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12 March 2023

Posted by Susmita Bhattacharya

ArtfulScribe LitFest Community Showcase 2023

Photo courtesy: Poonam Paranjpe


Today was really special! The Junior Writers' Online Club performed at the ArtfulScribe Community Showcase and it was the first time that many of us were meeting in person. Lots of group photos were taken, lots of giggles and stories were shared and the talented team performed a collaborative poem with such confidence and emotion, it was incredible.

Here's what some of the participants and their parents had to say about the event:

“I thought that meeting everyone from the club at the event was a great pleasure and it was fun getting to know them all. Before the performance, I felt very excited that I could perform at Mayflower Studio and afterwards it was really nice listening to everyone else’s writing. Overall, I thought it was a brilliant opportunity getting to meet friends in person and to hear more literature.” - Henry, 10

Henry's mum said that " it was well organised at a superbly equipped studio. Also, the staff were very friendly and all the participates are amazing. We will definitely recommend this to our friends and attend again in the future."

Arsh, 10, said, "I was a bit nervous before going on stage but with all your encouragement, I felt confident. The event went well and was very joyful afterwards." And his parents said, "Thank you so much for all your hard work and motivation. Arsh has developed interest in writing and gained confidence in presenting in public. The event was very well organised. The host (Antosh) was exceptionally good for the event."

Here is the poem they performed. It is a response to the poem by Rabindranath Tagore, On the Seashore.

All together: On the seashore of endless worlds children meet

 

Mrigaj: a beautiful sunset as the night takes over the delicate clouds.

The dancing waves crash on the land on an endless loop.

a new world which is calm and peaceful but not busy. 

 

All together: On the seashore of endless worlds children meet 

 

Arsh: They throw Frisbees and balls in the water.

After bathing under the beautiful clear sky and warming sun

They build sand castles And eat the brain-freezing ice lollies

 

 All together: Children have a play on the seashore of the world

 

Stuti: Running around like aeroplanes 

The children turn away when the sea starts to get tough

for they know not what is rough,

They leave footprints of their sandy feet which look very sweet.

 

All together: Children have their play on the seashore of worlds,

 

Parth: They know not how to do fishing. 

The sea surges up with sadness 

as it has to live with plastic and rubbish all over it, not sure of its future.

 

All together: On the seashore of endless worlds, children meet, 

 

Ansh: The children also spot bits of litter and pick it up.

            The sea surges up with power as if it shakes

the Earth like a dinosaur stomping his legs 100 times.

 

All together: Children have their play on the seashore of worlds,

 

Henry: They know not how to cast the nets, or to steer the merchants’ ships,

The calm sea reflects the brilliant streaks of white lightning.

whilst the blood red sun dips.

 

All together: On the seashore of endless worlds children meet.

 

Namay: They know not how to dive in deep waters or sail boats on their own.

The sea surges up with thundery waves of blue water

which can take out a person from shore to ocean. 

 

All together: On the seashore of endless worlds is a great meeting of children. 

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