Curtains go up on book festival

Varied spread: Visitors browse through books on the opening day of the Thiruvananthapuram Book Fair on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: C. Ratheesh kumar

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Thiruvananthapuram Book Festival, being organised by the Kerala State Bala Sahitya Institute on the sidelines of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, was inaugurated by Jamia Millia Islamia University Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hasan at the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the book festival Mr. Hasan said that books played an important role in nurturing religious harmony and trust among communities. He said that books were the best medium for initiating dialogue between various strata of society. Education and Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby presided over the inaugural function. Mr. Baby said that books and the written word had an undeniable role in shaping the character of an individual.

Poet Sugathakumari, V. Sivankutty, MLA, and Bala Sahitya Institute Director Rubin D’cruz were also present at the function.

As part of the book festival, special programmes for children, film screening by Doordarshan and national seminars will be held, a statement released by the Bala Sahitya Institute said. On the second day of the festival on Sunday, a lecture by Tanu Padmanabhan of Pune Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics will be held. Many foreign and Indian publishers are participating in the nine-day book festival.