SILCHAR, Dec 15 - The 24th Silchar Book Fair got underway at the Bipin Pal ground here on Monday. Organised by the Silchar Book Fair committee, the fair was declared open by the chief guest Dr Ardhendu Kumar Dey, MLA Hojai and president of Assam Linguistic Minority Council in the presence of other distinguished dignitaries, including noted poetess from Bangladesh, Lovely Choudhury.
Veteran journalist-poet Paritosh Paul Choudhury, who is the president of the fair organising committee, said that this is the oldest fair in Northeast catering to the needs of the book lovers every year.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ardhendu Dey reflected upon his boyhood days spent in Silchar and said that the city has a great history of authors and readers with superlative passion for good books. He wished that the collection of books will meet the demands of the readers this time as well.
On the other hand, he recited some lines from his poem written on the historic language movement of 1961 in Barak Valley.
There are over 50 stalls with publishers from different parts of Northeast, Kolkata and other parts, including local publishers in the fair which will continue till December 25. Four books were released on the opening day.