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HEIDI comes to Indian homes!

South Asia

The Hindi version of the Swiss classic HEIDI written by Johanna Spyri will soon be accessible to numerous Indian children, for the first time. Published by A & A Book Trust, the book will be launched at the Bookaroo Children’s Book Festival in Delhi and Jaipur, and then be distributed in smaller Indian towns.

Editor: Arundhati Deosthale
Translator: Avanti Devasthale
Illustrations: Ashok Raj
Published by A & A Book Trust

Bookaroo Festival of Children’s Literature


Festival dates: 18 & 19 November 2017 at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
Heidi session: Saturday 18 Nov 2017 at The Studio at 12:30 pm
For age group: 10-12yrs
Speaker: Avanti Devasthale

Festival dates: 25 – 26 November 2017 at Children’s Park,  Gate number 3, near India Gate, New Delhi
Heidi session: Sunday 26 Nov 2017 at The Palms at 3:00 pm
For age group: 10-12yrs
Speaker: Avanti Devasthale

Hyderabad Literary Festival
Translator Avanti Devasthale, with the Little Theatre (comprising of Shankar Melkote, B S Prakash and Vijay Marur) and George Hull on the saxophone.
Date – 26.01.2018 from 12.00 – 13.00 pm
Venue: Nanha Nukkad
Age Group – 7 – 12 years

Panel Discussion
Translation into Indian Languages: Domesticating the Alien
Astri Ghosh, Avanti Deosthale Moderator: Giridhar Rao
Date – 28.01.2018 from 11:40-12:20 pm
Venue – Telangana Tourism Pavilion

Entry as per festival rules

Targeted at children between 9-12 years, the hardcover will be an unabridged edition with 322 pages. In editor Arundhati Deosthale’s words, “the story is timeless and can be enjoyed by all who celebrate pastoral beauty in nature and innocence and goodness in people.” HEIDI has been translated into Hindi by Avanti Devasthale and carries illustrations by Ashok Raj.

The translation is supported by Pro Helvetia New Delhi.