Visitors throng Ekushey book fair

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PV Desk : It was a delightful extravaganza exactly after one-year as thousands of booklovers of all ages flocked to the Amar Ekushey Granthamela- 2018 that began today on the premises of Bangla Academy and its adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the traditional month-long “Ekushey Grantha Mela” (book fair) with a call to give due honour to the country’s own art, culture, language and literature.

The book fair will bring together booklovers, authors, publishers and the people of different professions besides poets and writers from 15 foreign countries.

At the same function, the premier also launched a two-day International Literature Conference 2018, and handed over prizes among the winners of ‘Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar 2017’.

The winners are: Mohammad Sadik and Maruful Islam (poetry), Mamun Hossain (fiction), Professor Mahbubul Haque (essay), Professor Rafiqullah Khan (research), Aminur Rahman Bhuiyan (translation), Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan and Surma Jahid (literature on Liberation War), Shakur Majid (travelogue), Maloy Bhoumik (drama), Moshtak Ahmed (science, technology and environment) and Jharna Dash Purokayshto (juvenile literature).

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor addressed the function as the special guest, while Bangla Academy Chairman and Emeritus Professor Anisuzzaman presided.

Cultural Affairs Secretary Ibrahim Hossain Khan, Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan and President of Bangladesh Pustok Prokashak and Bikreta Samity Arif Hossain Chhotan spoke.

United Kingdom writer and poet Ignis Mirose, Cameroonian writer Dr Joyce Ashuntantang, Egyptian Poet Ibrahim Elmasi and Swedish writer Arli Johnson also spoke on the occasion.