GUWAHATI, May 23 � A four-day workshop on preparing picture books for children organised by Anwesha and UNICEF, was inaugurated by noted writer Arup Kumar Dutta at a function held on the Anwesha office premises at Barowari in the city on Thursday morning.
In his inaugural speech, Dutta described writing for children as a tough job. It requires a lot of research and study. He maintained that if a reading atmosphere is absent in the family, children seldom develops reading habit. He emphasised on the fact that both text and pictures are important for cultivating the reading habit among the children.
Addressing the function, UNICEF Assam�s education specialist Pramila Monoharan said the for the favourable mental and physical development of the children the role of picture books is very important.
Attending as chief guest, Hemanga Kishore Sarma , Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare Department said that there are 44 lakh children in Assam in the age group of 0 to 18 years and of them the number of children belonging to the age group of 3 to 6 yrs is 22 lakh. But for these children we don�t have sufficient children books.
The function presided over by former Home Commissioner Jatin Hazarika, was also attended by noted writers Harekrishna Deka, Arun Sarma, Gagan Chandra Adhikari, Toshaprabha Kalita, Anuradha Dutta, Bandita Phukan, among others. In all, 25 writers and illustrators have taken part in the workshop.