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                                                  Enriching illustrations in children’s

                                                       literature, one batch at a time

                      An experienced illustrator with several books credited to his name,   Through the initiative, the Trusts have tried to tap the impactful
                      Shivam Choudhary was looking for a way to upskill himself to the   use  of  images  to  refine  the  perception,  professional  skills,  and
                      next level. “The Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators,” run by the Tata   intellect of students and young professionals interested in
                      Trusts’ Parag Initiative—a flagship education programme—provided   illustration, especially picture book illustration. Shivam is among
                      Shivam with just the right opportunity to refine his artistic skills.  the graduates of the latest and fifth cohort of the programme,
                                                                                       which ended in March 2022.
                      Visual imagery forms an integral part of how children perceive the
                      world around them, especially when they are first acquainted with   The course helped impart an easier visual fluidity to Shivam’s
                      books and reading. Learning during these formative years can be   artistic style. He is now able to better visualise the world
                      varied, but images continue to play an important role in the     around him and integrate these visualisations into his
                      development of children’s sensory perceptions.                   illustrations. He is also able to understand the various nuances
                                                                                       of composition and line drawings a lot better. The world of
                      Good story books also play a crucial role in a child’s educational
                                                                                       children’s literature is richer for the likes of Shivam graduating
                      journey. Since 2005, the Parag Initiative  has been  working to
                                                                                       from every batch of the programme, which has trained 85
                      strengthen the children’s literature ecosystem in India and to
                                                                                       children’s book illustrators so far.
                      promote reading for pleasure, especially  in regional languages.
                      Illustrations form a defining part of children’s books, but a lack of   During the certificate course’s 10-month duration, the students are
                      supporting training infrastructure to build and nurture children’s   mentored by a group of distinguished illustrators, who guide them
                      book illustrators has impeded progress in this area.             on how to hone and diversify their existing creative and artistic skills.
                                                                                       “Riyaaz alumni have gone on to work for many publishers
                      To address this gap, the Trusts joined hands with noted education
                                                                                       and CSOs, including Pratham Books, Eklavya, the National Council
                      Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Eklavya and
                                                                                                                     of Educational Research and
                      eminent  children’s  illustrator  Atanu  Roy in  2015  to
                                                                                                                     Training (NCERT), Room to
                      start Riyaaz. Supported by Parag grants, first two
                                                                                                                     Read,  and   the  Aga   Khan
                      batches of Riyaaz were run by Eklavya, and the last
                                                                                                                     Foundation,” says Shivnarayan
                      three batches by Ektara and the Takshila Education
                                                                                                                     Gour, who is part of the
                      Society’s Children’s Literature and Art centre.
                                                                                                                     leadership team at Eklavya.

                                                                                                                     Shivam with batchmates
                                                                                                                     and mentors

                       4  QUALITY EDUCATION

                        PROJECT ALIGNS WITH SDG

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