Kolkata: The seventh edition of the Bangladesh Book Fair will start from Wednesday at Mohor Kunja.
The 9-day fair is organised by Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.
The Kolkata edition of Bangladesh Book Fair was started in the city first time in 2011. This year, there will be around 44 book stalls at the fair and many of the prominent publishers from Bangladesh will put up their stalls there.
Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh is expected to inaugurate the book fair.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Tridib Chatterjee, general secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers' Guild of Kolkata have consented to attendant the event.
This year the venue of the book fair has shifted to Mohor Kunja from Rabindra Sadan. The fair will run from 2 pm to 8 pm on weekdays but in case of Saturday and Sunday it will continue till 9 pm.
A senior official of the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata during a press conference said that such cultural fairs will initiate a good bonding between India and Bangladesh because academics and knowledge-sharing are essential for any kind of proper development.
One of organisers said that the books on varied subjects will be available in the fair starting from linguistics, literature, history, science and anthropology and so on.
These books are written by Bangladeshi authors and published in Bangladesh.
According to the organiser the famous publishing houses of Bangladesh like Agami Prakashani, Samay Prakashani, Ananya Prakashani, Sabda Shaili, Bangla Prakashana, Ahmed Publishing House, University Press Ltd will put up their stalls here in the fair.
The fair will also host cultural events, including programmes highlighting Bangladeshi folk traditions. The cultural programmes will be held at the book fair in every evening where artists from both the countries will be participating.