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!
10 am - 4 pm on Nov 5, 2016 will be a free event open to the public. There will be
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The event will be followed by talks and a networking dinner for publishers, authors, illustrators and content creators.
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...
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...
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...
Yali Books is an independent publisher of books with a focus on South Asian cultures. Yali is founded on the idea of giving readers a glimpse into the intricate cultures, history and heritage of the region and its diaspora. Yali is home to diverse and imaginative books, starting with our the first, Bye, Bye, Motabhai!. As Yali Books grows, we aspire to showcase new talent in South Asian writing and illustration. Together, we would like to open a window to this incredible region and invite the world to look inside.
Shruthi Rao is a writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Her short fiction has won international awards, and her work has been published widely. She has written several stories, essays and picture books for children. The latest book, "The Secret Garden", is a beautifully illustrated book on the remarkable relationship between the fig wasp and the fig tree, and the ecological importance of the fig tree. "Avani and the Pea Plant" is her first book with Pratham Books. Her website is http://www.shruthi-rao.com.
Shoumi Sen is the creator of ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ and is a Strategy, Sales and Marketing professional at a leading Energy Management company. She spent her childhood growing up in Paris, Bombay and Dubai and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Her widely acclaimed book ‘Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!’ is available on Amazon.com. Presented in poetry and color, it celebrates Durga Puja as narrated by 3 year old Riya. The cultural colors have a pronounced Bengali connection, but are universal to Durga Puja celebrations across several communities. The inspiration behind the collection comes from an appreciation of a child’s clarity in perception, which is magical because of its simplicity. Connect with Shoumi at https://www.facebook.com/FromTheToddlerDiaries.
Ramya Sethuraman is a software engineer with a penchant for telling tales. She loves to play with words and has a knack for creating special stories from ordinary, day-to-day lives of people. Her stories have appeared in DNA, Me magazine in Bombay-India, India Abroad newspaper in the US and has received special mention in the 76th annual writer's digest competition in the US. She has published a book about Indian immigrant dilemmas (r2idreams - Return to India Dreams) and a collection of short stories (The Last Laugh). Her latest children's book is called Radhika's Homework Fairy. All three books are available on Amazon.
Gamaya was founded on one principle: Connecting kids with culture. All over the world the tradition of storytelling, through simple stories, has been passed down through generations to teach values that enrich our lives. As parents we want our children to hear the same stories which inspired and entertained us when we were growing up. However, kids today are much harder to please. They demand highly engaging experiences! Gamaya’s unique blend of the real and virtual world brings folktales and stories of the past to life. Through 3D animated cartoons & toys that come alive in a video game, your kids will enjoy the world of folklore like never before. Gamaya is funded by leading investors from the valley; Tandem Capital, NEA and various HNIs.
Co-founder of iPaatti, Inc in USA. As a diaspora parent, I was trying to teach Tamil to kids and trying to create interest in them to learn the language. Unfortunately, very few or no products available which are built upon children needs and likes as it is available in English. Hence, started, iPaatti, Inc in USA to create fun and interactive based Indian language products. Started with just one song book, now we have 20 products such as story books, word games, scrabble game, puzzle, activity books and e-books. As mentioned the focus is to create fun and interactive based products and take languages to children play world. Now working with children to create story books, games and also giving life to their creativity, stories and ideas.
As Indian American moms of preschoolers, we struggled to find age appropriate products that were engaging enough to help introduce our children to our beautiful Indian heritage. We were disappointed to learn that only 10% of mainstream educational products are targeted at young minority Americans so we took it upon ourselves to bridge that gap and 3 Curious Monkeys was born.Our goal at 3 Curious Monkeys is to help kids around the world experience the beauty and diversity of India through our three fun and relatable monkeys Suno, Dekho, and Jaano. Our goal is for young kids to embrace their cultural identity instead of shying away from it, all the while having lots of FUN!!
"CultureDabba is a monthly children's magazine that teaches kids about Indian culture in a fun way. Our mission is to help our young readers gain an appreciation of the Indian heritage."
The LIVELYHIVE app features a library of colorful and interactive digital books for early learners of script-based languages. The app currently has content in Tamil and Hindi, but we have plans to add more Indian and South Asian languages in future updates. It also offers a way for Tamil and Hindi speakers to learn English. Our first book “Everyday Words”, is a collection of words representing simple objects, relationships and emotions.