The Manipuri community organizes its first book fair


The one-day fair ran from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and was attended by enthusiastic visitors, especially children. Photo: Star

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The one-day fair ran from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and was attended by enthusiastic visitors, especially children. Photo: Star

For the first time, a book fair was organized for the Manipuri community in Moulvibazar, in a festive manner.

The “Manipuri Larikki Mela-2021” graced on Thursday the premises of the Manipuri cultural complex in the village of Tetaigaon in Kamalganj upazila, marking the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

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Freedom fighter Maymom Monmohan Singh opened the fair, organized by Bangladesh Manipuri Sahitya Sangsad (BMSS). A discussion took place during the inauguration.

“We organized the fair with the aim of preserving the language, literature, culture and heritage of the Manipuri community for future generations. The fair features over a thousand books, ”said Shonaton Hamom, BMSS member secretary.

Poet and researcher Prof Nripendra Lal Das was the main guest of the discussion program, which was also attended by writers, poets and journalists.

The festival was divided into three sessions: the inauguration, the discussion and a cultural program during the closing ceremony.

Visiting the show, this correspondent spoke with several visitors. One of them, HSC student Onanna Singha, said: “I have attended several book fairs, but this one is special because of its special focus on the community of Manipuri.

A total of 12 stands – featuring a range of publications – were set up at the fair. Publishing houses told this correspondent that sales were satisfactory.

Author Maiban Sadhan from Dhaka, publisher and owner of Teuri Prokashon, who set up a booth at the fair, said such events bring clarity to the nation.

Poet Jabed Bhuiyan, central member of Bangladesh Pragati Lekhak Sangha, told this correspondent: “Books can play a big role in the development of children, which is why it was encouraging to see them appear in numbers.

He also said that visitors demanded the regular organization of such fairs.

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