23.01.2019 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Hindi Edition of World Heritage Series for Children launched at Jaipur Literature Festival

The Hindi edition of the Roshni series, focusing on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India and produced specifically for children, will be introduced at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday, 24 January 2019. The publication, conceptualized and produced by Mapin Publishing, is the first ever illustrated book series of this type and  focuses initially on five World Heritage Sites of India, namely, Qutb Minar, Mahabalipuram, Sanchi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Supported by Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, the series was conceived as a means to educate young readers to the diversity and richness of India’s shared heritage. All the books in this series feature stories by historians and conservationists and beautiful illustrations by accomplished artists. An attempt to capture the imagination of children, these stories seek to inspire them to take an active role in conserving India’s shared heritage for the succeeding generations.  

The launch will see brief introductory notes by Narayani Gupta, editor of the Roshni series, and Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative, New Delhi. Following their addresses, Sopan Joshi will be in conversation with Sohail Hashmi, historian and author of one of the books in the series, about children’s literature in India, with a special focus on how to introduce history and heritage to younger readers.

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites around the world which are recognized as being of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in a Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972 and ratified by India in 1977. 

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