Ektara is Takshila’s centre for children’s literature and art. We are located in Bhopal. We endeavour to make accessible literature to all children between the ages of 4 and 18 years. Our journey began with the publication of a bi-monthly Hindi magazine, Pluto, for early readers (4-8 years). In Pluto, we publish both fiction and non-fiction to address all four childhood impulses-social, exploratory, constructive and artistic impulses. You will find links to some of the pages of Pluto on our website.
We are in the process of bringing out another bi-monthly Hindi magazine, Cycle, for children between 9-12 years. Apart from stories and poems, this magazine would cover a wide range of topics such as art, history, environment, nature, animals, politics, social issues- caste and gender, philosophy, and anecdotes.
To strengthen the body of children’s literature in Hindi, we began a fellowship programme for senior writers- Srijanpeeth. In two years, we have collaborated with Vinod Kumar Shukla, Priyamvad, Asgar Wajahat, Naresh Saxena and Krishna Kumar. Their works have been published under the banner of Jugnoo Prakashan, an imprint of Takshila Publication. We also organise workshops for writers every two months.
A children’s book is incomplete without illustrations. To develop a dialogue between a word and a picture, we have added a newest feather in our cap, Riyaz- an academy for illustrators. This academy is funded by Tata Trust as part of Parag initiative.