The Festival of South Asian Children's Content will be a not-for-profit event held in the Bay Area (ICC Milpitas), California on November 5th, 2016.

The idea is to bring together like-minded creators in the South Asian Children’s Content space to collaborate, network and reach out to the larger community to spread awareness about quality content that is available. Join us to meet everyone involved in the creation of South Asian Children's Content!

We are featured on NBC Asian America

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Free Event Open to the Public

10 am - 4 pm on Nov 5, 2016 will be a free event open to the public. There will be

  • Book Vendors
  • Author Book Signing
  • Story Telling Sessions. See the Schedule
  • Workshops for Adults
  • Crafts and Arts for kids
  • Food and fun

Ways you can participate

  • Purchase a Display Table (Networking Dinner Included)
  • Conduct a Storytelling Session
  • Conduct a Crafts and Arts Session for kids
  • Conduct a Workshop
  • Sponsor or Partner with us

For more details, contact us

Networking Dinner

The event will be followed by talks and a networking dinner for publishers, authors, illustrators and content creators.


Our Speakers


Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins ( has written nine novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred in Publishers Weekly as "a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.") Her newest novel, Tiger Boy, is a Junior Library Guild selection. She has been honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the Bay Area with her family. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the East Bay where she is a lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California.


Nandini Bajpai

Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read. She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing. Nandini is the author of Red Turban White Horse (Scholastic India), Starcursed, and Rishi and the Karmic Cat (Red Turtle/Rupa India).


Meera Sriram

Meera Sriram has co-authored four books for children, all published in India. After graduate studies in Boston, and a brief stint as an electrical engineer, Meera realized she truly wanted to write for children. Her writing interests include diverse cultures, nature, and life's anomalous experiences. She has been reviewing multicultural children’s literature for over a decade now, and loves to pass on a good book title or suggest an author to a friend (or a stranger, for that matter). Currently, Meera runs an early literacy program for children in her neighboring communities. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two kids.Curling up to read with her children and drinking many cups of hot chai help her stay warm in foggy Northern California.


Rashi Bahri Chitnis

Rashi Bahri Chitnis is the visionary behind Shoonya and the creative director for all original content. She is a film professional who loves to spend time and collaborate with her amazing team of designers, animators, programmers, educators and most importantly, the young voice artists. Rashi has about fifteen years of film and television experience in two of the biggest film industries; Hollywood and India. In India, she was a TV host for the longest running breakfast show "Subah Savere" and a journalist with ZEE News and ANI. She loves to work with concepts and make them stand the hardship of scripting, production and post-production, in order to awe the audience!

Our Sponsors


Best Brains - Milpitas offers tutoring in Math, English, Abacus and General Knowledge.
Their innovative program provides children with the tools they need for success! Best Brains of Milpitas specializes in teaching students ages 3 to 14 Math, English, Abacus and General Knowledge all under one roof. Learn More...

Lekha Ink

Jyoti Yelagalawadi has enjoyed the art of telling stories for her entire life. She passes on this love of storytelling to her students at Lekha School of Creative Writing, of which she is the founder. An avid animal lover who grew up in a family of scientists, Jyoti was initially drawn to the veterinary field, and received her B.S. in Biology and Computer Science and a minor in Creative Writing. Despite her love of science, her passion for writing took over, and many of her written works reflect her love of animals and her interest in the relationship between man and nature. Some of her published works include the educational picture books, Laugh with Dinosaurs and Deep Sea Creatures, as well as the children’s stories Red’s Adventures, Chirpy the Chipmunk, and The Vegetarian Cat. Jyoti’s work has also been published in various magazines. Jyoti currently resides in San Jose, California, with her husband, daughter, son, and cat. Learn More...

Lekha Ink

Shoonya's mission is to create interactive edutainment content that is inspired by the stories and characters of the world. Why do we want to do it? It's simple. There is a great need for it. With the growing technologies, the world in indeed "becoming flat" and children today are intrigued by cultures around the world. Our company is based out of Santa Barbara, California, which is geographically placed somewhere between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Not sure, if this is by intention or accident but our company is a perfect marriage of these two worlds; edutainment and edtech. We love technology and we love originality. We love our Indian roots and we love our world exposure. We love our Montessori experience and we love children. So, we are committed to creating interactive content that brings personalized digital education that entertains and educates. Learn More...

Meet the Content Creators

Our Vendors And Authors

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