The much awaited nine-day New Delhi World Book Fair began Saturday at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Manushi’, which will focus on writings on and by women. The theme pavilion will be inaugurated on Tuesday by Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. But, the 44th edition of the book fair was inaugurated during the early hours on 7th January by the Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Mahendra Nath Pandey.
The nine-day event scheduled from January 7-15 is aimed to lay emphasis over the rich Indian heritage which will be depicted via music and dance performances. Somewhere around 1,500 participants from across India are expected to host it, including over 50 foreign exhibitors. Keeping in mind this year’s theme, the fair will witness participation of nearly 800 publishers from across the country and abroad who will exhibit the rich tradition of women writings from ancient times till present. Besides, books on different genres like fiction, poetry, social science, and children’s literature will form the main ingredients of the exhibition.
The New Delhi World Book Fair has been organized every year for the past 44 years by the National Book Trust, India, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in an effort to promote books and the culture of reading in the country. This year, the National Book Trust is celebrating 60 years of its foundation, therefore, it will showcase its journey in promoting books and reading at a special exhibit called ‘This is no looking back’. The exhibit will display the varied activities that the NBT has undertaken in promoting books including organizing book fairs.
More than 2,500 stalls will showcase books and reading material in Hindi, English and other Indian languages for all age groups, on a wide range of subjects and genre. In the foreign pavilion, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan and Iran, are participating in the Foreign Pavilion. In the fair itself, a number of activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions, and workshops on creative writing will be organized at the Children’s Pavilion.
The highlight of the fair will be on January 10 when publishers from India, Germany and France will talk about markets, trends and collaborations in a session and will showcase their book market scenario at the event.
The Embassy of France, in association with its cultural wing, Institut Francais India has created the Publication Assistance Programme — PAP Tagore, whose aim is to support publication projects from French to all Indian languages. Noting that this year will also mark the launch of Bonjour India, the richness of Indian and French intellection will be celebrated as the festival will act as a catalyst for Indo-French cooperation, from November 2017 to February 2018.