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Amar Ekushey Boi Mela curtains falls today

SUMON REZA

Published: 08:18, 2 March 2024

Amar Ekushey Boi Mela curtains falls today

Photo : Messenger

The curtain of the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) is lowered today (Saturday).

At the request of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the book fair was extended for two more days was welcomed by publishers, writers and book lovers alike.

In an era where digital screens dominate our attention, the allure of books remains steadfast, as evidenced by the annual gatherings known as book fairs.

These events serve not only as platforms for publishers and authors to showcase their latest works but also as vibrant hubs where literary enthusiasts converge, fostering a sense of community and promoting literacy.

The impact of book fairs extends far beyond the confines of convention centres, influencing societal attitudes towards reading and education. The Amar Ekushey Boi Mela organised by the Bangla Academy is solely connected with our hearts as it exhibits our intellectual practices. The impact of the book fair to commemorate the language martyrs day is tremendous and wide in the respective arena.

Celebrating Diversity in Literature: One of the most significant contributions of book fairs is the role of celebrating the diversity of literature. From fiction to non-fiction, poetry to graphic novels, book fairs showcase a wide array of genres, languages, and perspectives.

This diversity reflects the richness of human experience and encourages readers to explore narratives beyond their own. By providing a platform for marginalized voices and underrepresented authors, book fairs contribute to a more inclusive literary landscape, fostering empathy and understanding among readers. So people especially readers used to wait for February to feel the wave of the book fair.

Promoting Literacy and Education: In an age where digital distractions abound, book fairs serve as beacons of literacy, promoting the joy of reading among people of all ages. From children's story time sessions to author panels and book signings, these events offer engaging experiences that ignite a passion for learning.

Moreover, book fairs often collaborate with schools and educational institutions and even some districts now are arranging it to promote literacy initiatives and provide access to books for underserved communities. By fostering a love of reading from an early age, book fairs play a crucial role in shaping the intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills of future generations.

Cultural Exchange and Dialogue: Beyond literary significance, book fairs serve as platforms for cultural exchange and dialogue. Visitors have the opportunity to engage with authors from diverse backgrounds, learning about different cultures, histories, and perspectives.

Even, now it has become very common to see enthusiastic readers gathering to collect autographs and photographs from their favourite authors. Through panel discussions, readings, and workshops, book fairs facilitate meaningful conversations on topics ranging from social justice issues to environmental sustainability.

These exchanges promote cross-cultural understanding and foster connections between people from disparate backgrounds, enriching the social fabric of communities.

Economic Impact and Industry Growth: From independent publishers to established publishing houses, book fairs provide a vital platform for the promotion and sale of books. Authors have the opportunity to connect directly with readers, building their fan base and generating buzz for their latest releases. 

The economic impact of book fairs extends beyond the event itself, as book sales contribute to the growth of the publishing industry and support the livelihoods of authors, illustrators, editors, and other industry professionals. Moreover, book fairs attract tourists and visitors, boosting local economies and showcasing the cultural vibrancy of host cities.

Even, now a huge number of food and sweet shops seats which ultimately affecting the beauty of the fair so far. But still, these are also a part of business too.

So, in an increasingly digitized world, book fairs serve as bastions of literary culture, promoting the joy of reading, fostering cultural exchange, and supporting the growth of the publishing industry. 

Their impact extends beyond the confines of convention centres, influencing societal attitudes toward reading, education, and diversity. As we celebrate the enduring power of books, let us recognize the invaluable role that book fairs play in shaping our collective imagination and enriching our lives. And a book fair would be more impactful when people understand its real meaning and thus our nation will be more advanced and civilised.

Messenger/Fameema

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