International Kolkata Book Fair is a jewel in the crown of City of Joy for all book lovers across the globe. Every year it sets the new standard to uplift the quality and diversity to encompass the great expectations of Book Lovers.
This year Kolkata Book Fair will seal the fate as unforgettable event as legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee will receive the France’s highest civilian award Legion of Honour during the 42nd edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair in January 2018.
This edition will see France as Theme country for world’s most visited book fair and the planning is to present the award to the evergreen actor at his ripe age of 80+ on the inaugural day of the event in the presence of its Minister of Culture Francoise Nyssen, a senior French official said on Tuesday. It is also expected that CM and other VVIPs across the globe will mark the occasion.
Damien Syed, Consul General of France in Kolkata was excited to express his feels about the award handover ceremony what he said during the announcement and logo unveiling event of the book fair here at Kolkata is really heart felt experience for all.
“Soumitra Chatterjee is not just an actor, he is a legend. The award was announced in June. But we waited for the perfect occasion to hand him the award. The book fair seems to be a perfect backdrop as our Minister of Culture would also be present in the city at that time,”
“It is a befitting occasions to hand him the award as a French minister would be visiting the city after seven years. We felt it would be more prestigious and impactful if he is handed over the award by the minister, who herself is a writer and a noted publisher in France,” he pointed out.
The upcoming edition of the book fair would be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a new venue in Central Park Mela Grounds in Salt Lake and would be held from January 31 to February 11.
French pavilion in this edition, entitled ‘Experience: The Digital Journey of France’, would focus on highlighting various aspects of Indo-French relations.
“It is wonderful to see France as the main focus country in the Kolkata book fair. The French pavilion in the fair would be uniquely designed to portray different aspects of Indo-French relationships in the past, present and future,” the consul general said.
The ongoing ‘Bonjour India Festival’, organised by the cultural wing of the French Embassy in different Indian cities on the occasion of the 70th year of Indo-France diplomatic relationship, would observe its closing ceremony at the Kolkata book fair.
Mr. Tridib Chatterjee along with the organizing team of Kolkata Book Fair must be gearing up for creating History in the History of Kolkata Book Fair.