Huge Spike in Visitors Towards the End. It’s Over.

Update: The 2011 Darsana Book fair will be held from 28th January – 06th February at Thirunakkara Grounds.

26th Kottayam International Book Fair came to a close today evening after 10 glorious days of smooth running. It was a joy, celebrating it over here at KP. All our Book Fair posts are tagged “bookfair09“, which now serves as a report cum photo feature of the biggest annual event of Kottayam.

Next year, we plan on initiating something that will provide more stats, numbers and facts about the event.
Photos during the final hours.



Sad, but yes, it’ll take another year to experience this again.

Interesting Book Covers and Packages [from the Book Fair]

Update: The 2011 Darsana Book fair will be held from 28th January – 06th February at Thirunakkara Grounds.

The quality of book printing & publishing is soaring heights and is getting so fine that even browsing through book covers is such a pleasure. We had some great time browsing through the sea of awesome books on display at the DC Books + Current Books stall (the left-most pavilion).

This is where you’ll find international bestsellers. A lot of them. And loads of foreign books. Here goes the picks.








‘Sixth Sense’ at Nagampadom

UPDATE: The event went perfectly fine. Thanks to everyone for their support and motivation.

This evening we’re presenting ‘The Sixth Sense’ featuring the demos of the great ‘SixthSense’ invention by Pranav Mistry & Pattie Maes.

Here’s the invitation

In case you can’t make it to the event, you’re NOT in a big loss. The videos we screen are two among the numerous awesome TED Talks that are freely available. Here are the links.

  1. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense
  2. Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

Bonus: TED is something so great and we urge you not to miss this, this, and this

Book Fair Nearing the Peak

Update: The 2011 Darsana Book fair will be held from 28th January – 06th February at Thirunakkara Grounds.

As in all these years, the sooner it’s going to end, the greater the number turns out. With 5 days remaining, there is a steady rise in the numbers. A trend we observed – the numbers are not quite high during the daytime, but the rush in the evenings makes up for it with families flocking in. Obviously, sales too have registered a rise.

This year’s single-pavilion arrangement and efficient stall design, are worth appreciating. Apart from contributing to the niceness of the venue, it also ensures, every participant is given equal prominence.



Book Fair Programme Highlights

Update: The 2011 Darsana Book fair will be held from 28th January – 06th February at Thirunakkara Grounds.

Starting today, it’s festive mood at Kottayam for 10 days. The stage at the Book Fair venue will see a variety of cultural programmes all through the 10 days. This in fact, is what makes the Kottayam Book Fair stand out from other book fairs all over. You may download the full programme sheet. Given below are a few highlights.

27th

2 pm – Inauguration: Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan
6 pm – Folk Songs

28th

10 am – Elocution, Recitation competition
11 am – inauguration of Aksharam, Achadi, Arivu exhibition (highly recommended)
5.30 pm – Kadathanattu Madavi Amma Retrospective
7 pm – Bhaavanadanam (Documentary)

29th

11 am – Balamaniyamma Retrospective
7 pm – Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kuchuppudi

30th

10.30 am – Seminar on Script-Writing
5.30 pm – Cultural Meeting
7.00 pm – Gitanjali recitation

1st Dec

10 am – Seminar on Higher Education
4 pm – Educational Seminar
7 pm – Magic Show (Master Richin Kuzhikkadu)

2nd

10.30 am – Debate on Literary Criticism in Malayalam
5.30 pm – Kaviyarangu
7 pm – “The Sixth Sense” – A demo video of the invention by Mr. Pranav Mistry, linking physical and the digital worlds. (yes, our show!)

3rd

11 am – Lalithambika Antharjanam Retrospective
7 pm – Violin Fusion

4th

10.30 am – Media Seminar
3 pm – Inter-school Debate Competition
5.30 pm – Senior Citizens Meet

5th

10 am – District Development Seminar
7 pm – Kottayam (Documentary)

6th (final day)

4.30 pm – Valedictory Function

Book Fair Round the Corner. And is Packed With Great Stuff.

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