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