41st International Kolkata Book Fair To Begin From January 28; Costa Rica Focal Country This Year

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Video: Kolkata book fair press conference

The press announcement of the 41st International Kolkata Book Fair took place in the august presence of Ashok Dey, Ashok Burman, Tridib Chatterjee, Sudhangshu Dey, Probir Kr Majumdar and others. The focal theme country is Costa Rica and the unveiling of the logo of the book fair was done at the event.

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The book fair will begin on January 28 and continue till February 5 at Milan Mela from 12 to 8pm on all days. The entry is free.  The inauguration will be done by Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.

The book fair will have a special participation of Russia celebrating seventy years of diplomatic relationship between India and Russia. The international complex will have UK, USA, Vietnam, Bangladesh, 11 Latin American countries and others.

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Speaking at the occasion, Tridib Chatterjee said “Costa Rica has been selected as the focal country because they do not have an army even in such times when maximum nations are increasing their defense budgets. They instead focus on education and health and spend that amount on such issues. They have high literacy and high life expectancies. It is indeed great honor to welcome such a country at the book fair”.

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The fourth Kolkata Literature Festival will also take place at the same premises between 2nd to 4th February. Writers, celebrities, sports personalities will be present at the festival. Engrossing sessions, panel discussions on films, dance are the other attractions of the festival.

Many Indian states like Telengana, Orissa, Jharkhand which did not participate beforehand will be seen in the book fair this time.

With more than forty days to go, Kolkata is getting ready for the 41st International Kolkata Book Fair.

Priyanka Dutta

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