Pustaka Santhe to be relaunched on Nov 1

Fair to be monthly/ bimonthly affair to rope in youngsters

Pustaka Santhe to be relaunched on Nov 1
In an effort to inculcate the habit to read Kannada books among youngsters, the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) has decided to reintroduce ‘Pustaka Santhe’ (book fair) to expose them to great works of Kannada language and literature and Kannada translations of classics in other languages. Unlike in the past, the KSP is considering to hold the fair once a month.

An initiative of former KSP president Chandrashekhar Patil, Pustaka Santhe was a weekly affair when it was started in 2005. It, however, had to be discontinued following poor response in 2008. The Santhe will be an all-Kannada book fair.

The incumbent KSP president Manu Baligar told Deccan Herald that it was difficult to keep the interest of readers if organised every week.

“We want to organise Pustaka Santhe once or twice a month to keep the interest alive,’’ he said. The Santhe will be held on the Parishat premises in Chamarajpet on Sundays or holidays. “Based on the response, we will hold it across the city, including in tech parks, and across the state,” Baligar said.

He is planning to have a presence on social media to reach more and more net-savvy people, before relaunching the Santhe. He hopes to reintroduce the Santhe concept to coincide with the Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1.

“It may not be a good idea to launch Pustaka Santhe in monsoon season. So we are considering November 1 as a tentative date,” he said. The KSP is planning to take the Pustaka Santhe to the districts also.

“We will advertise Pustaka Santhe on a large scale on the social media,” Baligar said. The Santhe will exhibit works published by the KSP, all government publications, publications of universities, Kannada Book Authority and those by the Department of Kannada and Culture. “We will rope in private publishers and display their books as well,” Baligar said, stressing the need to have a variety of choices for the readers to choose from. The initiative will also feature translations of great works of other languages into Kannada. The government issued an order declaring rebate on old books in 2009 and the rule would be followed. The books on display would have rebate up to 70 per cent, he said.

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