Hyderabad National Book Fair to honour Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Gaddar, Srihari

Hyderabad: The 36th edition of the Hyderabad National Book Fair is set to take place at the NTR Stadium grounds from February 9 to 19.

Juluru Gaurishankar, the president of the book fair, announced that the prestigious event will be inaugurated by state minister for culture Jupalli Krishna Rao.

Emulating the success of the book fair held in Calcutta last January, which drew over 29 lakh book lovers, Hyderabad aims to achieve similar attendance. The objective is to utilise book exhibitions as educational tools to foster knowledge in Telangana.

The entrance is dedicated to late Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, former managing editor of The Siasat Daily, in recognition of his significant contributions to journalism. The venue for this year’s book exhibition is named after the civil rights activist Gaddar, while the stage bears the name of Ravwa Srihari.

A monument honouring Telangana martyrs will also be erected on the exhibition premises.

Gaurishankar outlined a series of literary and cultural programmes scheduled from February 10 to 18. These events will take place daily from 2 pm to 8:30 pm, and from 1 pm to 9 pm on weekends.

The exhibition will feature renowned publishers from various states, offering book enthusiasts access to 365 stalls and a vast array of books in multiple languages. Special programmes will be organised daily to cultivate a passion for reading among children.

The organisers said that entry is free for children, teachers, and journalists. Each day will feature cultural programmes lasting two to four hours and literary programmes from four to eight hours.