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Our planet as we know it is going through severe and rapid climatic changes. One such delicate element affected by this change are the corals. The earth’s coral reefs are responsible for producing 50 - 80% of oxygen in the atmosphere and that should be a reason enough to save them!

HarperCollins Publishers India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), All Living Things Environment Film Festival (ALT EFF) and Avid Learning present a panel discussion on the Making of Coral Woman - An Illustrated book for children. The book weaves through the protagonist’s journey, which leads to discovering a whole new world under our vast blue oceanic carpet. The book also sheds light on the importance of corals, and the impact they have on the marine life and coastal communities around them, raising awareness about current threats to our marine ecosystems.

We will be in conversation with SVP, Essar Group, CEO of Avid Learning and Curator, Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Asad Lalljee, Producer and Independent Media Consultant, Anupama Mandloi, and Publisher – HarperCollins Children’s Books, HarperCollins, Tina Narang. The session will be moderated by Co-founder and Foundation Director of Indian Documentary Foundation, Sophy Sivaraman.

Our panel of experts will discuss the beautifully designed and illustrated book that offers an incredible insight into life underwater. The speakers will trace the roots that lead to the inspiration behind the book and elucidate the challenges and highlights of bringing the reef on to reel, and then an illustrated book!

The book is written by author, curator and the founder of Peek A Book – Festival of Children's Literature, Lubaina Bandukwala, illustrated by Illustrator and artist Sanket Pethkar and conceptualised around Filmmaker Priya Thuvassery’s mesmerising and revealing short film by the same name, ‘Coral Woman’. Thuvassery’s film is the story of an ordinary 50 year old homemaker with the courage to dive the deep seas in search of coral reefs. It is also the most timely story of India's coral reefs and the dangers they face.

Join us and our panel of experts to learn more on how they have successfully leveraged the arts, calling attention to the rainforests of the ocean!