Free bus service, awards, cultural programme main attraction for Agartala Book Fair

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Feb 15 2020: Dy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma has urged the book lovers and people to participate the mega literary event commencing at Hapania International Fair Ground February 26.

Steps have been taken to make the Book Fair a grand success, he told the media after a review meeting on the preparations for the mega event. "No one could march ahead if he or she remains standstill. The people of state are the literature driven. The government wants Agartala Book Fair to be held at a bigger place to expand its wings", he said.

The Dy Chief Minister, who the chairman of book fair committee said there would free bus services from four spots of the city to book fair venue for book lovers. The spots include Rabindra Bhavan, Nagerjala, Battala and Radhanagar Motor stand. The free bus service will be available from 1.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

ICA Director Ratan Biswas said the feedback centering Agartala Book Fair from the publishers appears overwhelming. "Altogether 62 publishers from the state, 37 from West Bengal, five from Delhi, six from Guwahati will participate in the 12-day book fair", he said.

As many as 3000 cultural activists will perform during the Book Fair while a cultural team- Paharer Rang from Bangladesh will also join the mega event.

Like previous occasions, several awards would be given to the persons for their outstanding contribution towards the society, arts, culture and literature. "Bir Bikram Kishore Mankya Bahadur award will be given for outstanding contribution for education and technical education", he said.

Besides, Atal Bihari Vajpayee award will be offered for life time achievement in the field of literature while Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayaya award will be given for national integration. 

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