West Bengal Book Fair Nababarsho Boi Utsav dates venue timing publishers & booksellers guild international kolkata book fair

‘Nababarsho’ book fair to be held in Kolkata in April: Dates, venue, and other details you need to know

West Bengal Book Fair: A book fair – Nababarsho Boi Utsav – is scheduled to be held in Kolkata this month. The event will be organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which also holds the annual International Kolkata Book Fair. The book fair will be held to mark ‘Nababarsho’ or Bengali New Year, organisers said on Thursday.

This is the 2nd edition of the Nababarsho Boi Utsav and approximately 75 well-known publishers will take part in it. The first event was held in February 2021.

West Bengal Book Fair: Nababarsho Boi Utsav Date

The book fair, Nababarsho Boi Utsav, will be held in Kolkata from April 16-25.

West Bengal Book Fair: Nababarsho Boi Utsav Venue

The book fair will be held at the Jodhpur Park area in the city.

“During the previous edition, the book fair did not attract crowds as the COVID pandemic was raging and curbs were in place. However, this time we hope for a better response, especially from residents of south Kolkata,” the guild’s general secretary Tridib Chatterjee told PTI.

He said the organisers also hope for increased sales as compared to less than Rs 1 crore in the previous edition in 2021.

“We want to revive the tradition of gifting books on special occasions such as marriage, birthday, college farewell and ‘Nababorsho’. As part of the guild’s initiative to promote book purchasing and reading, we are organising such ‘mini book fairs’ across the state,” he said.

Panel discussions and seminars on contemporary issues and world literature will also be held at the event.

Books worth Rs 25.50 crore were sold during the last edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair, held from January 31 to February 12 this year, with around 26 lakh people visiting around 900 stalls.

The ‘Nababarsho Boi Utsav’ will enable many people of south Kolkata, who could not frequent the International Kolkata Book Fair, held in Central Park in Salt Lake – which is around 15 km away in the northern part, to pick up their favourite titles, he added.

(With PTI Inputs)

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