EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR

Pictorial books telling stories with images draw crowds

Sadiqur Rahman | Published: 01:26, Feb 18,2018

 
 

Guests and participants pose for a photograph at the launch of a graphic novel on Sheikh Mujib’s autobiography at Amar Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Pictorial books narrating visually the stories of the country’s people, their cultural heritage, art, environment and historical events have been drawing visitors’ attention at Amar Ekushey Book Fair.
The visitors who are interested merely in photography or documenting history through visual representations have often bought the comparatively expensive pictorial books, some even making short their favourite list for this year’s fair.
A young architect, Simanto Goswami was seen flipping pictorial books on display at Journeyman Books stall on Suhrawardy Udyan premises on Saturday.
This year, the publishing house has brought out Unish Shataker Purbabanga: Sei Sab Manush, a pictorial history title edited by Muntassir Mamoon. In recent past, Muntassir’s two pictorial history books, Hariye Jaoa Desh and Dhakar Khal, were also on the stall’s display.
Simanto said that he had searched for the pictorials to learn about ancient architectures of the country.


Yukta has published Let’s Break the Silence, a pictorial book by young photographer Joya Kareem portraying lives of special children facing physical and mental challenges.
Joya had been conducting research for two years on special children who were often neglected due to social taboos.
‘I have tried to depict the joyous moments of the children so that my work can contribute to social change,’ she told New Age.
Nymphea Publication has published Bangladesh, a pictorial with narrations on Bangladesh’s history, art, architecture, music, sports, clothing, food, nature and economy.
The pictorial contains photos by 28 prominent photographers. Anisuzzaman, Syed Manzoorul Islam and Ziaul Karim edited the title.
Saleh Rabbi Jyoti, research team member for the title, said that the title would be a compendium for the people interested in learning about Bangladesh.
On Saturday, pictorial book Bhasha Sangram o Bangabandhu was unveiled on Suhrawardy Udyan premises. The title is edited by Mohammad A Arafat and Tariq Hassan Shomi of Suchinta Foundation and is available at Jatiya Grantha Kendra and Murdhanya.
Among the pictorial books published in the recent past, Nasir Ali Mamun’s Humayun Ahmed: Ananta Jibon Jodi, published by Anyaprakash; Nazneen Haque Mimi’s Homes of Bangladesh; published by Journeyman Books; Shahdat Parvez’ Shotoborsher Pothik, published by Oitijjhya; Enam Al Haque’s Feathered Splendours: Birds of Bangladesh, published by University Press Limited; and Bulbul Ahmed edited Buddhist Heritage of Bangladesh, published by Nymphea Publication, were still well appreciated, according to stall attendants.
On the 17th day of the fair, 221 new titles hit the bookstalls with 83 collections of poems leading the tally.
Today at Mela Mancha, Bangla Academy will hold a discussion on historian AF Salahuddin Ahmed, academic Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury and sociologist Abul Khair Nazmul Karim.

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