गोष्टरंग फेलोशिप २०२३-२४

नमस्कार! गोष्टरंगच्या फेलोशिप  २०२३-२४  च्या निवड प्रक्रियेत आपलं स्वागत आहे.

‘गोष्टरंग’ हा क्वेस्ट या सामाजिक संस्थेच्या वाचनलेखन समृद्धी कार्यक्रमातील एक अभिनव उपक्रम आहे. ग्रामीण आणि आदिवासी विभागात वाचन संस्कृती अजूनही म्हणावी तशी रुजलेली नाही. अशा भागातल्या मुलांसाठी बालसाहित्यातल्या किंवा मुलांच्या पुस्तकांतल्या गोष्टी सादर केल्या, तर त्यांना वाचन–लेखनाची ओढ वाटू शकेल या अपेक्षेने क्वेस्टने २०१६ मध्ये ‘गोष्टरंग’ हा कार्यक्रम सुरू केला. गोष्टरंग फेलोशिपच्या आतापर्यंत ०५ बॅचेस झाल्या आहेत आणि २३ व्यक्तींनी ही फेलोशिप पूर्ण केली आहे.


2022 – 2023


Story: – V. Suteyev

Picture: – V. Suteyev

Translation: – Madhav Kelkar

Publication: – Eklavya Publication

A frog, a chick, a rat, an ant and a ladybug were travelling together. They reached a lake. The frog jumped into the water. But the others could not swim. What would they do? How did they cross the lake? This is the story of their efforts.


Story: – Fawziya Gilani Williams

Picture: – Proiti Roy

Translation: – Snehalata Datar

Publication: – Tulika Publication

Ismat bought gifts for his family for Eid. He even bought a pair of trousers for himself. But there was only one last pair in the shop, and it was too long. He thought, someone from the family will help to shorten the long trousers. But they were all busy preparing for Eid celebrations. Was Ismat able to wear his new trousers for Eid? Did anyone help him?


Story: – Swati Raje

Picture: – Rajesh bhavsar 

Translation: – Snehalata Datar

Publication: – Rohan Publication

There was a tiny speck of dust. His name was Dhulakoba. One day, he felt angry with the Sun. He started looking for ways to teach the Sun a lesson. What did he find during his search? Was he able to teach the Sun a lesson? We undertake this search with the speck of dust.


Story: – Sowmya Rajendran

Picture: – Pratik Ghosh 

Translation: – Vasudha Ambiye

Publication: – Tulika Publication

On each day of the week, Mani likes to become a different animal. On Monday he is a monkey, on Tuesday he is a crocodile. And so on – a different animal every day!


Story: G. A. Kulkarni

Pictures: Sagar Suresh Arankalle

Publisher: Parchure Prakashan Mandir

Bimma found a blank paper. He wrote a long letter on it. He told his mother, “This is a letter from Father.” But his mother couldn’t read the squiggly lines drawn by Bimma. She asked him to read it out. What was in the letter? 


Story: Swati Raje

Pictures: Chandramohan Kulkarni

Publisher: Jyotsna Prakashan

This is the story of a path through a forest, which gets transformed into a concrete road over time. This transformation leads to many other changes.


2022 – 2023

Nikhil Thok is from Sinnar Taluka (Dist. Nashik). He has been performing on stage since he was in school. He has participated in street plays, one-act plays during his pre-university years. Recently he was introduced to the style of Goshtarang performances and that is how he decided to be a part of the Fellowship.

Nikhil Pujari is from Atpadi (Dist. Sangli). When he was working in Pune, he also worked in theatre, both as an actor and as a backstage artist. He believes that a platform like Goshtarang will help him discover himself in a new way, through communicating with children.

Actor and a Puppeteer, Priyanka Kotwal is basically from Mumbai. She has worked with many prominent theatre groups such as Studio Tamasha, Backbenchers Productions etc. She conducts puppet making workshops for children. She was associated with an NGOs that uses theater as an input to build skills in children. She believes that Goshtarang will add to her skill set.

Ankush Bharti realized his passion for theatre and decided to study theatre at Pune University. Even before he joined Lalit Kala Kendra he was doing theatre activities for children under the guidance of his teachers and friends. He feels a strong connection with children. He wants to gain the Gostharang experience so that he can go back to Parbhani, where he is from, and do work with children over there.

Book Performed

2019 – 2020

Malachey Chandichey Painjan

Author: Annie Besant

Illustrator: Nancy Raj

Marathi translation: Snehalata Datar

Publication: Tulika Publishers, Chennai

Suitable for students of grades 1 & 2.

Hiss! Boo! Muahahaha! Mala creeps up from behind and scares everyone. One day, her mother gives her a pair of pretty silver anklets… What happens next? Will she be able to scare people again?


Author: Nilesh Nimkar

Illustrator: Shubhangi Chetan

Publication: Education for Equality & QUEST

Suitable for children of grades 1 & 2.

One day, instead of books the teacher brings only umbrellas to the class. What happens next? This is the story about how all the children narrate their ways of using an umbrella.

Mul Saarya Gaavacha

Author & Illustrator: Jane Cowen Fletcher

Translated by: Shobha Bhagwat

Published by: Kaja Kaja Maru Prakashan

Suitable for children of grades 3 & 4

In a story based on the West African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” a young girl proudly watches her brother and then realizes that the entire village has been watching
them both.

Korika Navacha Patang

Author: Sharada Kolluru

Translator: Vasudha Ambiye

Illustrator: K P Muralidharan

Published by: Tulika Publishers, Chennai

Rajamma looks at the patterns on the kite and tells Yellaiah it is a wish-fulfilling kite. So Yellaiah calls it Korika, which, in Telugu, means that which is wish-fulfilling. He wishes for a bicycle, but he must let it go for his younger brother.

Vinu Lagali Ajji

Author: Yuri Orlev

Translator: Niranjan Ujagare

Illustrator: Ora Eytan

Published by: National Book Trust, New Delhi

Granny comes to a town with nothing but a bundle of wool and knitting needles in her bag. … When the time comes for the children to go to school, she finds out that knitted children are not accepted. So, Granny declares war.

Book Performed

2018 – 2019

The Dot (Ek Thipka)

Author & Illustrator: Peter H Reynold

Translated by: Sharvari Patankar

Published by: Candlewick Press

A story about a girl named Vashti who discovers her artistic talent.

Neena Ani Manjar

Authored by: Fatima Sharafuddin

Translated by: Ajit Pendse

Illustrated by: Vincent Hardy

Published by: Jyotsna Prakashan

A story of a baby elephant who is friendly with a cat. Slowly, the elephant starts behaving like the cat. Will their friendship be approved?

Kumpanachya Aat Kombada Oradla

Author & Illustrator: Wasim Barry Maner

Published by: Dawaat-E-Dakkhan

The story of two roosters on either side of a fence. Their families stay with them too. One day both the roosters fight and kill each other. But the families stay alive.


Authour: Swati Raje

Illustrator: Chandramohan Kulkarni

Published by: Jyotsna Prakashan

It was harvest time. The wheat stalks were cut and tied into bundles. A grain suddenly flew and landed on the soil. It was all alone… its life had been so different…

Amchi Bhannat Gaay

Author: Mahashweta Devi

Translated by: Vasudha Ambiye

Illustrator: Ruchi Shah

Published by: Tulika Publishers

Nyadosh the cow has a fierce gleam in her eyes and a furious appetite. She chomps on textbooks, feasts on frocks, and devours anything blue in color.

Ka Ka Kumari

Author: Mahashweta Devi

Translated by: Snehalata Datar

Illustrator: Kanyika Kini

Published by: Jyotsna Prakashan

Ka Ka Kumari is a story of a curious and fierce tribal girl who always
asks questions.

Book Performed

2017 – 2018

Japun Re Sattu

Authour: Yamini Vijayan

Translated by: Mrinalini Vanarase

Illustrator: Vishnu M Nair

Published by: Pratham Books

Jump and crawl and climb with Sattu as he goes with his mother to the farm where she works. A story about the different and wonderful ways in which we move.

Majhya Aaichi Saadi

Author: Sandhya Rao

Translated by: Senhalata Datar

Illustrator: Nina Sabnani

Published by: Tulika Publishers

For children, a mother’s sari means many things. This is where they hide when they are afraid of something. It has always protected them from
their fears.

Bujgavnyanchi Varaat

Author: Shamim Padamsee

Translated by: Varshan Gajendra Gadkar

Illustrator: Tanaya Vyas

Published by: Pratham Books

Scarecrows are put up in fields to scare away birds and animals.
But little Gauri thinks otherwise!

Bondapallichi Baawali Goshta

Author: Shamim Padamsee

Translated by: Snehlata Datar

Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan

Published by: Tulika Publishers

There was once a prince who hated food. But one day the royal cook surprised him.

Chipko Rujale Tyachi Goshta

Author & Illustrator: Jeyanthi Manokaran

Translated by: Mrinalinee Vanarase

Published by: Pratham Books

Dichi, a brave Bhotiya girl takes part in the Chipko movement to save her beloved trees.

Kapilene Ghetla Jhoka

Author & Illustrator: Jujja & Thomas Wieslander

Translated by: Mahesh Keluskar

Published by: National Book Trust, New Delhi

Kapila, a cow, wants to learn everything – how to climb a tree, ride a bicycle, play on a swing, or build a treehouse. She asks her friend crow to help her.

Book Performed

2016 – 2017

Don Kutryanchi Goshta

Author: Dipak Prahraj

Translated by: Rahul Kosambi

Illustrator: Arya Prahraj

Published by: National Book Trust, New delhi

Don Kutryanchi Goshta is about two dogs; one belongs to a wealthy boy and the other to a poor boy.

Itku Pitku Akashvanivar

Author: Shailaja Raje

A story of two rats who decide to visit the radio station.

Babachya Misha

Author & Illustrator: Madhuri Purandare

Published by: Pratham Books

Babachya Mishya is about Anu who is fascinated by her father’s moustache. The story is about her imagination of different kinds of moustaches.

Ali Bajrangbali Banato Tevha

Author: Devashish Makhija

Translated by: Sunitee Jain

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Published by: Tulika Books

The Bargad chawl residents are in danger of losing their homes, till Ali, the monkey swings, jumps and leaps into action, and comes up with a monkey trick!

Kanna Panna

Author: Zai Whitaker

Translated by: Snehlata Datar

Illustrator: Niloufer Wadiya

Published by: Tulika Books

Kanna is a little boy who cannot see. But when the lights go off at the cave temple, it is very dark and no one else in his family can see enough to make their way out, Kanna knows exactly how to go out.


2019 – 2020

Pratiksha Kachare is a young theatre practitioner from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. She completed her graduation in Engineering. She loved reading and storytelling, which lead to an interest in theatre. She participated in many workshops like Creative Writing, voice modulation, Thousand Expressions Physical theatre workshop and Facilitator Training workshop. She also attended many theatre performances and play rehearsals to keep learning. She brought all this knowledge to the Goshtarang Fellowship when she was selected. She enjoyed performing stories for children in various villages and towns. Now she is trying to explore her skills and passion as a performer.

Vardhan Deshapande is from Aurangabad. While he was studying Engineering in Pune, he developed an interest in Theatre. He participated in many theatre competitions and won prizes. He worked as an Engineer for about a year. Soon, he realized that his interest in theatre was growing stronger. He left the job and opted for formal training in theatre by joining Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune and completed his Master’s degree (M.A. Theatre). After being selected as a Goshtarang Fellow, Vardhan got an experience of living and working in a rural setting. He is now based in Pune.

Mahendra Walunj lives in Pune. He has completed a Diploma in Printing Technology. However, he decided to pursue his interest in theatre after the diploma. He has acted in a few Marathi films and plays. During the Goshtarang Fellowship, he enjoyed the process of storytelling for children. He is now associated with ‘Tiny Tales’, an intiative started by Goshtarang Fellows from an earlier batch. He conducted online workshops for teachers and children.

Ram Saidpure hails from Latur. He completed his Diploma in Electronics. For the last 7 years, Ram has been working in theatre in Pune. He handles the technical aspects of theatre and has also acted in some plays. In the Gostharang Fellowship, he learnt the skills of performing stories for children. Subsequently, he is learning various aspects of storytelling.


2018 – 2019

Urvaraj Gaikwad is a Mechanical Engineer by training. To pursue his interest in theatre, he studied Performing Arts at K K Wagh College of Performing Arts, Nashik, and moved on to writing-directing-acting in Marathi plays. He received a nomination for Zee Gaurav 2017. Then he joined Goshtarang Fellowship and learnt various aspects of storytelling for children. After the fellowship, Urvaraj was appointed as the Joint Secretary of ‘Marathi Bal Rangabhoomi Natya Parishad’, Nashik. He conducts theatre workshops for rural children for free, and works with director Chinmay Kelkar in ‘Open Box’, an initiative for using children’s theatre for education. He has recently received the ‘Yuva Kala Gaurav 2021’ award.

Ganesh Jadhav hails from Shirdi (Nashik District). As a school boy, he had a keen interest in elocution and drama. But he decided to complete his graduation in Commerce before pursuing this interest further. He joined Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune, for a formal training in performing arts. He wrote and directed a few plays while studying. He also conducted theatre workshops for children, and participated in Theatre Olympic 2018 organized by NSD, Delhi. During the Goshtarang Fellowship, Ganesh learnt new skills of storytelling
for children.

Sagar Landage is from Amravati. He completed his Masters in Theatre from Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune. He was conducting theatre workshops with children in Amravati, when he got selected for the Goshtarang Fellowship. After the training and experience received during this Fellowship, Sagar launched ‘Rang Shala’ in Amravati to work with children. He is getting a good response, and he wants to continue to explore theatre and education.

Ruchika Khot lives in Kolhapur. She studied Marathi Literature and then did her Masters in Theatre. As a Goshtarang Fellow, she enjoyed the experience of performing children’s stories in various villages. Recently, she participated in the acting reality show ‘Maharashtra cha superstar’ on Zee Marathi TV channel. She also works with ‘Tiny Tales’, an initiative by other Goshtarang Fellows to continue storytelling work for children. Ruchika wants to be involved in theatre full-time, and is also exploring other media.

Dipali Kale lives in Aurangabad. She had completed B Ed and was working on Early Childhood Education, when she got selected for Goshtarang Fellowship. During the Fellowship she was able to combine her theoretical knowledge of education with performing arts. Later she completed her Masters in Education and is now working with ‘Prakriya Vachan Katta’, Pune, telling stories online for children. She says that the Goshtarang Fellowship has boosted her confidence which will stay with her in whatever field she works in.


2016 – 2017

Sagar Bhoir is from Wada (Palghar District). He is an alumnus of The Drama School, Mumbai. After his training, he participated in Goshtarang, performing children’s stories in schools in and around Wada. Sagar then worked with his colleagues from The Drama School on a play called ‘Krishna Sandhaan’ using Yakshagana as its base. He acted in ‘Deewar’ under prominent theatre director Sunil Shanbag. He has also acted in ‘Shakuntalam’ as a clown, directed by Mr Rupesh Tillu, supported by ‘Clowns without borders’ from Sweden. They have done 130+ shows of the same. Sagar remains connected with Goshtarang by conducting fitness workshops for Goshtarang Fellows where he trains them how to utilize physical training as a performer.

Shreeram Chaudhari is from Wada (Palghar District). After his training at The Drama School, Mumbai, he participated in Goshtarang, performing children’s stories in schools in and around Wada. Later, Shreeram worked in theatre with his colleagues from The Drama School, on a play called Krishna Sandhaan that used Yakshagana as its base. He has worked on a Hindi short film ‘Karm’ by prominent Director Shibu Sable. He has also acted in ‘Shakuntalam’ as one of three clowns, directed by Mr Rupesh Tillu, supported by ‘Clowns without borders’, an organisation based in Sweden.

Before joining Goshtarang, Chetan Patil had attended a theatre workshop by prominent director Chinmay Kelkar. He acted in the play ‘Bin Biyache Jhad’ which was created in that workshop. That experience sealed his connection with theatre. He participated in Goshtarang, performing children’s stories in schools in and around Wada. Later, he started conducting theatre workshops for young persons in Wada town. In collaboration with his local friends, Chetan has scripted and directed a few short plays, which they perform in villages around Wada. They also perform street plays for creating awareness on social issues.

Vishal Mokashi…

Bhavana Shelar