Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - Book fair became a grand meeting place for hundreds of people on Tuesday as they sieged the opportunity to celebrate Pahela Falgun, the first day of the spring while buying and flipping through new books in one go.
A huge crowd gathered in the month-long Ekushey book fair today.
The book fair remained open from 11 am and scheduled to close at 9 pm with 1590 new books hitting the fair till 12th day.
UNB talked to writers, publishers and visitors who came to visit and buy the books.
Since the beginning, long queues built up in front of every entry point like any weekend days. Most of the visitors were young people and teenagers donning colorful dresses.
The salesmen of different book stores were found extremely busy as they were struggling to manage the huge crowd on the occasion.
Readers were found buying poetry books in great numbers. Sellers said books on science fiction and novel are on high demands too.
Travelogue writer Shakoor Majid told UNB that he had visited the fair today particularly to celebrate the Pahela Falgun as well. “In the presence of so many digital devices, we will miss the traditional way of writing. I still feel comfortable to write traditionally than digitally.” He said.
There is also a lack of depth in many of present day writtings, he deplored.
Moushumi Akter, a student of Jagannath University was seen visiting the book fair along with a group of friends wearing festive attires.
Moushumi said “February is a month of emotion for the people of the country. In one hand we have our traditional festival Pahela Falgun, on the other hand we have 21 February, the International Mother Language Day.”
“Both of the days have a connection with our emotion,” she said adding that, while visiting the Dhaka University campus with friends to celebrate the occasion, they came to the fair to pay a visit.”
A discussion programme on ‘Safe environment and surrounding for the women’ was held with Khushi Kabir presenting the keynote speech at fair venue today. Sultana Kamal, Hosne Ara, Subhash Shingha Roy, and Nurunnahar discussed the event with Ayesha Khanom in the chair.
Besides, a discussion ‘Inactiveness of the children Organisation and cultural evolution of the children’ was held at 4pm in the main stage with Mohit Kamal presenting the keynote speech. Subrata Borua, Hasan Shahriar and Dilara Hafiz took part in the discussion with Hashem Khan in the chair.
Regular seminars are being arranged at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from February 2 to 28 followed by cultural events.
In recent years, the venue of the fair has been expanded to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.
The authorities have allotted a total of 719 units - 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisations and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.
There are strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
A newly launched website and apps provide the information about the fair while publishers from across the country are exhibiting a huge number of books on different issues. Bangla Academy is exhibiting some 141 newly printed and reprinted books.
Awards in different categories will be handed over to the publishing houses on the closing day of the book fair.