Jal Pore Pata Nore is a monthly children’s magazine. It started it’s journey from January, 2012 and is successfully being published by ICE Media Limited, a SBU of Bengal Foundation. Our endeavor is to nurture and enrich the minds of our children. To help create an exciting and engaging learning environment to aid inculcate reading habits and help overall development of young minds.
We firmly believe children’s participation is more than just asking them for their ideas and views. It’s about listening to them, taking them seriously and turning their ideas and suggestions into reality. It is also about providing them with the ability to influence some of the things that affect them and at the same time helping adults understand children’s issues through their lens.
The magazine provides a platform for young creative minds, to help them develop their thought processes, skills and also share their creativity pursuits; short stories, poems, short essays on travel, paintings and news. Also these young and vivacious minds will be provided with an opportunity to have a say about issues and decisions that affect them, learn new skills, have fun and develop a closer connection to their community. As a result programs and services created for children will better reflect their needs.
Jal Pore Pata Nore is currently the only children’s magazine in the country which is also available in Braille. This initiative is taken so that the children who are visually challenged are not neglected. These Braille copies are distributed for free of cost.
Abul Khair, known to his friends as Litu, graduated from Dhaka University in 1972. An entrepreneur and industrialist, he started business in the early seventies. He is the Chairman of Bengal Group. Khair was the president of Abahoni Sporting Club from 1982-87. He and his partners set up the first private bank in Bangladesh, the AB Bank, in 1981. An art aficionado, he has the country’s largest private collection of paintings.
Rafiqun Nabi, also known as Ranabi, is a renowned artist from Bangladesh best known for his creation Tokai, the longest surviving cartoon character in the country who represented the most deprived people from society. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, in 1964 and went on to pursue his higher education from abroad. Ranabi is known to work with watercolour, woodcut, and oil paint, and has been widely exhibited in Bangladesh and abroad. He later became the first dean of the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, and apart from his successful career as an artist, he also made immense contributions to children’s literature. Ranabi has been the recipient of various honours and awards and is currently the President Secretariat of Jal Pore Pata Nore.
Luva Nahid Choudhury trained as an architect from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1986. After a 10-year stint in government service, she joined Bengal Foundation in 1998 as its director. She is currently the Director-General of Bengal Foundation. Luva is a member of the governing board of BRAC.
Nazia Jabeen is a Bangladeshi writer with a vast experience in working with social activism. She completed her B. Sc in Home Economics from the University of Dhaka in 1986, earned a diploma in a Youth Program organised by Commonwealth Program in India in 1987, was trained by UNICEF as part of the EMDR project in 2008 and completed a writing course at the Local Language Publishing Program, organised by Room to Read, Bangladesh in 2012. Her work has been widely published and three of her books are taught in 4 different schools. Nazia Jabeen is the Founder of Sporsho Braille Publication and is the Advisor to the Editor at Jol Pore Pata Nore.
Abul Hasnat receives Bangla Academy Fellowship 2013. Noted journalist, writer and arts commentator Abul Hasnat has four decades of experience in the newspaper industry. His distinguished career in the Bengali daily, Sangbad, is followed by editorship of the literary monthly Kali O Kalam and the arts quarterly Shilpa O Shilpi. Abul Hasnat is associated with many leading cultural organisations.
Zeenat Chowdhury, Director, International Publications, joined Bengal Foundation in 2011. Before joining the Foundation, she was in Dubai where she taught GCSE O’ Level English Language and Economics and has been in the teaching profession since 1992. Chowdhury brought her knowledge and love for literature and linguistics to actively pursue the promotion of Bangladeshi writers opting to write in English. A culinary aficionado, she runs Lucknow, which offers a unique experience in Awadhi cuisine. Chowdhury is an advocate of innovative thinking and her expertise spans over several different fields, from gastronomy to entertainment. Apart from her duties as the Director of International Publications at Bengal Foundation, she also fulfils other duties as the Managing Director of Bengal Express and the Chairman of Blues Communications.