| BTC deputy chief Kampha Borgoyary inaugurates the book fair on Monday. Telegraph picture |
Kokrajhar, Dec. 17: The first day of the 12th Bodoland Book Fair, which began today at Kokrajhar Government Higher Secondary and Multipurpose School here, saw the rele-ase of three books, including two by award-winning authors.
Three books — Israel by Haricharan Boro (winner of Bal Sahitya Puraskar), Gwdan Mugani Tandwi by Mangal Singh Hazaoway (Sahitya Akademi winner) and Bisombini Ser Ser Bisombi by Sarada Prasad Muchahary, were released.
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) deputy chief Kampha Borgoyary was the chief guest and inaugurated the fair. He also released the three books amid a huge gathering of book lovers.
In his speech, Borgoyary expressed hope that the book fair would encourage youths to cultivate a reading habit. “Reading is not only a pleasure, but we can also achieve academic excellence in various departments by inculcating this habit. We need good administrators, academicians, officers and leaders with farsightedness and ideas. We need experts in all fields and that can be achieved only through education.”
He stressed the need to create an environment for the students to study and achieve academic excellence in various fields. Borgoyary said the BTC administration emphasised the promotion and importance of education. Organising a book fair every year is part of the activities to encourage reading habits among people.
Derhasat Basumatary, BTC executive member in-charge of the education department, who is also the president of the book fair management committee, said the event this year has stressed on literary activities to involve the youths and students community.
“We have lined up a series of literary activities for the students and youths in the book fair,” he said.
The other highlight of the day includes a quiz competition hosted by Barry O’Brien, a national-level quizmaster.
A seminar and power point presentation on “Preservation of Forest and Wildlife”, multilingual poets’ meet, on-spot essay, short story and poetry-writing competition, debates and book-reading assembly would be held during these days, along with science exhibitions and cultural programmes.
Over 60 bookstalls by various publication houses, including publishers from Delhi and Calcutta are participating in the book fair, which will continue till December 24.
Basumatary said the BTC would also give assistance to the educational institutions, libraries and others for purchasing books from the fair.