All-India Toy-Integrated Story Competition: A Dive into India’s Rich Toy Tradition
Diving into a history stretching back to the revered Indus-Sarasvati civilization, Indian toys encompass a tradition spanning nearly 5000 years. Unearthed artifacts from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, including miniature carts, sculptures of dancing women, and cubical dice, illustrate a rich legacy of toys that transcended mere amusement.
These toys, a mirror to our ancestors’ innovative spirit, also played pivotal roles in educating and shaping the minds of countless Indian children. Today, the Ministry of Education, partnering with MyGov, endeavors to keep this tradition alive, channeling the creative prowess of the nation’s youth into breathing life into these tales.
Objective and Theme of the Toy Competition
To safeguard and propagate the unparalleled heritage of Indian toys, the Ministry of Education, in synergy with MyGov, has announced an All-India Competition titled Toy-Integrated Stories for Children. This initiative beckons budding authors and illustrators to craft stories spotlighting India’s toy tradition, aiming to metamorphose these tales into enchanting children’s books.
The central theme revolves around producing a ‘Creative children’s book focusing on the toy tradition of India’. Participants are urged to draft computer-typed manuscripts that seamlessly weave toys into the narrative fabric. Additionally, entrants can either conjure fresh educational toy-centric stories or ingeniously utilize prevalent toys to design instructive storybooks.
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The aim remains clear: engage children using toys, games, puppets, and more.
Toy Competition Format and Guidelines
- Submissions should be computer-typed manuscripts.
- National Book Trust, India will oversee the execution of the competition.
- All entries will undergo scrutiny via an All-India Contest on the MyGov platform. Submit here.
- Manuscripts can be presented in Hindi/ English.
- A dedicated committee established by NBT will helm the selection process.
- The competition spans 20th September 2023 to 30th November 2023.
- Each manuscript should range between 3000 to 5000 words and should encompass:
- Chapter Plan
- Sample chapters
- Bibliography and References
Submissions are restricted to one per participant, and all entries must be uploaded to MyGov by 11:45 PM on 30th November 2023.
Rewards and Recognitions
The competition’s crescendo will see three exemplary entries clinching top honors. These winners will be conferred with a scholarship of INR 50,000/- each. Additionally, they’ll be entitled to royalties as delineated by NBT’s norms for the masterpieces sculpted during this contest.
Harness this golden opportunity to celebrate and rejuvenate India’s unparalleled toy heritage. Happy writing!
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