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National Children’s Literary Festival (NCLF) turns five

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National Children’s Literary Festival organized by Kloud 9 and hosted by KiiT International School is celebrating its fifth edition on 18th and 19th November 2017 . This festival is first of its kind, that is hosted by a School and is exclusively for Children. KIIT International School started the trend of Children’s Literary Festival from 2013 based on the concept conceived by Its visionary Founder, Prof. Achyuta Samanta. NCLF is the flagship event of Kloud 9, the only students magazine for students and managed by students.

Taking off from 2013, it has become one of the most loved and interesting Children’s Festival. Each edition of the festival has seen greater enthusiasm and participation than the previous one. 500 students took part in the event with more than 35 schools all over India participating in it.

Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond is the Chief Adviser of the festival.  A galaxy of eminent authors, publishers, storytellers, cartoonists and illustrators, including Prajwal Parajuly, Arup Bose, Ameen Haque and Ajit Narayan graced the occasion. These famous names enthralled our participants with an array of talks, cartooning and photography workshops, panel discussion, vocabulary sessions and a lot more. While Arup Bose explained what makes a best seller, Mr. Prajwal refuted the importance of Publisher. Ameen Haque weaved magic through his stories. Book reading session by Ruskin Bond stole the show.

National Children’s Literary Festival was joined by renowned National Award winning film director Nila Madhab Panda, showcasing his upcoming film, “Kadvi Hawa” accompanied with  Sanjai Mishra, Ranvir Shorey and Manish Mundra, who have acted in the film.

Bhubaneshwar based standup comedy group Bhubaneshwar Komedians came together for a humourous, rib-tickling performance.

The acclaimed theater group from Mumbai, Rangbaaz were back again at NCLF this year after winning our hearts over with their last performance in 2015. This year, they performed on “Jungle Book 2” based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous story about Mowgli and his adventures, on 19th November 2017.

News paper collection from 1947 was displayed for the students. The participants also learned sixty words in thirty minutes through Bollywood songs.

The two day literary Festival was a bonanza, enriching and memorable experience for one and all.

“Such festivals instill in young minds the enthusiasm for literature. Exposure of this kind goes a long way in all round development of the students”,

opined Prof. Achyuta Samanta,  Founder of KIIT and KISS. Dr. Monalisa Bal, Chairperson of KIIT International School and Dr. Sanjay Suar, Principal of KIIT International School have always tried to try innovative ways for making the children wear many hats.