I curated Jumpstart 2014, a children’s content festival, along with Manasi Subramaniam and Anita Roy. The theme was Let’s Play!
It was about highlighting the need for play at all stages of life – for kids and also for adults, especially adults creating content for kids. Play is a state of mind that encourages exploration and this can be done while you’re playing hopscotch or climbing a tree or even reading a book. Our panels focussed on this – play when you read, when you write, when you draw, when you teach, when you learn.We looked at play and its connection to creative work where writers and illustrators shared how play fits into their creative process and how it helps them to connect with the world of the child. Then we looked at play and pedagogy where experts told us how critical it is to keep the element of play in a learning environment and showed us how they do it. And finally, we looked at play and how to adapt as we tell stories across media.
Here are some links to the programme:
Playschool: Play and Pedagogy with Amukta Mahapatra, EK Shaji and Sujata Noronha:
Ctrl Alt Del: Storytelling in a Time of Technology with Ralph Mollers and Nury Vittachi:
An interview with me about the Bangalore event:
something not to be missed!