Kolkata Festival –Book fair for all Bookworm
Kolkata book fair started its journey as Calcutta Book fair since 1972. It is officially known as Kolkata Pustakmela or Kolkata Boimela. It is organized in the month of January every year. It is the Asia’s largest non-trade book fair and is attended by many people from India and sometimes from all over the world. It is the 3rd largest annual conglomeration of books in the world after Frankfurt and London Book fair. Many Kolkata residents considered this as the important festivals related to other cultural festivals. Residents of this place ensure that they do not miss this event at any cost. They think that this festival or event is pride of Kolkata and all those book lovers across the country.
Popularity of Book Fair of Kolkata
The book fair is organized with a total footfall of more than 2 million people. The popularity of this event has expanded its book fair in different part of the cities such as Siliguri and West Bengal. The Kolkata festival of book fair was nominated as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book fair in the year 2006. This event has celebrated literature, theatre, limericks and songs across the city.
Venue of Kolkata Book fair
The Book fair used to be organized at the Kolkata’s large urban park. Later the venue was shifted in 2009 to “Milan Mela” near science centre. The people associated with the book fair that is the organizers ensure that there are no difficulties for the people when attending this event. The Kolkata book festival has achieved great popularity and hence they are expanding their event every year.
Book Fair Organizers
Most of the books in the fair have book stall that have Bengali and English books. Dey’s publishing, Ananda Publishers, Mitra Ghosh publishers and Deb Sahitya Kutir, Pratibhas, Sishu Sahitya Samsad, Punashcha, Saraswati, Maonal book house, Tuli Kalam, Penguin India, are among the top bookstalls that are organized at the event. Every year the organizers arranged themes. There are even bookstalls that sell and display the British Council, Alliance Franchise and United States Information. The American, Indian, European Union, several Latin and Bangladesh embassies also hold different stalls at the event.
The Kolkata book festival is celebrated on large platform to keep alive the reading of books among general public. Every year the committee decide a theme for the book festival. So if you simply love the books then do not miss chance to visit this festival.
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