Publishing houses in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair have added creative and spectacular design features to their stands to catch the visitors’ eyes.
Although the fair premises were yet to get a well-decorated look on the third day on Saturday, some prominent publishing houses have given their stalls ‘unique’ looks inspired by specific ideas and objectives to attract and engage visitors of different age groups.
The stall designs had been prepared by the country’s prominent artists and architects, several publishers told New Age.
Kathaprakash has decorated its pavilion giving it a natural ambience with wooden structures and live orchid plants. Pavements surrounding the pavilion have been covered with green carpets.
The concept of the decoration came from designer Sabyasachi Hazra who told New Age that Kathaparakash publisher had wanted his pavilion to look like paying tributes to the memories of naturalist Dwijen Sharma.
Artist Rajib Roy designed the pavilion of Panjeree Publication giving it the look of a giant library.
He said that the idea was developed to give the feeling to the booklovers as if they were flipping book pages inside a library.
Nymphea Publication’s two-unit stall drew many visitors’ attraction for its use of traditional rickshaw painting.
Sabyasachi developed the concept and famous rickshaw painter Prashanta Kumar Das decorated the stall, said Shimul Kibria, assistant communication manager of the publishing house.
Tamralipi publisher AKM Tariqul Islam and his wife Tasnuva Adiba designed the publishing house’s tin-shed pavilion.
Tariqul said that the pavilion would give visitors and Tamralipi staff the feeling of being in their own house during the month-long book fair.
Stalls of Anyaprakash designed by artist Masum Rahman, Sangbed by architect Sayed Khandokar, Baatighar by artist Shahinur Rahman and University Press Limited by Taufiqur Rahman Khan, among others, drew popular admirations for their design features.
Young visitors accompanied by friends were seen taking selfies with cell phones in front of these stalls.
Each year, Bangla Academy confers Shilpi Qayyum Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar to the best publishing houses for their creative decoration of stalls.
On the third day, 120 new titles hit the fair’s stalls with 26 collection of poetry leading the tally followed by 19 novels, 13 essays and 11 short stories.
Professor Hashem Khan unveiled the cover of Rang Tulite Chhopchhap, a drawing book for children. Sabyasachi Hazra authored the book published by Kathaprakash.
Today, a discussion on Liberation War martyr Ranadaprasad Saha will be held on Bangla Academy premises.
Meanwhile, a number of university friends and family members of Sikdar Kachi Kabir joined the cover unveiling event of the expatriate writer’s second novel Antohin published by Boipoka.
The book launch was held at Business Studies faculty on Dhaka University campus.
Addressing the guests, Sikdar said that in the novel, he has depicted socio-political issues experienced by the lower-middle income people of the country.
Sikdar’s novel is available at the Suchipatra stall.
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