Inter school competition on Indian literature to be held
Jamshedpur, Nov 6: The 35th Jamshedpur Book Fair will start from November 8 and would treat book lovers with a wide range of books in English, Hindi and Bengali, Gurmukhi, Odia and Santhali. The Tagore Society is all set to make the event successful. The book fair like every year will have publishers from New Delhi, Calcutta, Odisha and other states and would continue till Nov 17.
Jusco managing director, Tarun Daga will inaugurate the event. General Secretary of Tagore Society, Ashis Chowdhury said that book lovers eagerly wait for the annual fair. Our basic idea is to promote rich literature of different languages and so we are keen to have books of all regional languages at the fair.
He also went on to inform that all precautionary measures such as installing CCTV, fire-fighters, dog squad have been made to ensure life and property during the fair. “Our priority is more on quality publishers and not just quantity. We would like book lovers to come and enjoy books to cultivate a reading habit,” said the secretary of Tagore Society.
In view of the demands of the students, this time in fair textbooks and recommended books will also be available apart from regular books.
“Though sale of books have increased over the years but we want to develop reading habits among the people similar on the lines of western countries,” said the general secretary.
“Sales have been hit from the past two years after
demonetisation. This year we expect the sales to be better because people are
now used to the digital mode of payment. We have planned an inter school
competition also,” said Chowdhury while addressing a press meet on
An inter school competition on Indian literature will be organised to engage students in knowing their literature better. More than 10 schools have confirmed their participation. Also lined up are various cultural events by students of Tagore School of Arts.
It may be mentioned that Tagore Society, a city based leading educational and cultural organisation, has been organising book fair from more than two decades. Celebrities like writer Mahashweta Devi, quizmaster Neil O’ Brien have participated in the fair. The organisers believe that the more children get exposure to a platform where publishers with so many books gather at one place. The interest in reading can thus be developed among children.
Also present at the press conference were Dr HS Paul, President of Tagore Society, Sudip Basu, Treasurer of Tagore Society and Jaydev Ghosh, book fair incharge.