Saturday Morning with Illustrator Ranjan De – 12th November

We have a fantastic session at the library on 12th Nov. with Ranjan De, the illustrator of the much loved Picture book – Ikki Doki. Ranjan De is a designer-illustrator. He conducts creative workshops for children in puppetry, animation and paper sculptures. He is coming in tomorrow to conduct a session on ‘Cuppetry’!

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For those of you who have not yet been charmed by the book Ikki Dokki, here’s a review for you to read:http://www.saffrontree.org/2009/09/ekki-dokki.html. And for those of you who have this book, he would be happy to sign it for you!

Age – 6 to 10 years

Time – 11am to 12noon

Date- 12th Nov

Fee – Rs.500 per child

Venue- The Reading Caterpillar Library, F-24 second floor, Nizamuddin West.

To register please do drop in a mail at join@readingcaterpillar.com

This is the second session in the series of  monthly sessions (first Saturday of very month) that Delhi Storytellers Network will be conducting at the Library.

Ranjan De, a core group member of the Delhi Storytellers Network, is an illustrator, puppeteer and oral story reader, teller and creator of funny and whacky stories. And he is constantly busy with his hands creating and co-creating funky things with kids of all sizes and ages with all kinds of house hold junk that he finds all over the place. He has lots of learnshops and creates lots of fun learning activities, under the label of BridgingGaps in India.

 Delhi Storytellers’ Network (DSN) is a platform for professional storytellers based in the city and the NCR to congregate, collaborate, and commit to nurturing and developing the art form by exploring individual and collective possibilities. While enabling individual professional growth, it is committed to working with a focus on widening the scope of Storytelling to empower individuals and communities. The network is a mix of oral and visual storytellers, performers, dancers, musicians, artists, designers, writers and journalists and other individuals who use storytelling in its various avatars. 

DSN has 12 active members…and we are adding more every month… and we have been working with schools, corporates, NGOs and International bodies like the UNICEF, publishing houses, media houses and design institutions. DSN has a cumulative experience of 130 years.

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Come see the Ramadan Moon at Reading Caterpillar!

We have a special reading this coming Wednesday, 6th July*

We will read the book Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B Robert (published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book) Come on over for a little bit of drama, a fun story and tinsel, strings and beads galore.  Ramadan Moon is a stunningly illustrated book. And beautifully captures the excitement of the celebrations through the eyes of a little girl. Listen to what happens through the month and share the joy.

Our favourite Navroop will join in this Wednesday morning to help us capture the excitement in an interesting project!

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Date & time – Wednesday 6th July, 11 am to 12.15 noon, Age – 4 to 9 years, 

Venue- Reading Caterpillar, Nizamuddin West

 Please email join@readingcaterpillar.com to know the registration details .

*Delhi schools have a holiday on 6th July. In case of a change of date, we will reschedule the session to that date.

 

‘The Artist Series’ Artists, their stories and their art’

Artists tell their stories through their art. This summer we shared stories from the lives of these artists and then explored their art in fun  projects. The Artists we chose were –

Andy Warhol ……Jackson Pollock……S.H. Raza…….Jamini Roy

Each of their styles make for very interesting projects for children. We all had so much fun talking about artists, what art means to them and watching art from their perspective. This workshop was for children 4 to 7 years about artists, their stories , books and projects that were just perfect for this age group.

Sharing the fun we had when children met S.H. Raza.

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Above: Snapshots from our presentation

And it started with a Bindu!

We asked – ‘What does a ‘Bindu’ mean to you?’ And the answers ? Well…

  • My mother’s bindi
  • The planets, the sun and the moon
  • A dot with my pen
  • oranges
  • a dot-to-dot book
  • the centre
  • the black circle in your eye!

Once they started, the children had much too much to say about the Bindu! Prints of his works were all over the library, the geometric shapes, colours, structure and the bindu and most of all S.H. Raza’s story was the inspiration that allowed children to think about art and expressing their feelings through it!

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One of the best series of books on artists, Raza’s Bindu by Ritu Khoda and Vanita Pai (Publisher : Scholastic) is an absolutely fantastic book on the artist and his work. Interspersed with creative activity sheets that encourage children to think, this is not only a superb book on an artist but an amazing teaching resource!

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Take a look at the children’s interpretation of Raza’s Art!

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Getting started on our work of art!

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This is your Bindu. Tell us what you are creating !

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This is half moon and half sun. Rising and setting at the same time!

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Some of us could not wait to go back!! And yet some were eager to display their artwork

The artists series at the library for the different age groups has always been a wonderful learning experience for us, the children and their caregivers!

Keep watching this space for more on artists! 

Introduce the Artist …..Show the artwork…..Talk about inspirations……discuss personal preferences……and Styles……share the stories……Make A Connect!

Reading Caterpillar Toddler Book Club starts on 23rd July

The book club for Toddlers (2 years to 3 years) starts next week, 23rd July and will meet on Thursdays for 7 weeks till  the third week of September. 

The series ‘Fun With Looking’ will explore books that excite visual imagination and visual experience. We will explore books where images are as vital as words. The art activity will focus on process not product.

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This book club will be led by Deeksha Natha. She is an art critic and curator, currently the Director of Artreach and Fellow at the National Museum. She is the desk editor of Art AsiaPacific. Trained in art history, arts policy and contemporary theory she recalls loving repetitive writing exercises in school, they allowed her to explore the high and low points of typeset. Looking back at her own childhood, as she travels the mysterious and strange land of parenting, Deeksha recalls numerous, often painful visits to museums. Promising to herself the tyranny of looking would end with the end of childhood, the irony is that as an adult her happy place is an exhibition! And so she inflicts the same tyranny on her young boys and is amused at their often contradicting responses. Love it and hate it, they are never indifferent and their favourite game is to make stories of the images. 

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This is an accompanied group, a parent or a caregiver- the child is comfortable must accompany the child. The session starts at 4 pm, please do be on time, so that your child has time to settle down . You are more than welcome to drop in 10-15 minutes early. Please do dress the children in old clothes as we will be doing projects using paints. It is always nice when children bring in their books to share, if you like you can bring it in the first session and leave it with us so we can bring out each child’s book one by one during the sessions (Do write their names). 

The Schedule is : Thursdays @ 4 to 5 pm, Group Size- 8 children

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23rd July

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30th July 

 

6th August – no session

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13th August

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20th August

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27th August

3rd September- no session

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10th September

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17th September

The fee for this term is Rs.4500. Do let us know by email if you would like to sign up for the upcoming sessions . The Reading Caterpillar Library is in Nizamuddin West.

 A little bit about us:

Reading caterpillar is a library and a book club. Story hours are a weekly feature in the library and as illustrations  are an integral part of children’s books, Art is an important element at Reading Caterpillar. The books are always chosen keeping in mind the content, the quality of the drawing and the interests that children can be sensitised to at a young age. 

Drop in a mail at JOIN@READINGCATERPILLAR.COM to join the library. 

Summer Program for the 7 to 10+ year olds

We have authors and illustrators visiting us  and working with us this summer. These workshops for the 7 to 10+ children start next week and are on till the end of May. Children can join all or choose a particular Module.

Please email us at join@readincaterpillar.com to register or know more. The number of participants in each of these is restricted to 10.

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Details of the workshops –

Ages – 7+ to 10+ years

 ‘A Neighbourhood revisited’ with Samina

Where does the Reading Caterpillar live? Who are its friends and neighbours? Who gives it shade? Who brings it new stories? Join this workshop to observe, talk, record, draw and write about the Reading Caterpillar’s neighbourhood with author and filmmaker Samina Mishra. Over 4 days, children will play and work with words, pictures and sounds to create a narrative account of the neighbourhood that is home to the library.

Facilitators: Samina Mishra, Group Size: 10

 ‘Fly over your neighbourhood’: make your own Story Tapestry –

This is a wonderful project– a visual representation of what children see in their mind’s eye. Inspired by the African tradition of quilting their stories, we will sketch our stories out on cloth and the put it all together as a tapestry. Illustrator Priya Kuriyan will be joining in the workshop to help us illustrate our stories- translating our words, images into visuals.

Facilitators: Rabani, Priya Kuriyan and Prerna, Group Size: 10

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 (Above Pictures are from the Tar Beach )

The workshop A Neighbourhood revisited’ with Samina Is about putting the visuals that you see around you in to words, the second workshop ‘Fly over your neighbourhood’ – make your story tapestry, is about translating the images and perceptions of different places that we carry within us, into visuals.

These two workshops offer not only an interesting perspective to children but also an opportunity to work with really interesting people. Though children can join in either/ or of the workshops, joining in both the workshops will be a great way to look at the project as a whole.

‘The Modern Masters’ Artists, their stories and Art-

Artists tell their stories through their art. In this five-day workshop, we will hear stories and look at the art of some of our Modern Masters. This summer we have chosen

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Andy Warhol and
  • Frida Kahlo.

These three artists, from different parts of the world have been a defining force in the world of Art. We look forward to delving into their art through their life stories- learning about what they painted and how…..We will paint using their palette of colors, techniques and inspirations, sharing their artwork with the children.

Facilitators: Rabani and Prerna Sood, Group Size: 10

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 About the Facilitators:

Samina Mishra– She is a favorite at Reading caterpillar! Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker and writer with a special interest in media for children and has been published by Tulika, Young Zubaan and Scholastic. She makes films, write, teach and conduct workshops to make room for multiple stories of the world.

Priya Kuriyan- She is a children’s book illustrator, comic book artist and an animator. She has illustrated numerous children’s books – including Growing Up in Pandupur for Young Zubaan – for a variety of Indian publishers and currently lives in New Delhi. Priya is a graduate from India’s prestigious National Institute of Design(NID). Take a look at some of her work at http://priyakuriyan.blogspot.in/ and http://pkuriyan.blogspot.in/

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Humour it is!

Hello!

The theme was Humour! Children at this age respond to humour, they love being silly, and they understand the humour in situations. Our spring/summer list of books included some classics in this genre – from ‘Alexander’s No Good Day…’ to the humorous take on the popular tales like the ‘Three Little Wolves’  , we have had fun sharing them all! ‘The Book With No Pictures’ was read on a repeat! The book list included Caldecott winners, books that have imaginative and fun stories and artworks that lends itself well to art projects.

Tomorrow is our last day of our book club for the 3 to 6’s before the summer program begins next week! We’ve shared many laughs this time – some books had us rolling on the floor, a few had us giggling and quite a few turned storytellers!

Take a look at what we read and did! This is a great list of books if you are looking for Humour- innovative twisted tales, award winning classics , Indian publishing and one of the most creative books we’ve seen in the recent years! Enjoy!

1. On popular demand we re-visited the Caldecott winner ‘There was an old Lady who swallowed a flyBy Simms Taback (Caldecott Honor Book 1998)

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We made little match box books for the wonderful chain story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friend, author and illustrator Indu Harikumar has been inspiring us to make these match books 🙂

2. ‘Three little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’  By Eugene Trivizas, (ALA Notable Book) 

Most 3 to 6 year olds know these stories so it is doubly fun to share the twisted versions of the same. It gets them thinking! A little girl went back home and wrote her version of Little Red Riding Hood with her grandmother! Will share it on the blog soon!

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The flower house the wolves build to entice the big bad PIG!! Gorgeous and creative homes created by children..

3. ‘The Ginger Bear’ By Mini Grey

This is a twist on the Ginger Bread boy. It is story of a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. We love Mini Grey, do read Egg Drop if you haven’t already!

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Waiting for the cookies they rolled out )

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And Ginger bear boy gets ready!

 

4. ‘Icky Yucky Mucky’ by Natasha Sharma

Now this one should get the maximum laughs except some little ones side with the Royal Family 🙂 What’s wrong with making slurping sounds, or eating nails, or digging your nose ?!!

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Making slime ! Not Yucky at all.

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Seed bombs !!

5. ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!’ By Judith Viorst  (ALA notable book)

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it only got worse…We asked everyone if they have ever had a bad day? And almost all of them said no! A little prodding later – siblings and traffic jams emerged as the leading cause of  a bad day!

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6. ‘The Book with No Pictures’ by B.J.Novak

Wish we had recorded the laughter and the rolling on the floor! The book was a hit with all. Our copies are issued out and we have a queue for this!

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Watch the author reading the book –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agl02nRjMEI

We did a word play and the older kids lead a fun afternoon:

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Words are fun and sometimes you can make your own!

7. ‘Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs’ by Mo Williams

Another twisted tale, this one is by the genius Mo Williams. We love how his words speak to children, he is fun and irreverent! The dinosaurs lay a trap for a sumptuous girl who they know will just walk in! Ah and all the chocolate she eats makes her just right for the dino’s who just love little chocolate Bon bon girls!

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Though the children know the story really well, we just had to show this gorgeous books by Lauren Child. She used photographs of Goldilocks shot in a hand-crafted and miniature world complete with tiny umbrellas, papa bear’s pipe, and carved furniture.

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We invited Gond Master Crafts person Gariba Tekam to work with children. After the story, he had them paint the bear and Goldilocks in the Gond Style. Sharing a few pictures of the wonderful work the children did-

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8. ‘Petunia’ by Roger Duvoisin

Well, we end our Spring book club with this book tomorrow! We love this book and the funny Petunia. Let’s see what the children think about it. Written about 40 years ago, the book has a special place in the library.

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Have a good summer!

Summer Program 2015

Reading Caterpillar Summer Program 2015

We have a buzzing summer ahead! New books on our shelves, workshops starting 11th May, visits by author, illustrators, storytellers AND artists! Come to the Library- do check www.readingcaterpillar.com / www.readingcaterpillar.wordpress.com for the library schedule and joining details.

The Summer Program – Children can join in all the workshops or you can choose a specific modules/week. Please mail in at join@readingcaterpillar.com to register or know more.

Ages : 2 to 4

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Ages: 4 to 7

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Ages: 7 plus to 10+

Summer Program 2015

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 Details of the workshop –

 Age- 2 to 4 year

The World Of Eric Carle (Book and Art)

Illustrations are an integral part of children’s literature, attracting a child to the book. The pictures sometimes convey so much more than words. And Eric Carle Does it best! His books are a delight – full of imagination and gorgeous art, they celebrates Art and Imagination and are a visual treat enabling us to create projects that explore multiple mediums and activities, which particularly tap into their visual and creative sensibilities. These three days will be filled full of Eric Carle’s and his inspiration, Leo Lioni’s stories and process-based art.

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Clay-tastic Mornings

Clay is a medium of art! The object of this program is to sensitize children to this medium and capture their playfulness and spontaneity, converting the same into small objects from their imagination. The advantage of ‘clay’ is that it can take impressions of any kind, be it natural- including hands, tree barks, leaves or man-made! And in the process inspiring children to create interesting tiles/murals.

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Giant projects and little hands –

Rolls of paper, big brushes, sloshes of colour, knees deep in paint, little hands create giant projects together with their friends. Taking impressions with their hands, or things we find around. Walking in the paint, feeling and kneading, the process becomes the project.

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 Ages- 4+ to 7 years

 A Book Week at the Library:  Stories of the world-

A Story from here and a story from there but IT’s only a story! We bring to you the golden box of ‘Stories of the world’ this May.

 Our favourite theme, it is one of the best and absolutely fun introduction to different cultures. We love coming back every summer to work on this theme with newer stories, bringing in new books every year to showcase different cultures! This time we will also be introducing Oral Traditions of telling Tales. We will share with the little ones stories from across the world, books from different places, and poems from all over. Large rolls of paper, some unusual materials, masks and maps, Some interesting facts, pictures, landscape and more.

  • Introducing Oral Narratives and other visual forms of storytelling in different cultures
  • And the artwork will be inspired from the city / country from which the story originates.
  • Postcard rings – some children who have been coming the last few summers might have these. Bring it! We’ll add more to the collection.

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 ‘The Artist Series’ Artists, their stories and their art –

Artists tell their stories through their art. We will be sharing stories for children from the lives of these artists and then exploring their art in fun and interactive projects. The Artists we have chosen this summer are –

  • Andy Warhol
  • Jackson Pollock
  • S.H. Raza
  • Jamini Roy

Each of their styles make for very interesting projects for children.

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Wonders of waste –Recycled art project

Bring in all the waste you can and let’s turn it into something we can reuse! Let’s look around and see what we can recycle! Or can we turn it into art?

An empty can, a bottle of milk, a worn out tyre, a bouncy ball and newspapers too, maybe a roll, or a cap or two, cartons galore, buttons, shoes and rags to go.  Clothespins, buttons, bubble wrap and many others all had useful lives as they were originally envisioned. Now these materials and many more will find a second life as a favorite project at this workshop.

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 Ages – 8 to 10+ years

 ‘A Neighbourhood revisited’ with Samina

Where does the Reading Caterpillar live? Who are its friends and neighbours? Who gives it shade? Who brings it new stories? Join this workshop to observe, talk, record, draw and write about the Reading Caterpillar’s neighbourhood with author and filmmaker Samina Mishra. Over 4 days, children will play and work with words, pictures and sounds to create a narrative account of the neighbourhood that is home to the library.

Facilitators: Samina Mishra

Group Size: 10

 ‘Fly over your neighborhood’ : make your own Story Tapestry –

This is a wonderful project– a visual representation of what children see in their mind’s eye. Inspired by the African tradition of quilting their stories, we will sketch our stories out on cloth and the put it all together as a tapestry. Illustrator Priya Kuriyan will be joining in the workshop to help us illustrate our stories- translating our words, images into visuals.

Facilitators: Rabani, Priya Kuriyan and Prerna

Group Size: 10

 The workshop A Neighourhood revisited’ with Samina Is about putting the visuals that you see around you in to words, the second workshop ‘Fly over your neighborhood’ – make your story tapestry, is about translating the images and perceptions of different places that we carry within us, into visuals.

 These two workshops offer not only an interesting perspective to children but also an opportunity to work with really interesting people. Though children can join in either/ or of the workshops, joining in both the workshops will be a great way to look at the project as a whole.

‘The Modern Masters’ Artists, their stories and Art-

Artists tell their stories through their art. In this five-day workshop, we will hear stories and look at the art of some of our Modern Masters. This summer we have chosen

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Andy Warhol and
  • Frida Kahlo.

These three artists, from different parts of the world have been a defining force in the world of Art. We look forward to delving into their art through their life stories- learning about what they painted and how…..We will paint using their palette of colors, techniques and inspirations, sharing their artwork with the children.

 Facilitators: Prerna Sood, Rabani, Group Size: 10

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About the Facilitators:

Samina Mishra– She is a favorite at Reading caterpillar! Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker and writer with a special interest in media for children and has been published by Tulika, Young Zubaan and Scholastic. She makes films, write, teach and conduct workshops to make room for multiple stories of the world.

Priya Kuriyan- She is a children’s book illustrator, comic book artist and an animator. She has illustrated numerous children’s books – including Growing Up in Pandupur for Young Zubaan – for a variety of Indian publishers and currently lives in New Delhi. Priya is a graduate from India’s prestigious National Institute of Design(NID). Take a look at some of her work at http://priyakuriyan.blogspot.in/ and http://pkuriyan.blogspot.in/

 Rabani Garg– She has been conducting reading programs and story sessions at various schools and libraries and children’s literature festivals. She is also the founding member and on the editorial team of the Children’s magazine Thinkling.

Prerna Sood She is an architect by profession. But loves to work on different art projects with children, where they can explore multiple mediums. She runs a private architecture practice nilaA out of her design studio in New Delhi.

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Stories that travel!

 

 

 

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Giant Projects for little hands!

 

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Wonderful World of Waste

 

 

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Words with Samina Mishra

 

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Exploring Picasso

 

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The Indian Masters at NGMA