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This year, the nine-day fair hosts around 30 countries, with “The Cultural Heritage of India” as its theme and China as its guest of honour country.

New Delhi, World Book Fair, book fair Pragati Maidan, book fair, NBT, National Book Trust, Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, ITPO, books, book fairs, indian express news From the New Delhi World Book Fair held in 2015

THE MERCURY may not have dipped as much in the Capital despite January known to be the coldest month of the year, but its cultural calendar is brimming with activities still. The year begins with the annual New Delhi World Book Fair. Held at Pragati Maidan, the book fair, organised by the National Book Trust in association with the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, has been advanced by a month this year, beginning from January 9 up till January 17. This year, the nine-day fair hosts around 30 countries, with “The Cultural Heritage of India” as its theme and China as its guest of honour country.

“We have preponed the dates of the fair because of numerous complaints about students not being able to participate due to exams,” says Rita Chowdhury, Director of the book fair. “A first for the festival, however, is the ‘Navlekhan’ programme, which has been established to encourage young writers, who write in different regional languages from across the country. We will be publishing an anthology of short stories as well as individual books,” adds Chowdhury.

Corresponding to the theme of the festival, the focus remains on Indian languages, with over 1,000 regional books in the theme pavilion. The children’s pavilion, at the same time, remains one of the most popular one, with its vibrantly displayed facade along with a plethora of activities such as interactions and exhibitions to puppet shows, dance performances and magic shows among others. Several panel discussions will also take place simultaneously. From a symposiums on sufism, ghazals and storytelling to marketing of books and copyright awareness, the segment also includes book releases and discussions by organisations such as Directorate of Hindi Medium and Authors Guild of India.

Additionally, there are exhibitors from across the world. Apart from the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and UAE) to Europe (Poland, France and Spain), there is ample representation from the subcontinent as well, with stalls from Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Others include China, Indonesia, Mauritius, Egypt, Singapore and the US.

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Tickets are priced at Rs 20 and will be sold from 9 am to 5 pm at 47 Delhi metro stations from January 9-17

First published on: 08-01-2016 at 12:05:23 am
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