Children’s Books from Meghalaya Shines Bright at Bologna Book Fair

In a momentous celebration of Meghalaya’s vibrant folklore and cultural legacy, two children’s books, “The Tunes of Kongthong” and “When a Huro Sings,” have captured the spotlight at the renowned Bologna Book Fair in Italy.

Authored by Auswyn Winter Japang and Nandan Joshi, and adorned with captivating illustrations by P Mario K Pathaw and Imlijungshi Ltr, these literary gems have earned international acclaim, drawing attention to the enchanting tales and traditions of Meghalaya.

The accolades garnered at the Bologna Book Fair are a testament to the tireless efforts of the Forgotten Folklore Project, a noble initiative spearheaded by the Sauramandala Foundation. Dedicated to preserving and promoting Meghalaya’s rich cultural heritage, the project serves as a beacon of cultural revival, breathing new life into age-old tales passed down through generations.

At the heart of the Forgotten Folklore Project lies a commitment to curating traditional stories and folklore into captivating children’s books. Through the power of storytelling, these books not only entertain but also educate younger generations about their heritage, fostering a deep sense of cultural pride and identity.

The journey of “The Tunes of Kongthong” and “When a Huro Sings” from the verdant hills of Meghalaya to the international stage of the Bologna Book Fair is a testament to the enduring allure and universal appeal of folklore. These timeless tales, brought to life through the skillful artistry of the authors and illustrators, resonate with readers of all ages, transcending geographical boundaries and cultural divides.

Behind the scenes, Storywell Books, the visionary publisher, played a pivotal role in bringing these captivating narratives to the global stage. Nominating the books for the prestigious Bologna Book Fair, Storywell Books sought to share Meghalaya’s unique folklore with a diverse and discerning audience, sparking curiosity and appreciation for the rich tapestry of stories woven into the fabric of Meghalayan culture.

Looking ahead, Lanu Tsudir, director of the Forgotten Folklore Project, expressed optimism about the project’s future and its potential to continue enriching lives through storytelling. As these captivating tales of Meghalaya’s folklore continue to captivate hearts and minds around the world, they serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and celebrate the rich tapestry of human experience.