New Delhi: Literature for children is the focus of the New Delhi World Book Fair, which begins here on February 15 with Poland as the guest country and participants from 25 countries aiming to promote the habit of reading.
President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to inaugurate the 9-day fair themed on “Kathasagara: Celebrating Children's Literature” and organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) in association with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) at Pragati Maidan.
“Reading and literature for children are the main focus for the publishing industry the world over. We have a special section to commemorate birth centenary of children's writer and illustrator Shankar Pillai,” A Sethumadhavan, Chairman, NBT said today.
Author Ruskin Bond will be the guest of honour for the Fair, which is expected to see discussions, workshops and interactive sessions with authors and illustrators.
Poet-lyricist Gulzar and Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan are supporting the promotions of the Fair, which was previously done by actor Farooq Sheikh who passed away recently.
Highlights of the Polish pavilion include the launch of Hindi translations of four books including “Little Chopin”, exhibitions about Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski, one on illustrators from Poland and another on Krakow a Unesco city of literature.
“We see this Fair not only as a feast of literature but also as a historic opportunity for Polish and Indian publishing industry to meet,” Anna Tryc-Bromley, Director, Polish Institute, Delhi said.
A contingent of 25 people including authors, illustrators and publishers from Poland are participating in the fair.
A special Authors Corner at the Book Fair is expected to see over 300 authors including a few Bollywood personalties like Karisma Kapoor, Dipti Naval and Kunal Kapoor along with well known authors.