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Ready for MAGIC


A HUGE man and a small girl talking animatedly, children playing on the cloud, lots of elephants, peacocks, other birds, monkey with a canopy and a lot more such illustrations fascinated children recently as an exhibition titled Magic Pencil was posted at New Delhi's National Rail Museum.

Organised by the British Council, the exhibition featured famous names in illustrations as

Quentin Blake, Angela Barret, Stephen Biesty, Lauren Child and so on. "I have been watching Blake's illustrations since long and I recognise him well. Biesty is so detailed and realistic. It only shows how much thought-process goes through while making an illustration," says 10-year-old Adam from the U.K.

Illustrations, Adam thinks should remain untitled so that children can make their own stories out of them. Here one is reminded of Girish Karnad who recently said that in Frankfurt Book Fair illustrators from all over the world participate in the book fair and sell their illustrations to almost all the countries present there. These countries make their own stories out of those illustrations, and translate them into children's books.

But here, though various Indian school students were brought to see those illustrations, a few could identify themselves with the characters in them for these are not readily accessible to them. More so as children are not regularly exposed to illustrations so their attention got naturally diverted to "so many models of trains" as Ankit, a class four student said.

Yet those children who want to know how to write and illustrate their own books can attend a workshop at National Rail Museum from November 18 to 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. They can participate in T-Shirt painting workshop on magic pencil conducted by Sumit Das on November 27. While the weekends will see demonstration by crafts people who will create toys and mythical creatures from magic pencil with ordinary paper.

Ready for some magic?

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