Hyderabad: An annual tryst for book lovers, the Hyderabad Book Fair is all set to begin at NTR Stadium with nearly 100 more stalls than last year, at NTR Stadium on Thursday.
Arrangements for the 31st edition of the book fair are already in place which will conclude on January 29. Publishers from not only city, but from Vijayawada, Nellore, New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Jaipur will be taking part in the event with their publications.
The 31st edition of the book fair which was originally scheduled for the month of December last was postponed to January in view of the World Telugu Conference. Officials from departments associated with organising the fair including Culture Secretary Burra Venkatesham and Director of the Department of Language and Culture Mamidi Harikrishna on Wednesday inspected the venue and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements.
As against 250 book stalls in the last edition of the fair in December 2016, this one will have 343 stalls, an addition of nearly a hundred book stalls. The government has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh as support fund for the exhibition, Harikrishna told Telangana Today.
“This is the first and only book exhibition in the country supported by the State government. Apart from funding, the Department of Language and Culture has lent the venue for the book fair completely free of cost, which was not the case until 2014,” he said. Since the land was under the control of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation earlier, the Hyderabad Book Fair Society had to cough up Rs 1.36 lakh per day for the 11-day annual exhibition.
There will be exclusive stalls for digital books and children’s books, and entry for children will be free. A special book hunt programme will be held to entertain children in addition to several programmes like elocution, quiz and essay writing competitions.
Ballet performances depicting Telangana movement as well as dance performances such as Perini Shivatandam have been lined up.
For the first time, a temporary indoor auditorium will hold book release functions on all of the 11 days at the venue. Visitors can walk in between 2.30 pm and 8.30 pm on weekdays and between 12 pm and 8 pm on Sundays.