The annual Chennai Book Fair organised by the Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), is back, with the dates of the event being announced. According to sources, the 38th edition of the exhibition is scheduled to be held from 9 January to 21 January at the YMCA Physical Education College Ground in Nandanam.
The applications to the book stalls, which are expected to be over 500, are yet to be issued. Sources say that the 2015`s event would consist of fewer stalls as compared to previous years, as the width of the walkway is to be increased, and that there would be one less row of book booths.
The 12-day long exhibition is regarded as the second largest book fair in the country with books of various authors and publishing houses on offer. Over the years, the event has been widely praised for its visitor-friendly arrangements which include adequate first-aid options, sanitary and parking facilities and refreshment counters.
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Chennai Book Fair
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Chennai Book Fair
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The Book Fair Entrance
VenueY. M. C. A Ground
InauguratedDecember 14, 1977
Attendance600,000 in 2007
Chennai Book Fair or Madras Book Fair is an annual book fair organized in the Chennai, India by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI). This is the largest exhibition for publishers to showcase their books. The fair typically lasts for about 10 days during the New Year-Pongal season. The fair is usually held between the last week of December and the third week of January.(1)
The Chennai Book Fair is one of the biggest book fairs in the country with almost all major publishers of India participating in it. All major Tamil publishing houses participate in this fair including Kizhakku Pathippagam, South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Publishing Society Ltd., Tamil Puthgalayam, Paari Nilayam, Vanathi Pathippagam, Thirumagal Nialayam, Ainthinai Pathippagam, The Alliance, Prema Pirasuram, Narmadha Pathippagam, Nakkeran Pathippagam, Viva books, Sura Books, Tiger Books(Ideal Guides), Kavitha Pathippagam, Uma Pathippagam, Vikatan Publications, Sri Indu Publications, Poongodi Pathippagam, Kaalachuvadu, Bharathi Puthkalayam, Kannadasan Pathippagam, Arunodhayam, Palaniappa Publication, Sree Shenbaga Pathippagam, Periyar Self Respect, Sri Ramakrishna Matt, ISCKON, Thamarai Noolagam, Universal Publisher participate in this exhibition. Multinational participants include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pustak Mahal, Higginbotham’s, Orient Longman, Macmillan Publishers, Tata McGraw-Hill, S. Chand and Co., India Book House, British Council, The Hindu and Asian Educational Services. The 2009 fair had over 600 stalls representing most major publishing companies in India and was held between January 8 and January 18, 2009.
The Chennai Book Fair is considered to be one of the events in the Chennai cultural calendar along with the Chennai music season.
2 Recent editions
2.1 32nd Chennai Book Fair, 2009
3 34th Book Fair
5 36th Book Fair
7 External links
The First Madras Book Fair was organized in Madras between December 14 and December 24, 1977, by The Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India(BAPASI), an association with major publishing companies of Tamil Nadu, especially Madras, & South India.(2)(3)(4) The first Madras Book Fair had 22 stalls and was held at the Madrasa-I-Azam school.(4) The first six book fairs were successful mainly due to the efforts of K. V. Mathew of BI Publications, who was responsible for the growth of the book fair in its early years.(4) Mr. Mathew has also organized an annual book fair for students.(4) The Student Book Fair, however, hasn’t been as successful as the Chennai Book Fair.(4)
The first four editions of the book fair were held in the Madrasa-I-Azam school. In 1981, the book fair moved to the YMCA grounds in Royapettah, Chennai. The 1982 edition was organized at the Drive-In restaurant. The book fairs gradually rose in popularity. At the 12th Madras Book Fair held between December 22, 1989, and January 1, 1990, Tamil translations of WHO publications were put on sale.(5) The success of the Chennai Book Fair prompted BAPASI to start similar book fairs at Udagamandalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Pondicherry and Tiruchirapalli.
The early editions were held in the last weeks of December and ended in the first week of January in order to coincide with the Christmas-New Year holidays. However, in the late nineties, the fair was moved to mid-January to coincide with the Pongal festive season.
The 24th Chennai Book Fair experienced a spurt in the number of Tamil language publishers the majar role played by the then President Chandrasekar Higginbothams, Secretary Alliance Sreenivasan and the then committee members. Of the 180 publication houses who participated in the book fair, 80 were Tamil publication houses, a remarkable increase since the 23rd fair in which there was only one stall devoted to Tamil publications.(6) The book fair celebrated its silver jubilee in 2002 coinciding with the 50th anniversary celebrations of BAPASI. The fair was held for 15 days instead of the usual 11-day affair.(7) The 26th book fair was held between January 9 and January 19, 2003 and had a total of about 272 stalls.(8) 300,000 people visited the 26th book fair.(9) The revenue was estimated to over Rs. 6 crores.(9) The 27th book fair, inaugurated by the then Tamil Nadu Education Minister N. Semmalai and held between January 9 and January 19, 2004, had over 310 stalls, including 10 stalls allotted for state government departments, with over 200 publishers from all over India participating in it.(9) The 28th book fair was inaugurated by Chennai mayor S. P. Thiagarajan on January 7, 2005.(10)(11) The 29th book fair was inaugurated on January 6, 2006 by K. Kalimthu, Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and was made of 375 stalls. The fair lasted till the 16th of January.(12) In 2007, due to traffic congestion and the need for more space for the stalls,(13) the venue for the annual book fair was changed from Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College to St. George’ School in Kilpauk.(14) The 2007 book fair had a total of 474 stalls.(13) and for the first time, featured works of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, on an extensive scale.(15) Over 600,000 people visited the 30th book fair.
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YearEditionVenueAreaNumber of stallsParticipantsVisitorsDays heldRevenue
200124Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College18011 days
200225Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College15 days
200326Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College272300,0009–19 January (11 days)INR 60 million
200427Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College310200540,0009–19 January (11 days)
200528Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College700,0007–17 January (11 days)
INR 60 million
200629Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College3756–16 January (11 days)
200730St George’s Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk474600,000
200831St George’s Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk700,000
200932St George’s Anglo-Indian School, KilpaukOver 600Over 1,000,0008–17 January (10 days)INR 70 million
201134St George’s Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk150,000 sq ft646
201235St George’s Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk100,000 sq ft6875–17 January (13 days)
201336YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam180,000 sq ft746450900,00011–23 January (13 days)INR 120 million(16)
201437YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam200,000 sq ft77710–22 January (13 days)
32nd Chennai Book Fair, 2009(edit)
35th Chennai Book Fair, 2012
The 32nd Chennai Book Fair was inaugurated at St George’s Anglo-Indian School, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai, by former President of India Abdul Kalam on January 8, 2009.(3)(17) and lasted ten days.(18) The 2009 edition had over 600 stalls(19) and was attended by over one million people,(18) amongst whom were Chennai historian S. Muthiah, businessman Nalli Kuppuswami Chetty and Gnani.(19) Second-hand pavement shops outside the fair also did a good business.(20) Book publishers made a cumulative sale of approximately INR 70 million.(18)
34th Book Fair(edit)
The 14-day fair was held at St. George’s Anglo Indian School on Poonamallee High Road. The fair included 646 stalls, spread over 1.5 lakh sq.ft. Over 1 million titles were on sale. Book publishers from New Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, Bangalore and various parts of Tamil Nadu participated in the fair.
The Chennai Book Fair is considered to be one of the biggest events in the Chennai cultural calendar along with the Chennai music season.(21) In addition to book stalls, there are food and refreshment stalls to serve the needs of hungry visitors. Regular debates, contests and speeches are held at the venue. In recent times, movie clippings of films of international renown are filmed at the venue of the fair. Annual awards to the best writer and the best publisher are given at the fair.(22)
36th Book Fair(edit)
36th Chennai Book Fair was held between January 11 and 23, 2013, at YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam due to the construction of CMRL (Chennai Metro Rail) at E.V.R Periyar Salai. It had 747 stalls in a 180,000-square-foot area, with 450 participants and 1 million titles.(23)(24)
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