18l of visitors, 20cr of sales: the book fair ends on a good note | Kolkata News

Kolkata: The 45th Kolkata International Book Fair – one of the city’s most beloved annual events that had been stalled for two years due to the pandemic – ended on a celebratory note in Central Park with a attendance exceeding 1.5 lakh on Sunday. While around 18 lakh visited the fair this time, books worth Rs 20 crore were sold during the two-week event – significantly higher than that of the last fair, held in 2020.
On the last day of the fair, the organizers of the book fair Guild of Publishers and Booksellers announced in the presence of the Spanish Ambassador to India Jose Maria Ridao and the director of the Instituto Cervantes Oscar Pujol that Spain would be the central thematic country of the next edition of the fair.
Guild General Secretary Tridib Chatterjee added that this year’s book fair has broken records in terms of attendance and sales in recent times. “Till Saturday, about 16.5 lakh people visited the book fair, and there were more on Sunday. In addition, people bought a lot of books – worth almost Rs 20 crore – until Saturday. More will be added to the tally after Sunday’s figures. We are overwhelmed by this huge response,” Chatterjee said.
Spain’s Ambassador to India said they will be looking forward to next year’s Kolkata Book Fair where Spain will be the central theme country. “We have a strong relationship with India and see this as an opportunity to further strengthen the cultural bond and values ​​between the two countries. We want to showcase human culture and intend to bring out this culture with our music, our poetry, our novels and everything. We will do our best to present all of this in front of you,” he said.
“The last time that Spain was the central thematic country of the book fair was in 2006. This year, when we still did not know if the book fair could be organized, the honorable ambassador of Spain in India has proposed that Spain be the central theme country for the next edition of the show.We are indebted to this gesture,” said Chatterjee.
Guild president Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey said next year’s Kolkata Book Fair is scheduled for January if all goes as planned. “We are overwhelmed by the huge response from people. We have received a lot of support from everyone and will discuss with the government authorities how the overall book fair infrastructure could be further improved,” Dey said.

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