A 13-day book fair, titled ‘Chaitrey Boi Utsab’, featuring 10 publication houses began on Bangladesh National Museum premises on Saturday.
Leading publication houses namely Adorn Publication, The University Press Limited, Ikrimikri, Utsa Prakashan, Kotha Prokash, Bengal Publications, Sandesh and Maula Brothers have organised the book fair, which has been organised regularly since 2009.
This year’s fair features books of different genres like science fiction, mystery, philosophy, romance, thriller and others by leading and upcoming writers.
Acclaimed artist Hashem Khan, also chairman of trustee board of Bangladesh National Museum, inaugurated the book fair as the chief guest.
Director general of Bangladesh National Museum Md Reaz Ahmed and poet Mohammad Nurul Huda were present as special guests at the inaugural ceremony.
‘Without reading books, one cannot gain knowledge. Book fairs can play an important role in making the younger generation interested in books,’ said Hashem Khan.
Lyricist Shahidullah Farazi, writer Anisul Haque and activist-columnist Syed Abul Maksud, among others, spoke at the event.
‘Such small-scale book fairs are more popular in rural areas. I hope the fair will attract a large number of book lovers,’ said Syed Abul Maksud.
‘Books are our best companions. A book can give a reader a glimpse into historical events, foreign culture and more. I urge the younger generation to read diverse books alongside text books,’ said Shahidullah Farazi.
‘I congratulate the publication houses who have organised the book fair. Such fairs provide necessary platforms to upcoming writers,’ said Mohammad Nurul Huda.
‘We have been organising the fair since 2009. We are offering special discount for all books,’ Syed Jakir Hossain, coordinator of the book fair, told New Age.
Besides books, the event is featuring literary discussion, recitation and others.
The book fair will end on April 11.
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