India has always been a land of storytellers. “Katha” or the narrative is a valued heritage that has moved from oral traditions to written texts, from the heard word to the read word. Today, in times so influenced by software and multimedia, Katha strives to keep our great storytelling traditions alive by publishing culturally distinctive children’s literature.

Started in 1989 Katha has been recognized and awarded for its efforts worldwide. Katha’s children’s publishing programme boosts reading initiatives with stories that have been explored in-depth for their effect on impressionable young minds. Our books introduce children to the diverse regional influences of our own country as well as to international bestsellers for different age groups. All our books are published both in English and Hindi, to provide a boost to a child’s vocabulary and imagination. Katha therefore, has been awarded many accolades for its work in the decades of its service:

  • Winner of Promising Practices Award 2015 for Katha’s innovative Story Pedagogy for all grade levels.
  • Katha’s Founder & President Geeta Dharmarajan was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri in by the Government of India awarded her 2012, for her extensive and inspiring work in the area of children’s publishing and pedagogy
5 times nominated for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016!
Winner of Millennium Alliance Award 2013 for our innovative I Love Reading programme.
Winner of ICICI India Inclusive Award 2012.
  • NGO Transparency Award 2016 by GuideStar India.
  • Promising Practices Award 2015 for Katha’s innovative Story Pedagogy for all grade levels.
  • Nominated five times for the world’s most coveted award in children’s literature – Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!
  • Millennium Alliance Award 2013 for our innovative I Love Reading programme, by USAID and Government of India.
  • ICICI India Inclusive Award 2012, by the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth.
  • North India Winner of India NGO Awards for Quality Work, Accountability and Transparency 2009, by Rockefeller Foundation and Resource Alliance, UK.
  • NASDAQ Stock Market Education Award 2002.
  • The Social Enterprise Laboratory Award in 2002, by Digital Partners. Digital Partner’ Social Enterprise Laboratory Selection Committee chose Katha as “one of only 10 winners of Digital Partners’ Most Promising Social Enterprise for 2002 Award. This Award is given out in collaboration with the Indo-US Knowledge Trade Initiative to the most promising projects that are utilizing the digital economy to empower the poor.”
  • Finalist for The Stockholm Challenge Award 2002, an innovative award programme for innovative use of IT.

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