By Syed Burhan
Srinagar- On the seventh day of the event “Mashq-e-Payeez: Ishq-e-Nabi '' organized by Edraak and a Children specific session was held at the art exhibition, Mahattas.
School children from various Institutes of the city attended the session. Principal Saint Paul's International Academy, Grace Paljor conducted a story telling session for children and made students aware about Kashmiri culture and folklore associated with the Sheene-Pipin (Streaked Laughing Thrush).
Rhymes on Samavar and Roasted Chestnuts were also recited and enacted making it a joyful experience for the children in the season of Harud.
On the occasion, Grace Paljor gave an insight into her books which she has conceptualized and compiled with a Kashmiri tinge.
"There is a void in the genre of children's literature in Kashmir; I have compiled the book while keeping Kashmiri characters alive in stories”. She said. adding that “The text books taught in Kashmiri schools do not have anything about our own culture or flora and fauna of this place. We need to change that she added.
It was followed by a question answer session wherein students were given a chance to present their views.
Among the attendees is Iram Fatima, a 10th class student who has left aside her 10th class exam preparation and was busy attending the exhibition at Edraak.
“My father is an artisan and after seeing art works at the exhibition, I got inspired and learned more about Kashmiri culture”, she said. I am myself a Paper Mache artist and after attending the exhibition, I got inspired from what I saw.
The exhibition has been orgainsed by Edraak, a movement that aims at educational revival through arts and aesthetics in Kashmir which kicked off its exhibition at Srinagar’s Mahatta Gallery on 5 November.
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