Billabong High International School Amanora Hosts an Extravaganza of Literary Delight at Two-Day Literature Festival

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Pune; January 19, 2024: Billabong High International School, Amanora, an award-winning state-of-the-art school, kicked off the 1st edition of Litfest—an enchanting two-day extravaganza for students, parents, and Punekars, featuring a rich blend of thoughts, performances, and creative expressions.

Offering both globally renowned CAIE and CBSE Boards, Billabong High International School Amanora is powered by the ‘School of Thought’ philosophy. At the core of this philosophy is the belief that every learner should enjoy the freedom to explore every thought, idea, and question within a safe environment.

Taking this philosophy forward, the festival, titled ‘Litfest: A Festival of Thoughts’ – held between January 19 & 20—was a unique convergence of industry stalwarts and young minds, creating a dynamic space for intellectual exploration and cultural celebration.

The Litfest boasted a stellar lineup of speakers, each a luminary in their respective fields. Jerry Pinto, a national award-winning novelist, formally inaugurated the session and engaged in an interactive discussion with the students of Billabong High International School Amanora. While esteemed Journalist Afrida Rahman Ali shared insights from her rich journalistic experience, Savio Mascarenhas, Group Art Director at Amar Chitra Katha, brought his artistic brilliance to the forefront. Accomplished actors Anand Goradia and Chintan Rachchh graced the event, adding thespian flair to the literary atmosphere. This impressive roster ensured the attendees were treated to a diverse and enlightening literary experience.

The Litfest was attended by over 800 delegates, parents, students, and literature enthusiasts from all over the city. Attendees immersed themselves in a variety of performances that showcased the fusion of literature with art, drama, and music, bringing stories to life in vibrant ways. The renowned industry experts engaged in thought-provoking discussions on contemporary literary themes fostering a dialogue between seasoned professionals and emerging talents. The festival also featured captivating storytelling sessions that created an enchanting environment for both children and adults to revel in the magic of narrative art.

The attending students and parents were exposed to a series of engaging workshops held in collaboration with experts. Workshops included theatre & stage techniques, storytelling and creative writing, mime and expression, among several others. The students from Billabong High International School Amanora and other schools in Pune participated in a series of inter-school competitions.

Beyond the literary realm, the festival promised a blend of fun and entertainment, ensuring a delightful experience for all attendees.

Commenting on the success of the Litfest 2024, Aditi Mukherjee, Principal, Billabong High International School, Amanora, said, “We are overjoyed with the resounding success of the first-ever Literature festival hosted by Billabong High International School. This literary extravaganza brought together the finest minds in journalism, art, acting, and literature. Our esteemed guests – Jerry Pinto, Afrida Rahman Ali, Savio Mascarenhas, Anand Goradia and Chintan R Rachchh enriched the festival with their profound insights. The vibrant discussions, storytelling sessions, and literature workshops created an intellectually stimulating environment. We extend our sincere gratitude to our dedicated workshop conductors for providing students and parents with enriching sessions on creative writing, mime, theatre, and more, as per the schedule. The enthusiasm within our parent community has been palpable since the festival’s announcement, and their active participation has contributed to the event’s success.”