Back in the times when homes were not mercilessly raided and filled with gadgets of all kinds, childhood meant growing up with simple pleasures of life! A typical evening routine in the big sized joint families, usually consisted of cousins and siblings of all odd mixed age groups, who circled around a grandparent for an adventure filled “dadi/nani ki kahaani.” The sources of entertainment were simple and constructive. Gazing at stars on the roofs, watching the vibrant evening sky in all its hues and figuring out funny shaped clouds often kept us busy. Observing dew drops and caterpillars’ trails, and making paper boats in the rain streams flowing down the streets is something our generation can easily recall as an integral part of our growing up years. Pretending to play and making up stories is what the day’s scheduled looked like.
For kids, storytelling was not just an art form but a way of life. Pariyon ki kahaani, jadui karishme, raja rani ke kisse, udan khatole were a part of children’s imaginative little worlds.
Technology however has taken a front seat in children’s lives with TV and mobile screens enchanting them. The simple pleasure of reading and the experience of storytelling is a lost art. They are eventually becoming strangers to the charm of books and also the parents are blissfully oblivious to the many benefits of reading. Research shows that children who read are proven to be more successful academically too. That is why we at Oorja believe that “ Today’s Reader is tomorrow’s Leader.” And with that simple thought began the vision of LIGHTHOUSE, a Junior Literary Festival for the story starved children of Raipur.
This generation of super smart kids deserve a chance to experience the magical spell that stories are capable of casting on them. When you add fun elements to something it becomes easy for children to adapt to it. Hence began the long journey towards conceptualizing a fun festival for kids with a difference. The idea was to make parents and children more aware of the manifold benefits and wonders of reading and exposing children to a culture of theatre, arts and literature. The task ahead was herculean but Team Oorja’s will was stronger and unbeatable. Things started taking shape and the campaign gained momentum. We shared team Oorja’s vision with some of India’s best known children’s authors and were humbled when they believed in our dreams. Thus commenced the journey towards Raipur’s 1st literary festival with great fervor.
The festival is now scheduled to have the following attractions :
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