Pia knows that she came out of her mother‘s heart, and her father’s heart. One day, she learns that she has a tummy mummy too! In her journey to find her birth mother, Pia discovers how her heart family too has made her the way she is - and that each person who loves her will always be a part of her.
“I Grew in Your Heart” is a fearless but gentle story about an adopted child coming to terms with the known and unknown parts of her identity. It explores a warmly inclusive concept of family, and encourages all children to celebrate the magical ways in which different families are born.
Culturally among the richest states of India, Odisha has always been at the forefront of iconic works of Indian literature, from Jaydev’s Gita Govinda, to Sarala Das Mahabharata, to the path-breaking works of poets such as Sitakant Mahapatra and Ramakanta Rath, and fiction writers such as Prativa Ray in the modern era.
Meet author Nandana Dev Sen at the inauguration of the ECA meet. Afterwards there will be readings from "Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm!" and "Mambi and the Forest Fire"
Following a welcome address by Jamie Dragon, Director of the America Center, there is an Interactive Panel discussion on Child Rights followed by a drama presentation by the children of Muklti.
Alongside Nandana, the panel comprises:
Dr Shashi Panja, Honorable Minister, Women & Child Development & Social Welfare
Ms Ananya Chakraborty, Chair Person, SCPCR
Dr Aniruddha Deb, Consultant Psychiatrist
Ms Ratnaboli Ray, Founder & Managing Trustee, Anjali and
Ms Ruchira Goswami, Professor, NUS
Join Nandana Sen as she participates in two fascinating discussion sessions
Crossing the Line: Discussing women on the big screen who question, challenge, break the rules.
The panel is make up of Vishal Bhardwaj, Aparna Sen, Mira Nair, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Modhurima Sinha and moderated by Nandana Sen. Introduced by Prerana Langa. Presented with Yes Foundation
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival: Oxford Junior Literary Festival: Interactive Storytelling and Big Little Book Award
A very special morning with Nandana Sen including interactive sessions and an exciting award!
OJLF Inauguration. With author Nandana Sen and singer Usha Uthup. Uma Kismat Paul opens the festival. 10-10.30
Big Little Book Award winner writer Nabaneeta Sen. A dramatised reading will be followed by interaction with students. Presented with Tata Trusts Parag Initiative. 10.30-11.15
Talky Tumble at Jumble Farm
Nandana Sen presents her new book Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm: Interactive session. 11.30-12.00
Moderated by Chiki Sarkar, founder of Juggernaut, Nandana Dev Sen - a children’s author, a child-rights activist and an award-winning actor, will be in conversation with Kris Di Giacomo, a French-American illustrator.
Nandana Dev Sen and Kris Di Giacomo will show us their work-in-progress after having spent a week long residency in India : Earth Song, an illustrated children’s book aiming at showing the natural beauty lying around us, and the importance to care for it.
This very talented duo will tell us more about the genesis of this book and how to give the younger generations tools to care about the environment.
This event is part of Bonjour India, a four-month-long celebration of Indo-French innovation, creativity and partnership.
Times Delhi Literature Festival: Mothers and Daughters: Nandana Dev Sen in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
Supported by the Institut Francais, Embassy of France in India, come and create a giant animal mural and write a book of cuddly couplets - all about endangered beasties Join Nandana Sen and illustrator, Kris di Giacomo for guessing games, raucous rhymes, dazzling drawings and ferocious fun.
This event takes place at The Doodle Wall.
Join Mambi and her friends as their exciting story in the forest unfolds with author, Nandana Dev Sen
Just one more story! Sing with hippos and dance on your toes as you journey thorugh the familiar bedtime ritual
Meet author Nandana Sen, who will be reading from "Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm". This event takes place in the Cosmic Tent.
Meet author Nandana Sen, who will be reading from "Mambi and the Forest Fire! " and "Not Yet!". This event takes place in the Cosmic Tent.
Moderated by Sara Zaker, Nandana Sen and her mother, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, read and discuss poems from "Make Up Your Mind". This session takes place on the Lawn.
Actress, screenwriter, children's author and child-rights activist, Nandana Sen, and sex trafficking abolitionist, journalist and activist, Ruchira Gupta, will read from Jawaharlal Nehru's "Letters for a Father to His Daughter" (Hindi translation by Munshi Premchand), written in 1928, about natural history, the story of civilisations and much more. They will also read form Nandana Sen's "Ekhhuni Na!".
Meet author Nandana Sen, Ambassador for Apne Aap, who will be reading from "Not Yet!" as we celebrate Children's Day in India.
Meet author Nandana Sen, who will be reading from "Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm"
How many excuses can you come up with when you don't want to stop playing? Join award-winning actor, writer and child-rights activist Nandana Sen for a fantastical interactive storytelling session, with fun games, animal masks, play-acting, tail-swishing and coloring activities! Kangaroo Kisses is a lovely mix of fantasy and real life as one mischievous child delays going to bed, and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way. Nandana will be signing copies of Kangaroo Kisses after the reading. Children and grownups of all ages are invited!
Kirkus Reviews: “Smiles and wild creatures abound in this playful mother-child bedtime routine. A warm and spirited invitation to dreamland.”
Nandana Sen has starred in over 20 feature films, and authored four children's books, including Mambi and the Forest Fire (2016), NOT YET! (2017) and Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at USC, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, an advocate for child protection, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. She works with children (and grownups) at UNICEF, Operation Smile, and RAHI to fight against child abuse.
BookTrust: “A charming bedtime story in verse that's easy to read and easy to share, with lots of lively and colourful animal illustrations on every page.”
Mirrors Windows Doors: “So well crafted that it requires no particular effort to make it into a great shared readaloud experience.”
Books for Keeps 5*/5*: “Reading aloud well, the rhymes jump off the page as listeners join in and enjoy the illustrations.”
Parents in Touch: “It's full of fun and captures perfectly a child's reluctance to stop having fun and simply go to sleep.”
ReadingZone.com – Best New Picture Books: “A lovely bedtime book…Lively rhyming text and colourful illustrations make this a great book for sharing.”