Reading interviews of persons experienced in particular fields or life events help readers not only to learn about those admirable personalities but also to sense the historic moments.
A well-organised humane description of interviews or conversations has always been considered a worthy item for soul-searching learners, said writer Khalid Maruf, also a Bangla Academy officer.
Readers can easily associate themselves with the views of the interviewed persons, dead or alive, Khalid said.
In the Amar Ekushey Book Fair this year, Comrade Rupok Chakma Memorial Trust has published Kaptai Dam-Bor-Porong, a collection of interviews of 20 victims of the Kaptai Hydroelectric project in Rangamati.
Samari Chakma conducted the interviews of the victims who described their plights after being evicted from their ancestral land. Ten interviewed persons are no more today.
Abosor Prakashana Sangstha has published Harishankar Jaladas-er Antorongokotha by Mohi Muhammad. Harishankar is a prominent Dalit writer and winner of Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroskar.
Subarno has published Agnigorbho Somoyer Songlap: Bhasani o Bangabandhu Mukhomukhi. Journalist Fazle Lohani conducted the Interviews of the two political veterans during the post-Independence period. Pias Majid has edited the book.
Yukta has published Kothar Ghorbari, interviews of 18 prominent cultural personalities, including Alokranjan Dasgupta, Shangkha Gosh, Badal Sircar and Ferdousi Priyabhashini.
Shrabon Prakashani has brought out Tar Aalo Tar Chaya, a collection of interviews of famous photojournalist Nasir Ali Mamun, conducted by Munem Wasif.
Jyoti-published Humayun Kothon, a collection of interviews with the versatile writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, was still in high demand though the title was first published four years back, said publisher Majedul Hasan. Journalist Dipan Nandy edited the book.
On the 10th day of the month-long fair on Saturday, huge crowds of visitors were witnessed for the second consecutive day.
Academic and Creative Publishers’ Association of Bangladesh president and Anyprakash publisher Mazharul Islam told New Age that the fair had found life since Friday. He hoped that it would remain vibrant till its end.
On Saturday, 225 new titles hit the stalls with 49 titles of poems leading the tally, followed by 45 novels and 41 books of short stories.
In the children’s hours, separate contests on music, general knowledge and instant speechmaking were held on Bangla Academy premises, where more than 400 children participated. Results of the competitions would be published next week.
A discussion was held at Mela Mancha commemorating Rabi Guha, Munier Chowdhury and Sardar Fazlul Karim. Sanjida Khatun chaired the discussion.
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