AL SAAD ENGLISH LITERATURE FEST 2022
The best gift you can give a child is the gift of reading. To expose children to the wonderful world of books, stories and learning, Al Saad Indian School, Al Ain hosted the second edition of Al Saad English Literature Fest under the aegis of Department of English, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. The Literature fest in partnership with Margrudy’s witnessed an active participation of over 350 students. The inaugural ceremony of the fest, a confluence of literary and artistic acumen, was graced by Ms. Thahira Kallumurikkal, Clinical Audiologist and Author. The creative workshop titled ‘Our Experiences- The Untold Story’ was an interactive session in Malayalam and English where Ms. Thahira told the students that there is a writer in every one of us and our experiences if captured in writing regularly can help us preserve memories to be recollected later in life. She demonstrated to the children how to use imagination while writing with a prompt. The short but engaging session demonstrated that writing is a skill that can be developed.
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson
The school also proudly introduced the Bhavans Author, Master Aadesh Mohanty of grade VIII, who recently released his book, ‘Maus Ki Mausi’ on Amazon.
The literature fest was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Ms. Thahira Kallumurikkal and the 7 pavillions switched on to life. The literature fest organized in partnership with Magrudy’s ( Al Ain ) also saw a creative Bhavans Reading corner with interesting children’s books being put up to engage and introduce children to the wonderful world of books.
The corridors of the school vibrated with the immaculate presentation of the students of grades I to IV who got dressed up in their favourite characters. It was a lovely experience to see the Characters come to life. With Once Upon a Time, a world of creativity, colour and entertainment came alive when students of grades I to IV presented stories and puppet shows. The audience turned spellbound and gave a thunderous applause which brought in lovely smiles on the kiddies’ face. The students of grades V to XI presented a mélange of stage events such as ‘Why Read?’, Poetry Dance, Scene depictions ranging from Shakespearean era to the Postmodern era, Mark Antony’s Grandiloquence, Author profiling and interviews, Book Trailers, Royal Ballet Dance sequence and introduction to the world of Anime and Manga. These events unleashed the sublime talents and garnered praise among the students and parents alike. The young entrepreneurs-students of grade IX & XII-organized various games like ‘The Third Eye’ where in one should trust one’s intuition to match the book cards, Dumb Charades, Memory game, Literary riddles, Identify the character etc. to keep the spectators engaged, informed and confident in English literature. Black out poetry, Flash fiction, Six-word story, and Donate a Word & Challenge us to create literature - saw immense participation of the parents and the student community.
To bring the enchantment of Shakespeare to thousands of children, students presented Shakespearean Sonnets, Shakespearean Trivia, Fools and clowns and words used in the Elizabethan era in the ‘William Shakespeare’s Globe’ Pavilion. In ‘For the Love of Books: Authors and Books’ Pavilion, students presented Book Reviews, Book Trailers, Literary recognitions, Top ten Emirati writers and the list of book-to-screen adaptations to catch in 2023. The significance of exchange of ideas and knowledge between two communities- India and the UAE was well conveyed by students of grade X by stepping into the shoes of the Indian author, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Emirati writer, Ms. Maha Gargash. The pavilion, ‘Don’t Judge Covers, Please’ came up with a cornucopia of enthralling events like Debate on the topic,’ Anime Vs Cartoon: The love-hate relationship’, Musical show- Harry Potter vs Percy Jackson, Anime Cosplay, Mystery books and Alternate ending for Hobbit. Thus the fest packed with stories, debates, dance, ballet, author talks, role plays, games etc. came to an end leaving everyone allured in the spellbinding cascades of the literary world.
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
― John Locke