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Amar Ekushey Book Fair concludes

3751 titles hit

Published : 02 Mar 2024 10:35 PM | Updated : 02 Mar 2024 10:37 PM

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2024 just concluded after 31 days, including a two-day extended period on Saturday. Nearly 59 lakhs visitors entered the fair-grounds in this time.  

This year a total of 3,751 new titles hit the fair including 1262 poetry books, 544 novels and 521 storybooks. Bangla Academy reveals 3730 books arrived in 2023, 3416 in 2022, 2640 in 2021, and 4919 in 2020. Each year, the publication of poetry books stands the highest in number in a specific genre.

Bangla Academy also reveals that, this year’s sold books worth around Tk 60 crore, according to data provided by the participating publishing houses.

By analysing the data from the last five years, the estimated sales were Tk 47 crore in 2023, Tk 52.5 crore in 2022, Tk 3.11 crore in 2021 and Tk 82 crore in 2020.

Shahed Montaz, Deputy Director of Bangla Academy, presented a report containing the data and statistics at the closing ceremony held on Saturday afternoon at Bangla Academy premises.

Apart from this, the Bangla Academy authority handed over the awards in four categories to eight different publishing houses in recognition of their works. 

The Chittaranjan Saha Memorial Award 2024 went to ‘Kathaprakash’ for publishing the highest number of quality books in 2023. ‘Mayurpankhi’ got the Rokanuzzaman Khan Dadabhai Memorial Award 2024 for publishing the highest number of quality books for children in 2023.

The Munier Choudhury Memorial Award 2024 went to ‘Prothoma Prokashan’, ‘Oitijjhya’ and ‘Journeyman Books’ for publishing the best book in the aesthetically rich and standard books category in 2023. 

Artist Qayyum Chowdhury Memorial Award 2024 went to ‘Anyaprakash’ (Pavilion), ‘Nymphea Publications’ (2-4 units) and ‘Bengal Books’ (single unit) for aesthetic interior designs in 2024.

Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, education and culture affairs advisor of the Prime Minister, was present as the chief guest, while State Minister for cultural affairs Nahid Izhar Khan and Secretary for cultural affairs ministry Khalil Ahmed were present as special guests.

The fairground was full of packs with book enthusiasts, especially at Suhrawardy Udyan, as the fair’s last day on Saturday. Attendants at the stalls and pavilions were also seen busy selling books.