Composed by Shivani Ramakrishnan
| Chennai |
Released: January 22, 2020 8: 50: 37 pm
The recently-concluded reasonable saw a 20 percent increase in visitors when compared to in 2015. Express Picture: Srinivas K
Following an effective 13- day run, the 43 rd edition of the Chennai Book Fair concluded after Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam led the valedictory function of the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) at YMCA Grounds in Chennai’s Nandanam on Tuesday.
Publishers, who had actually completed 25 years in the industry, were felicitated throughout the closing event.
” We had a 20 per cent increase in the step this year when compared to in 2015, with more than 13 lakh people having actually checked out the Chennai Book Fair from January 9 to 21,” R S Shanmugam, the president of BAPASI informed IndianExpress.com
This year, the reasonable had publishers displaying books covering 12 lakh subjects in near 800 stalls.
” A great deal of people purchased books for children associating with science. Besides kids books, the most desired subjects were agriculture, natural farming, nature, time management and books which were displayed by the Tamil Nadu textbook corporation,” said Shamugam.
Chennai Book Fair, which is popular for regional books, saw readers buying many books in Tamil this year. In spite of dealing with stiff competitors from online reading platforms, the president said that the publishers had offered books worth a massive Rs. 20 crore during the reasonable out of 2 crore books which were shown.
Visitors to the book reasonable were treated to a sand sculpture of Thiruvalluvar which had actually been developed by artist Sudarshan Patnaik. Picture by: BAPASI
” Every year, we publishers have actually observed that women going to the reasonable typically purchase books on subjects such as cooking and appeal. This year, ladies bought books covering history. We have also seen that females constantly acquire books relating to a particular subject throughout the fair,” said the president.
While bibliophiles made a bee-line to the books at different stalls, the highlight of the fair was certainly the exhibit on the current Keeladi excavations. The 3000- square-feet exhibition had actually shown replicas of the Keeladi findings in coordination with the Department of Archaeology.
” Visitors to the fair likewise delighted in the sand sculpture of Thiruvalluvar which had been produced by Sudarshan Patnaik, a sand artist from Orissa,” said Shanmugam. “Eluthalar Mutram (Author’s Corner), achieved success also, with noteworthy authors communicating with visitors throughout the reasonable,” he stated.
Besides books, the Chennai Book Fair had also evaluated documentaries and short films fixated books and social styles at an auditorium within the properties.
The 3000- square-feet exhibit on Keeladi findings was a crowd-puller throughout the 13- day fair. Image by: BAPASI
Bearing in mind the big crowds, BAPASI had kept a number of ATMs, seating locations, portable toilets and drinking water centers at perspective to help deal with the fundamental needs of visitors throughout the reasonable.
While the organisers had headed out of their way to ensure that bibliophiles had an unforgettable time throughout the reasonable, a few visitors to the fair stated that they had a challenging time browsing around the stalls considering that the numbering system had been changed.
” Every year, the fair had actually boards put at each entrance detailing the place of the stalls. This year, there was only one digital board with the information, which proved to be confusing,” stated Santhi, a visitor who has actually been routine to the fair for the past 20 years.
Thangaleela, a schoolteacher who has been visiting the Chennai Book Fair for the past 6 years valued the number of stalls that had been put up for kids this year. “Many stalls had books for children which I really liked. However, the same entry and exit points in the parking lot showed to be substantial issue during the fair,” she said.
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