Herrah Bari (SB): This sequence is totally different from earlier books HerStory has revealed – specializing in locations fairly than individuals. Why is that this necessary?
Katerina Don: River tales has 15 quick illustrated tales about Bangladeshi crafts, theater and music, structure and festivals. A workforce of sensible illustrators labored to convey the tales of kids and adults world wide to life. The structure sequence options three locations that remember Bangladesh’s wealthy cultural variety: the Armenian Church, Panam Metropolis and Kantaji Temple, illustrated by Sayeef Mahmud. Like His tales, it seems at historical past by way of a particular prism – that of heritage – and celebrates our distinctive identification. Since our workforce was behind the manufacturing, a lot of the characters within the books are women who work together with older feminine characters. The books characteristic women touring, women studying and celebrating their identities.
SB: How did you handle to incorporate essential data whereas preserving the language accessible to younger readers?
Anita Amreen: Whereas we had been conscious of the youthful viewers, we did not let this be the highest precedence behind tone or language alternative – we wrote with the intention of participating and inspiring a way of marvel. If a spot or story carries sufficient weight and is as magical as Kantaji Temple, you needn’t add an excessive amount of element or “idiot” for a youthful viewers. We held onto what anybody of any age would discover fascinating about such a temple – the mind-boggling element, the terra-cotta paintings of the whole lot from dances to dragons. As for the characters, we wished to keep away from stereotypical brother-sister duets and normalize opposite-sex friendship. Nahian and Mira are mates who bond with the magic of a 300-year-old temple, a temple that Mira visited however Nahian doesn’t have.
SB: What impressed the colour palette and magnificence of the paintings?
Sayeef Mahmud: I had a roommate in 2017. He has an important character, is a surfer and wears very vibrant garments. Till then I used to be working largely in black and white however in 2018 I did a sequence of watercolors with these colours and slowly over the previous few years the palette has developed into what you see now.
I’ve all the time beloved structure. And I actually like to attract buildings. Whereas engaged on an illustration, the primary activity is to translate the idea nicely for everybody, be it actual life or fantasy. However studying to attract a favourite topic is all the time a deal with.
SB: What sort of analysis went into the challenge? What are the distribution plans?
Katerina Don: The listing of matters was chosen by Asia Basis and HerStory Basis. The sequence of festivals celebrates the linguistic motion, the indigenous neighborhood, the Previous Dhaka torch and the agrarian calendar. These are the components that make us who we’re: an exquisite Chanachur influences. We not too long ago visited the Armenian Church and met the Guardian’s son who confirmed us round. We discovered that his household had been operating the land for 3 generations and that they had been Hindus. It’s the concord and cohesion that we have now sought to rejoice. We additionally discovered that it was the Armenians who arrange the jute commerce on this a part of Bengal. Our cultural identification is a fusion, there isn’t a “pure” and it’s lovely.
We hope that the books can be out there later within the yr in print type. They’re free on www.letsreadasia.org in Bangla and English, simply accessible on pc and cell.
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