B'lore book festival begins

B'lore book festival begins

About a million books in Kannada, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu and other languages, covering range of subjects are on display at 340 stalls spread over more than 2.5 lakh sqft.

Jnanpith awardee Chandrashekhara Kambara, after inaugurating the event, said such was the attraction of the festival that the persons who have determined not to buy books would also be leaving the venue with one or two books in hand.

Allaying the fear of printed books vanishing due to popularity of e-books, he said many book-lovers don’t get happiness from reading books on the computer.

“It is not just the same as reading a book, holding it in our hands, turning the pages and folding some special pages,” Kambara added.

Balram Sadhwani, president of Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association (BBPA), claimed that it was the largest book festival held so far in the country. “Over 200 publishers from across the country are attending the event,” he said.

The organisers are expecting a turnover of Rs 15 crore at the event, which is open between 11 am and 8 pm.

The festival will feature a seminar on piracy of books, production and marketing of e-books from 5 pm onwards, on November 20, magic show by Kabada Sreenivasa on November 22, classical dances on November 24 and folk music on November 25.  It will conclude on November 27.