Iranian Deputy Culture Minister for Cultural Affairs Mohsen Javadi, the head of Iran's Book House Institute, Niknam Hosseini-pour, and Iran’s cultural attaché in India, Mohammad-Ali Rabbani attended the opening ceremony.
The Institute of Iran’s Cultural Exhibitions, Hafez International Publication, and Soureh-Mehr publication are showcasing 450 book titles at the Iranian pavilion.
Inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ the 2020 edition of the book fair will continue till January 12 at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi, the book fair has been themed ‘Gandhi: the Writers’ Writer,’ and is set to host over 600 exhibitors.
The theme highlights the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his influence on some of the major authors of Indian literature in the country and abroad. The fair will focus on the multi-dimensions of Gandhi as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, printer as well as an excellent mass communicator.
Over 600 exhibitors are exhibiting their books in different languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bangla, Maithili, Malayalam, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu in over 1300 stalls at the venue.
Visitors can come and be a part of literary events and discussions, book launches, conversations with authors, film screenings and cultural programs, among others.
Delegates from nearly 20 countries including China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, the UAE, the UK, and the US are showcasing their publishing products.
Apart from literary and publishing conferences and events, the fair is a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia.