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Kannada book fair has something for everyone

Staff Correspondent
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Krishna J. Palemar, Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister (left), at the Kannada Book Fair in Mangalore in Sunday.
Krishna J. Palemar, Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister (left), at the Kannada Book Fair in Mangalore in Sunday.

Thousands of books of diverse variety are on sale at the week-long book fair organised by the Kannada Book Authority (KBA) at the Nehru Maidan here.

District in-charge and Ports and Fisheries Minister Krishna J. Palemar inaugurated the fair on Sunday. Over two lakh books were available for purchase from 86 publishing houses and book shops. The fair has something for everyone and caters to wide range subjects.

Several of the stalls had colouring books, picture books, and educative books for children. Some stalls offer compact discs of bhajans, devotional songs, popular films, and about writers. Two stalls specialise in offering books on legal issues. Many stalls offer popular Kannada fictions by Poornachandra Tejaswi, U.R. Ananthamurthy, S.L. Bhyrappa, Kuvempu, Da. Ra. Bendre, Vaidehi, and numerous translations. One of the stalls, “Legal Times”, had 350 titles relating to journalism. Books on astrology, motivation, religion, history, and culture are available at the fair.

Some of the known names at the fair include Ankita Prakashana, Sapna Book House, Navakarnataka Publications, Lankesh Prakashana, Chintana Prakashana, Roopa Prakashana, stalls of the Mysore University and Kendra Sahitya Academy.

However, one stall that was conspicuous by its absence was the stall of the Department of Kannada and Culture.

KBA president L. Siddalingaiah said it was being considered to set up a stall of the Department of Kannada and Culture.

About the absence of a stall of Bandaya literature (a literary movement in Kannada pioneered by Dalits), Mr. Siddalingaiah said books of the genre were likely to be spread across the stalls.

Mr. Kalkura, member KBA, told The Hindu that the stall of the Department of Kannada and Culture might be set up on Monday.

A separate stall for the publications of the Tulu, Konkani, Beary and Kodava Sahitya Academies was likely to be set up.

Response better

Giridhar Mallya, a visitor said he found a book that he was looking for and planned to come back.

Mr. Mallya, who is a voracious reader said “I'm on a long vacation, and I have nothing else to do.”

Prasad, a stall owner, said the response from the people in Mysore and Bangalore had been much better.

Shanta Kumari, another stall owner, said the KBA had made good arrangements for accommodation and food for the participants in the fair. Every evening cultural performances, seminars, or poetry readings were arranged, said Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, a member of the Kannada Book Authority.

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