The Telegraph
Tuesday , April 8 , 2014
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Bengali book fair from April 25

Bengali bibliophiles of Ranchi, who wait for Calcutta relatives to bring them the latest best-sellers, have reason to smile.

Ranchi will host its first Bangla Boi Mela (Bengali Book Fair) soon after the Lok Sabha election frenzy gets over.

Members of Bengali Association took the decision to host the fair during a meeting on Sunday evening. The three-day fair will begin on April 25, the day after voting gets over in Jharkhand on April 24. But, the venue is yet to be decided.

“Bangla Boi Mela will be held on April 25, 26 and 27. We are yet to decide the venue for the fair. Our first preference is Mahendra Pratap Mahila Mahavidyalaya. If not, then we will like to host the fair at Zilla School grounds. However, we will visit both these places and finalise the venue during our next meeting on April 13,” said Vaswati Mishra, treasurer of the association.

The organisers will try and invite popular and renowned publishers from Calcutta.

Treasurer Mishra added that they would also host cultural programmes during the three-day fair.

“We are planning to organise cultural programmes in the evenings for which we will rope in local artistes. This apart, just like any other book fairs, we will throw open the stage for debate, quiz, extempore, recitation etc. The categories and themes will be decided on April 13,” she added.

Bangla Mela, the popular cultural extravaganza, which is organised by the same outfit, is usually held in the month of April-May.

This time, it has been postponed to October due to Lok Sabha polls.