45th International Kolkata Book Fair to be inaugurated in Jan 2022
Kolkata/IBNS: The 45th International Kolkata Book Fair will be inaugurated on Jan 31, 2022, announced Publishers and Booksellers Guild secretary Tridib Chatterjee here on Friday.
The latest edition of the book fair, which will have Bangladesh as focal theme country, will run till Feb 13, 2022.
The decision to hold the book fair has been taken as the COVID-19 cases are declining in the country as well as West Bengal.
Chatterjee said masks and double vaccination certificates will be required for all people, who are eligible for anti-COVID-19 vaccine, to enter into the fair.
The fair will be held at Central Park in Salt Lake, Kolkata.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be invited to inaugurate the fair.
“We will go to Bangladesh and approach her (Sheikh Hasina),” said Chatterjee and added, “We had earlier approached her in 2020 for inauguration and she had agreed too. But then the pandemic hit us.”
The book fair will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee year of independence of Bangladesh.
Besides, the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, birth centenary of legendary filmmaker late Satyajit Ray and the 75th years of Indian Independence will also be celebrated.
Many eminent personalities including acting legend Soumitra Chatterjee and former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away in recent past, will be paid tributes.