First ever national conference on authors of children’s literature
Afsana Aziz Nitol
The first ever Shishushahittik Shommelon took place on the 6th of January, 2017 in Shishu Academy. It was a day-long event that went from 9am to 9pm.
The show started with the flying of gas balloons. The chief guest of the programme was current director general of Bangla Academy, Shamsuzzaman Khan. Special guests were Bangladeshi children's writer Ali Imam, poet Sukumar Barua, children's writer Subrata Barua, author Habibullah Sirazi and poet Anzir Liton.
In the beginning of the programme, the theme song of Children's Literature forum was sung by the group of young performers of Anon Foundation followed by the song 'Purbo Digonte Shurjo Uthechey'.
After that, a souvenir made by Children's Literature forum consisting a committee of 153 children, was distributed among the audience. The souvenir was a magazine named 'Shishur Mukher Hashir Jonno Kolom Dhori'.
Co- convener of the event Sohail Mallik was asked to deliver his speech next. He expressed his ecstasy in the beginning of his speech because for the very first time in Bangladesh such gathering took place which was organized by the Children's Literature forum. This forum was created on the 29th of August, 2015.
Anzir Liton too was happy to be in the event, specially he was glad about the fact that the first event of Shishushahittik Forum took place on Shishu Academy. He was the one to suggest the venue for the event. According to him, children's writers are important. They are the ones who put the thoughts of the children into words. He says, "Bangladesh has changed now, so have the children of this country. Children's habit of reading is decreasing and technology is taking over them. City kids have shopping malls, restaurants for their entertainment. But the children living in villages, they do not even have the proper means of entertainment. This is why I think people who write, should produce something that will project the dreams and hopes of children both living in villages and cities."
The event went on the entire day and through it the purpose was to innovate ways to let the children know the difference between right and wrong through literature. Only then they will be able to contribute to the society and stand against for what is wrong.
Photo: Sadik Haque