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It is a unique book fair in the sense of not being a trade fair —the book fair is primarily for the general public rather than whole-sale distributors. It is the world's largest non-trade book fair, Asia 's largest book fair and the most attended book fair. Many Kolkatans consider the book fair an inherent part of Kolkata, and instances of people visiting the fair every day during its duration are not uncommon.
The fair offers a typical fairground experience with a book flavour—with picnickers, singer-songwriters, and candy floss vendors. With a total footfall of over 2 million people, it is world's largest book fair by attendance. The book fair was started on a small scale in by the Kolkata Publishers and Booksellers Guild.
Kolkata Book Fair
The book fair was started to meet the growing public demand for books, and a relative lack of bookshops. Even though the country now has several large bookshops like LandmarkStarmarkCrossword Bookstoresand The Oxford Bookstorein addition to the book shop district of College Streetthe tradition persists and Calcutta Book Fair is growing every year. The 44th International Kolkata Book fair started on 29 January and ended on 9th February It was to be around a week-long event but popular demand forced authorities to extend the duration.
Even though there is usually an extended holiday in Calcutta during the period of 23 January Subhas Chandra Bose 's birthday to 26 January Republic Day of Indiathe fair is held at the beginning of February to overlap with the payday of most Kolkatans. The fair typically overlaps with the Hindu festival of Saraswati Puja.
Saraswati is the Goddess of Learning, and hence many Hindu households observe the day by worshiping books on that day and not touching books for any other purpose. This practice causes a lower footfall on the corresponding day in the book fair. The initial apprehension about reduced attendance at the new site has been proven wrong.
Millions visited the book fair in The fair used to be held on the MaidanKolkata's large urban park. It was being held at the Park Street end of the Maidan, due to a better road and rail network, having moved there from the other end of Maidan in While this was initially a rival commercial venture, the unprecedented growth of the 'Kolkata Book Fair' caused the Government of West Bengal to merge the two book fairs in Conservation problems for the Victoria Memorial include high dust pollution, which is often accentuated by public fairs on the Maidan.
The Kolkata High Court 's decision to move all public fairs to the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass has not been greeted with enthusiasm by fair organizers due to the present location being in the heart of Kolkata, and being very well serviced by public transport.
The book fair and a few other fairs, however, were granted special permission by the Kolkata High Court to continue holding the fair on the Maidan in and However, the choice of Maidan as the annual venue for the book fair is no longer certain.
A demand for a permanent round-the-year indoor space for the fair, comprising only some of the stalls, had been given by the fair authorities to the Government of West Bengal.
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Buddhadeb Bhattacharyain a statement inhad agreed to this request but no progress has been made on this front. However, many Kolkatans feel that the fair will lose its ambience if it is held indoors or away from the Maidan, which is a vast stretch of green in the heart of the city.
After a yearlong uncertainty, the world's largest non-trade book fair, settled for Park Circus Maidan to host the literary carnival in However, organisers of Asia's biggest book fair remained apprehensive, keeping in mind the disgrace in January when the Kolkata High Court did not allow them to host the fair at the Maidan on environmental grounds.
The Publishers and Booksellers Guild had to shift the most-awaited cultural event to Salt Lake in after the city's green brigade won a legal battle to block the fair at the Maidan.
The owl 'Tito'was adopted as the mascot for the Kolkata Book Fair The book fair was inaugurated by Eminent author from Guatemala Euda Morales. Due to undergoing construction the venue was shifted from Milan Mela ground to Salt lake Central Park. Visitors were allowed from 12 noon to 8pm everyday. According to the an organizer of the event, English books are seen as a status symbol, and are sometimes carried by people who don't even know English.
Sometimes parents will encourage their children to read books in English, rather than their native language. Mamata Banerjeein the presence of Special Guest Ms. The focal theme was Costa Rica.
Mamata Banerjee. Bolivia was the Focal Theme Country in Mamata Banerjee and other dignitaries. The focal theme of the fair is Great Britain. The focal theme of the fair was Peru. The 37th International Kolkata Book Fair was inaugurated on 26 January and stayed operational from 30 January to 10 February The focal theme this year was " Bangladesh ".
Nearly 1. The duration of the Kolkata Book Fair was extended by three days, following a request from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, to help small and medium-sized publishers. The 37th edition of the popular fair started on 26 January in the state capital instead of 29 January and ended on 10 February as scheduled earlier. The fair did a business of over Rs.
Also, Nobel laureates, writers, dramatists and musicians from various countries took part in the Kolkata Literary Meet to mark the centenary of poet-writer Rabindranath Tagore winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in Iconic Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyaywho died in Octoberwas remembered at the event through speeches and an award instituted in his memory.
The 36th International Kolkata Book Fair flagged off on 25 January and was operational till 5 February The focal theme this year was Italy. This year many fire prevention measures were taken, in consideration of recent fire incidents in Kolkata such as the AMRI Hospital tragedy.
On Monday, 30 Januaryin a bizarre move, the Kolkata Book Fair authorities switched off power during an interaction of Pakistan cricketer and politician Imran Khan with the media, claiming that a press meet scheduled to last for five minutes had stretched to nearly 45 minutes. According to TV footage, the Imran's address to the media ended abruptly as the power was switched off. There could have been utter chaos or security problems owing to the action of the Book Fair authorities.
Important personages such as Vikram SethRuskin Bond and Chetan Bhagat literature were scheduled to participate in a day event, as were many writers from abroad.
Kolkata Book Fair has become an integral part of the culture of Bengal since its inception in The 36th Kolkata Book Fair has a number of "firsts" in her bag. After many years, the former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was not part of the event, which is close to his heart. This is the first time that a book fair was inaugurated in the presence of a Woman Chief Minister.
Another novelty was the musical performance at the opening ceremony, while signing the song performed by Kaushiki Desikan and Monali ThakurShantanu Moitra in presence of enthusiastic audience.
A concert with emphasis on the effects of the composition of Rabindra Nath Tagore 's foreign songs provided a melodic end to the program. Bypass, Kolkata. Almost 1.
This year, on the occasion of the th birth anniversary of the Nobel Laureate immortal poet Rabindranath Tagore to whose memory the Fair had been dedicated, there was no entry fee for the visitors.
Each and every booklover visiting the fair was gifted a pocket calendar with a photograph of Rabindranath Tagore as a memento.
Over 1. This was the first time that the Little Magazine Publishers in Little Magazine enclave had been given space at a prime position in the fairground free of cost.
Another first was the solar lighting on the fairground. Solar battery operated vehicles were provided for the benefit of the aged and the disabled visitors to the fair.
Separate zones set up for the convenience of the discerning readers included religious literature zones, universities and educational institution zones, and Hindi and neighbouring literature zones. Celebrities from the fields of cinema, music, dance, drama, painting and literature spoke about the influence of the poet in their lives. A three-dimensional laser show hosted by USA was held each evening in the Fairground where glimpses of American culture were displayed.
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Bangladesh Complex, 2. Britain, 3. France, 4. Germany, 5. The African Union6. Japan, 7. Spain, 8. Italy, 9. European Union Sweden, Romania Vietnam Apart from the various large and small National and International Book Publishers, the other attractions of the Fair were an IT pavilion, a Little Magazine pavilion, some stalls of local Handicrafts and Arts and also an open area for the Foodies paved with a number of stalls of different delicious food items.
Scotland was selected the focal theme country for the Book Fair. The Kolkata Book Fair is the most awaited annual cultural event of the city of Calcutta. It is Asia's biggest and the world's largest non-trade book fair but there have been controversies regarding the venue of the event. The Publishers and Booksellers' Guild, organizers of the book fair, had to shift the venue from the Maidan to Salt Lake in after environmental activists won a legal battle to stop the event from being held in the city's green area.
The United States was elected as the focal theme country for the Book Fair and was given a pavilion to showcase its books and publishers. Henry V Jardine, the United States Consul General in Kolkata said, "With the United States as the 'Theme Country' this year, the Consulate along with other organizations will work to bring a range of great programs, with prominent authors, artists, and academics.
We will have a full schedule of events throughout the Fair time to highlight the life, cultureliterature and arts of the United States. USEFI has done such an impressive job over the last few years in promoting United States schools and universities that Indian students now represent the largest number of foreign students in the United States.
SPAN Magazinewhich is a popular source of information on the close Indo-US relationship, will also have representatives present and a display to highlight its more fascinating articles about shared Indian and American experiences. Less than 24 hours before its inauguration, the Kolkata High Court banned the 33rd Kolkata Book Fair from being held on the Park Circus Maidan on environmental grounds.
The fair was to be held from 29 January to 10 February.