Huge crowds turned out at Aksharolsavam-2013 a book exhibition held at Thrissur Town Hall.
Book lovers were greeted by an array of books ranging from reference books on lifestyle and health to children’s and cookery books. Books on health, medicine, spiritualism, education and self-help were in demand. There were also many takers for Malayalam translation of books by Kahlil Gibran and Virginia Woolf and the biography of Mussolini.
Children, youth and elders alike spent time at the stalls. Aksharolsavam has been organised by the Thrissur Public Library as part of its 140th anniversary celebrations in association with the National Book Trust.
Literature competitions, cultural programmes, solo drama featuring characters of famous books, and theatre performances were the highlights of the exhibition. Many books which were out of print are on display at the stall of the State Institute of Language.
The institute has displayed more than 3,000 books including ‘Amulya Paithrukam’ by Sumitra Gandhi and ‘Arivu..Niravu’. A.C. Chacko’s ‘Panineeya Prathyodam’, Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair’s ‘Kathakali Vesham’ are some of the books which have many takers. The institute is offering an attractive discount of 20-60 per cent on all books.
The books published by Kerala Sahitya Akademi are also on display. Ten eminent personalities — veteran journalist Varghese Mechery, C. Uthama Kurup, Thaikkat Narayanan Mooss, Dr. V.P. Gangadharan, Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, George Menachery, Joy Alukas, T.S. Anantharaman, Dr. K. Mohandas and M. Madhavankuty - will be honoured for their contribution to society.
The festival that began on April 1 will conclude on April 11. More than 70 publishers are participating in the book festival.