With an effort to develop reading habit particularly among youths, Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth organised a three-day book fair on its premises in Dhanmondi, that ended yesterday.
The fair also aimed at upholding the life and works of the late Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq, a distinguished scholar.
Arranged at a niche scale, it featured 10 reputed publishing houses -- including University Press Limited, Adorn Publication, Shahitya Prakash, Prothoma Prakashan, Daily Star Books and Bengal Publications.
The fair drew interest from a host of bookworms from different parts of the city.
Books of different genres including novels, essays, biographies, books on Bangladesh’s Liberation War, and translations of world classics were on display.
Books were sold at discount prices, said organisers and salespersons at different stalls.
SM Rakibur Rahman, a salesperson at Bengal Publications, said apart from selling books, their aim was also to encourage people to read more.
“Samaj Rashtra Bibartan”, a compilation of solo lectures delivered by reputed personalities at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Distinguished Lectures, was an attraction at the stall.
On the other hand, Daily Star Books displayed Syed Abul Maksud’s “Bangali Musalmaner Buddhibrittik Bibhrom O Biswashinota” and Chenggish Khan’s “Abul Mansur Ahmad-er Jibondarshan O Srijonbhuban”, among others.
Zahid Hasan of Daily Star Books said people’s interest for printed book have reduced at present. One reason could be that all kinds of books are now available at online shops, he said.
The Bidyapeeth is a library built based on the rich personal collections of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq. It is a wing of Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation.
Abdur Rahman Rashed, a senior executive of the Bidyapeeth, said to fulfil the dream of Abdur Razzaq, they encourage youths to dedicate themselves in practicing knowledge through various initiatives.
Arranging the book fair is such an initiative, he said, adding that they also organise a regular lecture series featuring reputed authors and academicians.
“We want to build a bridge between old school and new school thoughts,” he further said.
Rashed said they will expand the fair in future to accommodate more publishing houses.