~ Students perform brilliantly in National Katha Writers’ Workshop, 2017 ~

A team of 14 students participated in the National Katha Writers’ Workshop held at Gurgaon from December 27 to December 29, 2017. Although 26 students were shortlisted from the group that took part in the regional round at Royal Global School at Guwahati, but 12 of them opted out from the national workshop due to ensuing Periodic and Pre-board exams. The team to Gurgaon reached the venue at Ridge Valley School on time on the first day of the workshop upon which they were invited to attend the inaugural ceremony where they met their mentors of national repute. Following the ceremony the students were entrusted to various mentors for workshops on creative writing. They were guided on how to put wings to their imagination, record their thoughts into words, refinement of their works, different styles of creative writing, use of vocabulary etc. The children were also asked to produce their works on different styles. Our children wrote verses – both long and short including Haiku works, short stories, creative articles on their lives and thoughts etc. When we saw the drafts of their works we realized that these budding writers will work wonders if they practice and pursue their creativity. And undoubtedly, it was a matter of great pride when their works were highly appreciated by their mentors. Six of our children received Grand prizes while the others received Laurette which are the first and second positions respectively. The students who achieved grand prizes are Dipnalisha Bora (Cl VII), Syed Dareen Hannash (Cl VII), Yashodhara Mahanta (Cl VII), Uddipana Das (Cl IX), Kurdap Tabitha Ingty John (Cl XI) and Aushna Hazarika (Cl VI) and the Laurette winners are Swastika Mazumdar, Anweshan Garg and Iffat Ikram from Class VI, Aswatha B Kashyap, Trinayana Thakuria and Arpita Borah from Class VII, Shyamona Bhuyan from Class IX and Kajree Gautam from Class XI. This was indeed a great enriching experience for the students. And it was a rekindling of a new hope for us, the accompanying teachers, that even at this age when play stations and social networking sites engage most of the leisure time of the children, there would emerge a set of new writers with substantial works on words.

- Kalyani Arandhara and Irani Sarma


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