The month-long ‘Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela’ ended in the capital on Tuesday with a huge turnout of book-lovers and sales, Agencies report. A total of 3646 new books came out during the month-long book fair.
A closing ceremony was held at Bangla Academy premises in the evening where Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended as the chief guest. Member-secretary of the fair’s organising committee Dr Jalal Ahmed, also one of the directors of the academy, presented a report over the book fair during the ceremony.
Bangla Academy earned Tk 1.54 crore by selling books during the fair, excluding the last day, which is Tk 22 lakh more than the previous year, Jalal said. “The amount will touch the record in the history of Bangla Academy,” he added.
The publishers also experienced an upward trend in selling books this year selling a huge amount of books worth Tk 65.40 crore in last 27 days, Jalal said. The closing ceremony session was presided over by Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam.
During the closing ceremony, Asaduzzaman Noor handed over Gunijan Smriti Puraskar 2017 to eight publishing houses under four categories. Every winner received a cheque of Tk 25000, a crest and a certificate.
Journeyman Books got the Chittaranjan Saha Smriti Puraskar for the publication of a good number of quality books in the book fair.
Three publishing houses won the Munier Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar—Prothoma publications for the book titled ‘Desh Sera Jagat Sera’ written by Rafiqun Nabi, Mowla Brothers for the book titled ‘Sangbadikota Amar Cameray’ written by Pavel Rahman and Puthiniloy for the book titled ‘Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy’.
The Rokonuzzaman Khan Dadabhai Smriti Puraskar was awarded to Chandrabati Academy for publishing excellent books for kids. Batighar Prokashon, Songbedh and Panjeree Publications Ltd got the Qaiyyum Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar for the best interior design of their stalls.
Two persons were awarded ‘Syed Waliullah Literary Award’ presented by Bangla Academy. Each got a cheque of Tk 50000, a crest and a certificate. A seminar titled ‘Bohuttobadhi Somaj and folklore’ was held on the closing day of the fair at 4 pm where Syed Jamil Ahmed and Bibi Russel presented as discussants. Firoz Mahmud presided over the seminar session.
Seminars on different topics at the main stage of the fair were held at 4pm every day from February 5 to February 28. A total of 23 essays were presented in 23 days while some 60 experts discussed and 23 poets, intellectuals presided over the discussion session.
Cultural programmes with the participation of 138 artists from 20 troupes were held at the fair every day. Like the previous year, the venue of the fair was extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.
The authorities allotted a total of 663 units – 114 at the Bangla Academy ground to 80 organizations and 549 at Suhrawardy Udyan to 329 organisations.
Besides, 15 pavilions were allocated for 14 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy. There were strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
from seven countries participated in the conference.