8th KiiT Int School Literary Festival Kicks Off
The 8th National Children’s Literary Festival 2022 of KiiT International School kicked off here on Saturday in the presence of actor and director Nandita Das, well-known author and storyteller Jeeva Raghunath and author Ravinder Singh.
Award-winning novelist Ruskin Bond, who has conceptualized the literary festival, would join the event virtually during the course of the event. President of KIIT and KISS Saswati Bal was present on the occasion.
Raghunath made a colourful and vibrant beginning to the festival by sharing a story artfully and imitating different sounds, which was well appreciated by students who joined her during her brief storytelling session.
Kolkata-born author Ravinder Singh, who was raised in Odisha and joined as a software engineer at a firm in Bhubaneswar before moving on, shared his ecstasy at coming back to his home town and participating in the festival.
“When I happen to write a novel, I am proud of the fact that my stories are based out of Bhubaneswar. Odisha has been my karmabhoomi for so long. Every time I come to the city, I witness the changes around me and enjoy the street food,” he said.
On the other hand, Nandita wished the festival all the best. The festival will conclude on Sunday.
KiiT International School Chairperson Dr. Monalisa Bal said the festival was conceived by Ruskin Bond who will join the festival through virtual mode as he was not keeping well. “We are placing a lot of importance on reading which is an essence of life,” she said. The Director of the School Dr. Sanjay Suar proposed a vote of thanks and placed special thanks to K9 Kloud which is powering the event.