Bezbaroa.
Next in line was another absorbing story Silor Sola by Navakanta Baruah, followed by De�s rendering of the beautiful Khagen Mahanta number Ek Asil Roja Rani Dugaraki. The duo�s story-telling also included a creation of well-known Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed.
The children in the audience participated enthusiastically in the programme.
Earlier, the children who had participated in the workshop read out their creative pieces of prose and poetry. The winners of the contest were awarded certificates.
Writer Harapriya Barukial Borgohain, who addressed the concluding session of the workshop, lauded Pathik for its initiative towards popularising story-telling and story-reading among children.
�Children are our future and it�s for us to initiate their young and impressionable minds to books, arts, and the wonderful world of nature. Children are by nature sensitive and it is the duty of the adults to help them retain their sensibilities so that they can emerge as loving and responsible citizens,� she said.
Borgohain also called upon all concerned to educate children and young people on the need to preserve the natural environment which was increasingly bearing the brunt of a thoughtless and insensitive development process.
�I am pained by the rampant desecration of our once-pristine environment. But I am hopeful that our children who are quite environmentally conscious today will succeed in reversing the trend,� she added.
Writer Angana Choudhury also addressed the gathering. Victor Rajkumar compered the programme, while Aparna Roy rendered a beautiful number.