Deepa Balsavar received the Big Little Book Award, illustrator category, in 2021. She was born in Mumbai and grew up loving animals and books and drawing. She wanted to become a vet but went to art college instead. She decided that if she couldn’t treat animals, she would write and draw stories about them, and about people and the world.


Poetry and Art

Art and Stories in Many Mediums

Deepa’s craft lies in creating art with multiple mediums. From illustrating on paper, to papier mâché and clay, sometimes using pieces of fabric and paper cuts too. And how beautifully they come alive; they connect and have their own story to tell. She loves animals, trees and humans. Deepa is a reader and a writer too, and a fascinating storyteller. Many mediums embody diversity in art and stories which makes Deepa’s work special. This photo story captures the elements that make her craft rich, deep and beautiful.

Library Educator’s Course

LEC Hindi is open to all educators and intended for teachers, school librarians, development sector professionals, and literacy and language educators and in fact for every one working with children and books with the desire to spread the joy and culture of reading. The LEC offers a unique opportunity to strengthen understanding and academic thinking linked to practice in a well-designed, highly charged environment with some of the best library practitioners in the field.

The course comprises three contact sessions in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. LEC hindi has successfully completed seven batches. More than two hundred library educators and teachers from 43 organisations across 19 states have participated in the course.

Participation on moodle during distance mode, completion of assignments and field projects are graded. For more information, please go through the course prospectus.

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An annual award that recognizes and honours original and significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian languages.


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How do illustrators train? What happens during the course of a contact week at the Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators? This photo essay takes a sneak peek into the various aspects of the course.