Dr Saket Dinkar | News Editor
New Delhi : The 31st edition of New Delhi World Book Fair organised by National Book Trust, India(NBT) under Ministry of Education, Govt.of India in collaboration with India Trade Fair Promotion Organisation (ITPO) under Ministry of Commerce, Govt. Of India at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 25th February to 5th March 23 concluded today succesfully.
Due to outbreak of Covid 19, New Delhi World Book Fair was compelled to hold online previously. This New Delhi World Book Fair was being organised after two years due to Corona outbreak and had forced to conduct this event online previously.
A total number of 40 contries participated in this mega event. The theme of the book fair was based on “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” in view of celebration of 75 years of India’s independence event promoted by Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. France had been invited in this New Delhi World Book Fair 23 as guest of honour. 16 freench authors participated in this book fair including famous french writer; Annie Ernaux noble prize 22 winner for literature. She visited New Delhi Book Fair on the day of its inauguration on 25th February.
A total numbers of 800 publishers from all over the world participated in this New Delhi book fair 2023. There were a total numbers of 2000 book stalls crafted this year in book fair. During this book fair, 600 programmes of Worshops, symposia, seminars, book release, Author-publisher introduction, cultural programmes, international events, introductions of young writers publishere were organised at the stalls, halls, conference halls and auditoriums. Even the vision of Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi’s vision of promotion of Young entrepreneurs was implemented here in this book fair event werein young authors and publishers were duly promoted as per Government of India’s vision.
There were specified pavillions like G20 Pavillion, Foreign Pavillion, NEP Pavillion, Theme Pavillion, Children’s Pavillion.
New Delhi World Book Fair was first held in the year 1972 and it was inaugurated by the then-President of India Late Varah Giri Venkat Giri; commonly known as V V Giri. The succes of 1st World Book Fair held in Delhi inspired and idea of launch and holding of book fairs in several other parts of the country began. Further Book Fair started and being organised in metropolitan city of Kolkata, where the first International Kolkata Book fair (formerly known as the Calcutta Book Fair) was held in 1976.
During recent days New Delhi World Book Fair is one of the biggest literary events in the world with a total visitors of over two million people that too from all over world participated in this event with a voume worth in crores.