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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 3 February, 2018 11:43:16 PM
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Fair draws crowd

BSS
Fair draws crowd
Two female visitors browse through book pages at a stall to find out of their favourite ones. This picture was taken from the Suhrawardy Udyan premises in the capital yesterday. Independent photo

The Amar Ekushey Granthamela- 2018 yesterday attracted a large number of visitors as the month-long mega exposition is displaying books of different genres of literature and other areas of knowledge, reports BSS. With huge enthusiasm and curiosity, thousands of visitors of all ages flocked to different stalls and pavilions to find out books of their beloved writers.

The stall attendants were seen busy dealing with the visitors and big smiles flashed on the faces of the publishers as a good number of crowd thronged to different stalls and pavilions. The month-long book fair began on February 1 on the premises of Bangla Academy and its adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.

The number of arrival of new books was recorded at 120 yesterday meaning the total number of new books stood at 175 this year, Bangla Academy sources said. The published books included various genres of literature such as poetry, novel and short story, they added.

With the first two hours from 11am to 2pm dedicated to kids as children's hour, children's presence was impressive in the morning, while the number of visitors of all ages increased as the children's hours ended.

They said the organisers of the fair arranged different programmes including essay writings, painting, discussion and cultural function for children on the occasion of children's hour. Children mainly thronged to different stalls and many of them were seen buying books on fairy tales, ghosts, puzzles, alphabets, cartoons and comics.

Necessary security arrangements have already been made with the installation of 250 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around the Bangla Academy complex. The law enforcers have been deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security.

The book fair will remain open for all from 3pm to 9pm on working days and 11am to 9pm on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till February 28.

Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar.

Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on February 22-23.

A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organisations have been installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet. Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year.

 

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