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Jeeva Raghunath to conduct sessions

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 � The 10th Festival of Books for Children organised by Anwesha will be held on October 10-19 at AEI field, Chandmari, here. All the events of the festival will be organized in a pavilion named after Lakshminath Bezbaroa as a tribute to the great author whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated this year, said a statement.

The central theme of the festival will be �Celebration of Stories� and the theme has been chosen as a mark of respect to the master storyteller and to invoke the great tradition of storytelling for the children of the State.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will inaugurate the festival on October 10.

Atanu Roy, eminent jurist from New Delhi, and Jeeva Raghunath, acclaimed storyteller from Chennai, will attend the festival as special guests.

Thousands of children will take out a book march to mark the inauguration of the festival.

The major highlights of the festival will be storytelling sessions conducted by Raghunath and an art workshop by Roy.

There will also be an exhibition on �Education: Class Room and Beyond� by Action Aid, sStep, GVM and Lotus.

Another main attraction of the festival this time will be a Children�s Book Fair. Books published by all major publishers in Assamese and English for children will be available in the fair. Books by a large number of international publishers of repute will also be on display.

An awareness programme about earthquakes will also be organised during the festival in collaboration with the North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat.

There will also be a sensitisation programme on urban flooding for the children which will be organised in collaboration with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

A number of other creative and educational activities for children are also being planned during the festival in collaboration with the Asam Sarba Siksa Abhijan Mission.

Experts from different fields will be invited every day to interact with the kids. A host of authors, intellectuals, scientists, artists and other professionals will take part in these events.

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