New Delhi January 03: Here comes a piece of good news from the beginning of the New Year for people who love reading books as the 28th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) will open at the Pragati Maidan on Saturday.
Based on the theme ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’, the book fair will host over 600 exhibitors. The speciality of the fair this time is that it marks Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary this year. The book fair is being organised by National Book Trust in collaboration with the ITPO.
Talking about the specialities of the Book Fair, NBT Chairman Govind Prasad Sharma told a news agency that the fair would highlight the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his influence on writers of all ages.
“The theme is an attempt to give booklovers a glimpse of how Mahatma Gandhi, a great strategic communicator, inspired and influenced generations of writers and how the writers understood and emulated Gandhiji in words,” he said.
To add Gandhian flavour to the fair, there will be an exclusive exhibition of 500 books of 100 publishers on and by Gandhi in different Indian languages. And moreover, there will be 30 panel discussions, book launches and performances related to the theme.
600 exhibitors in different languages
The biggest highlight of the fair this year is that over 600 exhibitors in different languages including Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Maithili, Malayalam, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu will exhibit their books in over 1300 stalls at the Fair.
Apart from book selling, a number of literary and cultural activities including seminars, book release functions, and panel discussions will be held during the fair.
Apart from Indian publishers, the fair will witness participation from about 20 foreign countries including China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, the UAE, the UK, and the US.