AMAR EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR
Clean, dustless premises marks improvementSardar Mahabbat Ali
Visitors to the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Sunday witnessed an improvement on the disarray and mismanagement marking the launch of the event.
Most of the stalls are now ready, the fair ground is without dust after water was sprinkled and vendors have been forced out of the premises.
Deployment of adequate number of law enforcers at the entry points and the extended portion of the fair at Suhrawardy Udyan was quite noticeable.
The number of the unprepared stalls was reduced to a great extent compared to previous days as some 10 participating stalls were found displaying their collections alongside continuing decoration work.
Organisers, publishers and visitors expressed satisfaction over neat and clean fair premises, sprinkled with water.
The crowd of curious visitors found a wide space to move for having eyes on new titles arriving at the fair.
The Bangla Academy, organiser of the fair, this year aims to add a plenty of newness to the annual event held to commemorate the language movement of 1952.
The academy director general, Shamsuzzaman Khan, told New Age that the environment would improve further after February 7 to attract the booklovers.
Apart from the attempt to blend the spirit of the liberation war in Ekushey book fair through extending its venue to the historic Suhrawardy Udyan, the academy this year plans to implement a few innovative ideas to make the fair more attractive.
Though the organiser has not allotted stalls for ‘Lekhok Kunja (Writers Hub)’ in the fair ground, it is likely to arrange an ‘adda’ (dialogue) between writers and readers every week.
Three authors and one artist would share views on their works with their fans and readers on the main stage, where the listeners would have their queries answered, the DG said.
The readers would vote for the best titles every week, and thus the best title would be selected and its author and publisher would be awarded, he said.
Seminars and cultural functions on the main stage would be telecast live after February 4 to bring the fair under the coverage of digitisation, Shamsuzzaman said.
The academy also plans to award photographer Amanul Haque who captured the bullet-wounded body of language martyr Rafiq in 1952.
The fair already witnessed distribution of Bangla Academy Literary Award among the winners at a formal function marking the opening of the fair on February 1.
The plans taken by the academy, however, left out the programme where a foreign notable personality would speak as the guest speaker like previous years.
Meanwhile, some 30 new titles hit the fair on the second day, according to the publishers.
The academy, however, could not provide any list of new arrivals.
Some five titles were unveiled at the Nazrul Mancha on Sunday.
A seminar on Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin with Artist Qayyum Chowdhury in the chair was held on the day on the main stage.
Abul Hasnat read out the keynote paper while Syed Azizul Haque and Abul Mansur, among others, spoke on the occasion.
A cultural programme followed the seminar.
Today, the academy will hold a discussion on Maulana Akram Khan to be presided over by Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque.
Abdus Sabur Khan would present the keynote paper.
A cultural programme will also be held later on.
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