Update: The 2011 Darsana Book fair will be held from 28th January – 06th February at Thirunakkara Grounds.
With 60 hours to the launch, preparations are scaling high at Nagampadom Maidan. Bare structures of pavilions & stages are setup and the 10-day programme schedule is finalized. Publicity efforts are in full swing with banners and hoardings all over the town and suburbs.
This year, it’s a many-in-one event. An Educational exhibition lasting 5 days from the opening day (27th November till 1st December) and an exhibition on Malayalam Printing & Publishing lasting 8 days (28th November till 5th December) are arranged. The educational fair will see a large number of professional institutions as the participants. And the Printing & Publishing exhibition titled “Aksharam, Achadi, Arivu” is done jointly by Darsana Cultural Centre and Dept. of Publications, M.G. University.
Early responses assure the organizers a grand success. Schools and Colleges have expressed immense interest. And the Media is already abuzz with the event.
The fair will be inaugurated by the legendary film-maker, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The inaugural ceremony will start by 2pm on 27th November (Friday).
More programme highlights to follow. Watch our special tag – bookfair09
27th November – 6th December; it’s the 26th edition of Kottayam’s mega event : The Kottayam International Book Fair organized by Darsana Cultural Centre at Municipal Grounds, Nagampadom. Enjoyed by 2lakh+ people, the Kottayam International Book Fair is the oldest and the biggest book exhibition of the State.
- 1985 : 30 Publishers, 1500+ titles, 3000+ visitors
- 2008 : 200+ Publishers, 30k+ titles. 2.25 lacs visitors
As clear from this, all aspects of the book fair have been tremendously progressing edition by edition.
For the 10 fair days, Kottayam will be buzzing with book lovers from all districts of erstwhile Central Travancore. And the 10 awesome days will see all cultural leaders of the state in town, for the numerous programmes/meets as part of the fair.
Book fair, for the people of Kottayam, is not just another commercial fete. For many it’s nostalgic. Since this has been happening here for a long period of 25+ years, it is considered a part of Kottayam’s living and a happy time of the year. And this very emotional attachment with the fair is what makes it stand out and shine amidst the innumerable other events. The characteristic feature of the event is that, in India, it is the book fair visited by the largest number of families.
The charm of the book fair doesn’t die out with the event. It continues and every year, it’s rekindled. And this time, we’re here to celebrate it like never before. This is the first book fair for KP (KottayamPattanam) and we’re getting ready to absorb and reproduce the charm & splendour of the event, to the maximum detail possible.
Coming days will see more posts on the event. All posts about the event will carry the official tag – bookfair09