We Are the Dancing Forest (English)

Author : Raj Shekhar
Illustrator : Venkat Shyam

translator Devashish Makhija   design Nina Sabnani


We are tall tumbling trees
We are berries in the breeze
We are tigers, we are hares
We are rumbling rolling bears…

The rhythm of the verse draws us beat by beat into a forest, lush and alive. But who are the ‘we’, so steeped in every part of it? Words and pictures sing together in this light and glorious ode to nature and those who live among it.

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Age 5+
Specifications 24 pages, 10.5” x 9.5”, full colour, soft cover
Translator Devashish Makhija
ISBN 978-93-90834-71-6
First Published 2022
Tags forest, nature, folk song, adivasi song, Gond art

Inspired by an adivasi song from Telangana, this taps right into the instincts of children – fun with words and rhythm, and a yet unspoilt ability to be aware of the connectedness of the natural world. Venkat Shyam’s Gond folk style arises from the same ethos. His stunning art comes together with Nina Sabnani’s fine design aesthetic to create a spectacular creative web of its own, visually reflecting the belief of the first dwellers that we are the forest and the forest is us.