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Book fair focus on freedom fighters

A tryst with history and freedom fighters is lined up for citizens of the capital during the fifth National Book Fair that is scheduled to start from November 30.

The theme for the book fair is ‘Indian Revolutionaries' and apart from books on the subject, six documentary films on revolutionary freedom fighters would be screened.

The book fair will be held at the Zila School Grounds and as many as 130 stalls will be lined up with tomes to attract every age group. Apart from books on freedom fighters and revolutionaries, the fair will also display books of general interest.

National Book Fair secretary Chandra Bhushan said the documentary films will be screened in the centre of the ground at 6pm daily. The documentaries will be those on Chandra Shekhar Azad, Tatia Tope, Ramprasad Bismil and Birsa Munda. Apart from these, films on social issues like Swaraj, Teesri Kasam and Araria: Ek Aapbiti will also be screened.

Fair convenor Mukesh Kumar said special care has been taken to involve children in the book fair. Several programmes like painting competitions, recitation contest, story-telling, solo singing and other contests have been planned to keep the young readers entertained in the fair.

Apart from programmes for children, the book fair will also host local musicians, folk artists and a laughter challenge show in the evenings. The fair will conclude on December 9, Kumar said. “The thrust of the book fair is to attract as many visitors as possible. Apart from going through books, visitors will also be entertained in the fair,” Kumar added.