The world’s largest book fair at Pragati Maidan
The trilingual formula of the National Education Policy 2020 is having a positive impact on India’s publishing industry. Publishers from all over the world have their eyes on the Indian market. Proof of this can be seen at the New Delhi World Book Fair where directors, CEOs, organizers of book fairs and other high officials from the publishing industry across the world are attending and looking at India’s publishing industry as a role model. In this series, publishers from abroad and directors of renowned global fairs closely understood the success of the New Delhi World Book Fair. New Delhi Rights Table 2024 (NDRT) has been playing an important role in providing a platform and mutual discussion to publishers, authors and fair organizers from all over the world.
The tenth edition of the New Delhi Rights Table 2024 (NDRT) was launched on the third day of the New Delhi World Book Fair. The inaugural session of the two-day event was graced by Mr. Greith Rapley, Director of The London Book Fair, Guest of Honor was Elena Pasoli, Director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Jacques Thomas, Guest Director of Bologna BookPlus.
Professor Milind Sudhakar Marathe, Chairman, National Book Trust, India, in his inaugural address highlighted the potential of book fairs as transformative business opportunities, leveraging modern technology and giving new dimensions to the pace of growth in business. Speaking on the occasion, London Book Fair Director, Gareth Rapley highlighted the specifics of the Rights Exchange and underlined the important role of copyright rights in charting trends in the publishing industry.
In her speech, Elena Pasoli, Director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, one of the world’s largest book fairs, spoke about how there is potential in the market for copyright exchange. He also expressed appreciation for the demand for Indian children’s literature globally. Promoting growth and innovation in the publishing industry, Yuvraj Malik, Director, National Book Trust, India said that today technology has also made the publishing industry global. Now it can be taken forward by using international facilities and arts.
Launched at the New Delhi World Book Fair in 2013, this ‘B2B platform’ provides an opportunity to publishers to exchange ideas, discuss copyrights and transfer rights to their published material. This time, more than 60 publishers of books of all Indian and foreign languages including English and Hindi were present in the meeting.
Festival of International Folk Culture with Books
The pavilion of the honored guest country Saudi Arabia is attracting the readers at the New Delhi World Book Fair. The Ministry of Culture, Saudi Arabia has prepared a special pavilion in the Mahakumbh of Books, in which they have presented the culture of the capital Riyadh, the beautiful mountainous places Jeddah, Abha, Taif and Hafoof. While the youth are crazy about taking selfies with the representatives of Saudi Arabia, they are also getting the opportunity to enjoy Shaabi, the traditional dance of Saudi Arabia. In this dance, which shows the feeling of unity, 15 to 20 people form a circle in a line and dance with swords raised. The pavilion depicts the ancient culture of Saudi Arabia. The youth looked enthusiastic about getting their names calligraphy done in Arabic. There is also an exhibition of Kanaan, Rababa and Tiran ancient musical instruments of Saudi Arabia.
This time many countries have come to India to showcase their folk culture in the book fair. To showcase the culture of Italy to children, here is a set of 60 selected books, which are currently available online. There is Muslim Council of Elders from Abu Dhabi, who have come to the World Book Fair with books in Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Malayalam and English in the spirit of peace and harmony in the world. The Russian Translation Institute is giving grants to writers and publishers. Here, there is a stall by Iran Culture House showcasing the culture of Iran where the youth will learn Persian language, learn calligraphy and make efforts to connect Iranian culture with their normal life.
International Activity Forum
A session on the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Bologna Book Plus was held in the International Activity Forum. In this session, Elena Pasoli, Director of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and Jacques Thomas, Guest Director of Bologna Book Plus, share their views on how global book fairs are opening up new experiences for publishers and readers, especially for children’s books. .
Forum of Literary Experiences: Writers Forum
The release and discussion session of the book ‘Indian Women’s Status and Movement’ was organized in the Writer’s Forum of the New Delhi World Book Fair. Professor Milind Sudhakar Marathe, Chairman of National Book Trust, India, who was presiding over the session, while defining the harmony of man and woman and family in Indian philosophy, said that both men and women have important contribution in the development of the country. The relationship between man and woman described in Indian philosophy is with the family. Both men and women can contribute to the development of society. He said that due to certain circumstances women have to face inequality. It is the duty of men to take women along with them in the development of the country. In Indian philosophy, the basic unit is not the individual but the family, which includes your parents, siblings, grandparents, animals-birds, trees-plants and the progress around you.
Chief guest of this session and Principal Secretary of Punjab Government, Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, while talking about her journey from SDM to Deputy Commissioner and her experience in administration, said that women power is very energetic. She can make every task easy and possible. Women need to move forward with men. Instead of women being number one and men being number one, we will have to make 1 and 1 11, only then will the work get proper direction for the development of the society.
On this occasion, Professor Narendra Mishra, Shri Rashbehari, Professor Neelam Rathi, Dr. Shambhu Nath Mishra, Ms. Lily Mitra and Dr. Santwana Srikant also presented their views.
While giving his views in the session ‘Leadership in Struggle: Netaji, Azad Hind Government and Military Perspective’ organized in the theme pavilion, defense expert and former RAW officer and author Colonel RSN Singh, while mentioning the contributions of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, said that Azad Hind Fauj Through his works he inspired the revolutionaries engaged in the country’s freedom struggle. Azadi Hind Fauj is an example of an army in the world which, despite losing, made an important contribution to the country’s independence. On this occasion, Kapil Kumar told how the soldiers of Azadi Hind Fauj had to endure torture. He said that many countries of the world have important documents related to Netaji which prove his courage and bravery as well as his leadership abilities.
Amitabh Nag, CEO of Bhashini, Balendru Sharma, author and Microsoft Spokesperson on Indian Language Technologies and Arjun, Professor, IIT Delhi, presented their views in the session on Technological Innovation and Multilingual India in the Theme Pavilion. Emphasis was laid on the use of technology to make literature accessible to all sections of the society, especially the differently-abled, and translation applications to facilitate translation of regional languages. Topics like fonts for regional languages, Unicode keyboard, typing innovations were also discussed in this session.
Dr. Sushma Kasbeler, Rashmi Verma and Suhail Mathur expressed their views in the session ‘Women Writers: Creating Compelling Characters’ at the Author’s Corner of the New Delhi World Book Fair. Rashmi Verma said that a research has shown that out of four characters in literature all over the world, three characters are male and one character is female. Therefore, to bridge this gap, it is necessary that more and more women come forward in the field of writing. Dr. Sushma Kasbeler spoke on the importance of imagination and real life in character portrayal.
In the children’s pavilion of the New Delhi World Book Fair, renowned storyteller Amrit Nagpal, in the vibrant tradition of multilingual India, narrated a very interesting story named “Chidiya Ka Dana” to the children in Bhojpuri style. This story was based on grandmother’s love and affection for her children.
Italian-French author and illustrator Sophie Benini conveyed the message of enhancing creativity in children through a story titled “The Irresolute Flower” through adorable illustrations and colorful paper petals.
The nuances of the art of writing were taught in the program ‘Ink and Imagination’ organized in the Children’s Pavilion of the New Delhi World Book Fair.
Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: Cultural Continuity
There is a captivating exhibition in Hall 5 of the New Delhi World Book Fair which gives a living glimpse of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Through this the rich cultural and social heritage of this region has been depicted. On coming here, the visitors are welcomed by the famous Shikara of Dal Lake which shows the beauty of Kashmir Valley. This exhibition takes a comprehensive journey through history, showcasing cultural, historical and artistic developments. The development of the sacred Bhoti language, which is derived from the Brahmi script, in Ladakh, and the introduction of sites such as the majestic The Lamayuru Monastery, the largest and oldest in Ladakh. Here the Sufi temples of Kashmir as well as the grand palaces of Leh are displayed. The heroic story of the sons of India awarded Param Vir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra and Vir Chakra for their bravery during the campaigns of 1947-48 against Pakistan is also shown. Apart from this, the great heroes associated with the history of Jammu and Kashmir from Adi Shankaracharya to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee have been told. This pavilion, which is rich in many interesting information about Kashmir, which is a symbol of spirituality and harmony, is becoming the center of attraction for everyone.
Half dance presentation by Saudi Arabia was one of the cultural programs which was the center of attraction at the New Delhi World Book Fair. The dramatic presentation giving a glimpse of the history of English literature by DPS Rohini Vidyalaya was highly appreciated. The staging of the play Bhasha Milan by DTU Dramatics and Filmmaking Society enthralled the audience. Youth kept dancing to the Garba presentation by Ahmedabad International Literary Festival. Sanskrit rapper by Shloviz of Hustle 2.0 Frame was presented in the cultural programs of New Delhi World Book Fair. The presentation of the duo band by the Indie Folk Fusion Band was also highly appreciated.
Report: Irfan Jamiawala