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Creating Content(ment) for Children, International Seminar and Exhibition, IDC, IIT Mumbai India

It was such a privilege to be invited as one of the speakers for the International Seminar and Exhibition in IDC (Industrial Design Centre), IIT Mumbai, India, entitled “Creating Content(ment) for Children.” Professor Kirti Kumar Trivedi, a Visiting Professor here in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has learned about my talk on folktales for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content last May, and he asked me to do a similar presentation for the Damroo Project.

Despite the fact that I only had one day to rest after my trip from New Orleans for the NAGC Conference, I could not possibly pass up the opportunity to finally see India and to share what I know about Asian folktales in a seminar on children’s content. For this post, I would only be sharing a few of the photos I have taken from the seminar and would blog separately about the sessions in the coming week.

Venue: IDC IIT Mumbai, India

This is the Venue for the International Seminar: Industrial Design Centre

I must say that one of the highlights of attending the seminar is the chance to catch up with Rock Star Suzy Lee! You might recall that we did a four-part feature on Suzy here in GatheringBooks for our Wordless Picture Book theme March and April of this year. Can’t wait to blog about her session, I also took a few video clips which I am excited to share with you all. I am simply in awe of her genius.

My session up close and personal. This was followed by Tim Jones’ presentation and the day was capped by Christopher Lloyd’s very dynamic session – I hope to blog about that in a few days’ time.

Themes for Each Day

Sadly, I was not able to attend the first day of the seminar since I had to teach right after I arrive in New Orleans – then fly directly to Mumbai this same evening (10th of November).

I presented during the second day, although technically, my paper entitled: “Spells and Devils, Heroes and Villains Woven onto Children’s Tales from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia” would have been a better fit during the first day, but yeah that’s the way it goes. I am just fortunate that the conference organizers headed by Raja Mohanty and Professor Kirti Trivedi and the rest of the Damroo Project team were flexible enough to accommodate each of our strange schedules.

Conversations with Topnotch Creators of Children’s Content

Now, this one is priceless. Anushka Ravishankar with Suzy Lee.

This would have been picture perfect except for the little fact that I had my eyes closed. Beside Anushka is Atanu Roy, whose artworks I have raved about in my review of his book with Paro Anand, Wingless for our Fractured Fairy Tale Theme here in GatheringBooks.

My smile says it all.

Two of the master artists in children’s content, Suzy Lee and Atanu Roy.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “Creating Content(ment) for Children, International Seminar and Exhibition, IDC, IIT Mumbai India

  1. Wow, you have had some amazing academic and literary opportunities and encounters this year, Myra. Go you!


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