“Literature is the comprehensive essence of the intellectual life of a nation.” William Shakespeare
With the vision of inculcating good reading habits amongst children, and building confident speakers who go ahead to become the authors of the new millennium, PITARA 3.0- a literature festival was held at Manaskriti School, Faridabad on 13th November 2022.
This year, the date was significant as it was also the eve of Children’s day, and what better way to celebrate this day with renowned storytellers, authors, and indigenous craft with lip smacking food for children. Manaskriti showcased the strength of children through some stupendous performances and display of work showcasing the literary work young minds had put together.
Pitara 2022 was declared open with balloons set free by Mr. Siddharth kaul, president SOS Children’s village, marking this day as the biggest literature festival in city. The event was organized with hundred percent participation of students, parents and guests along with few famous personalities in the field of literature and art which count in Geeta Ramanujan, master storyteller and founder of kathalaya, Seema Wahi Mukharjee, Usha Chhabra, Sherin Mathews, Swetcha Pershad , Shalini V. Bansal and Rituparna Ghosh. Pitara was mirrored with the presence of author Namrata Jain, illustrator and designer Taranbir Singh Sawhney and Manash F. Bhattacharya.
Manaskriti school also witnessed the presence of Shri Narender Gupta, MLA of BJP, Shri Rajesh Nagar, Member of Haryana Legislative assembly, Shri N.K Pandey, Chairman & M.D , Asian Hospital who blessed the children with wishes for Children’s day and encouraged them to read more and unleash the power of education within every child.
Manaskriti’s aura for the day was filled with excitement and enthusiasm with book fair, dance performances, choir singing, pottery, doodling, puppeteer, block printing, Madhubani and character parade done by children that brought to life many fairy tales and fables.
The national dance group of Mayur Patel and renowned kathak dancer,Elisha Deep gave the mothers of Manaskriti a chance to learn and demonstrate the beauty of Indian culture with garba presentation. Child superstar Ronit Kamra was invited to Pitara 3.0 ,as Manaskriti always believes to nurture the talent and to make children inspired by various personalities. Ronit was the main attraction of the event especially among children as he gave his autographed bat to the children who answered his quiz questions.
The trustee of the school Ms Indira Lohia wished children with her best wishes and urged everyone to be the part of such literary festivals to know the value of reading books.
The Director of the school Ms Manisha Gupta shared “In an age where people are replacing the book with television, computer and smart phones, a literature festival is very important as it brings everyone back to the world of imagination through books. It is fantastic to set a habit of reading at an early age.” She congratulated and praised all the promising participants of event with her words of encouragement.