The Amar Ekushey Granthamela- 2017, which began on Wednesday (yesterday), has attracted a large number of visitors as the month-long mega exposition is exhibiting books of different genres of literature and other areas of knowledge.
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 Thursday.
On the second day of the book fair and the four-day literature conference, new five books have arrived, a press release of Bangla Academy said today.
As part of literature conference, a discussion and a poem recitation function were held at the Bangla Academy, it added.
Professor Dong You Chen, a Chinese researcher and translator on Rabindranath Tagore's works, Austrian Menfred Kebo, Luz Maria Lopez from Puerto Rica, German writer Tobaias Burghard, among others, addressed the discussion with Prof Fakrul Alam in the chair.
While speaking at the inaugural function of the fair on February 1, Professor Dong You Chen said, "Literary works of Rabindranath Tagore are not only for Bangla speaking people, these are also for whole mankind of the universe as his extra-ordinary creative works contain deep knowledge and messages for the well-being of the people."
The works of Rabindranath Tagore has reflected profound love for Bangladesh, he said adding, "He (Rabindranath) thought Bangladesh as his motherland. For this, he had written "Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Bhalobasi"
Luz Maria Lopez said, "I am deeply touched with impressive creative works of Rabindranath Tagore. I want to know Bangla literature and culture. That is why I have come to Bangladesh as a participant of Ekushey Book Fair."
Chinmoy Guha said, "I am thrilled as a participant of this book fair. Bangladesh was born as a result of profound love and huge sacrifices for Bangla language."
Echoing huge love for Bangla literature, other foreign writers said this book fair could be an excellent platform for all people with different languages.
Apart from Bangla Academy premises, around 400,000 square feet area on Suhrawardy Udyan have been earmarked for the fair, Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan told BSS.
The Suhrawardy Udyan has been decorated with 12 divisions. Some 663 units have been allotted to 409 institutions at the academy and on Suhrawardy Udyan premises.
Besides, 14 publication houses including Bangla Academy got 15 pavilions covering an area of total 6,000 square feet. Some 100 little magazines have been allocated spaces at the Little Magazine Corner, south side of Burdwan House on the academy premises.
Children corner at the Suhrawardy Udyan has been decorated gorgeously with colorful lightings and toys of children this year like the previous years. During the month-long fair, every Friday and Saturday will be observed as Shishu Prohor (children hour).
About the prices of books, the Bangla Academy DG said 30 percent commission will be given on books published by the academy while 25 percent commission on books published by others.
Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar while three gates will be at Bangla Academy and eight gates at Suhrawardy Udyan as entry and exit points.
Stringent security measures, including closed-circuit camera surveillance, have been taken to avert any untoward incident during the fair.