BANGALORE: Kannada Book Authority is organising a three-day exhibition-cum-sale of Kannada books at Ravindra Kalakshetra.
The exhibition, conducted over the last six years, witnessed over 68 stalls this year. Publishing houses from across the state including Mysore, Bellary and Hampi put-up their stalls. Apart from Government book houses, many private book houses like Prism Book House, Sudha Book House, Chethan Book House among others participated in the event. In an effort to promote Kannada books, a discount of 25 per cent to 50 per cent was given on each book purchased at the exhibition.
Assistant Director of Kannada University, Hampi, K L Rajashekhar said, “We have displayed books exclusively on South-Indian culture and other books which are not available in the regular market. We have a great demand for these books and we have got a good response in the city.” Kannada University, Hampi, has taken the effort to publish more than 1,000 books in the last 20 years.
He added, “These books help the research students and scholars. In this stall , we are giving a discount of 50 per cent on every book that a customer purchases.”
Books spanning different genres including fiction, religious literature, children’s books were on display. The exhibition saw a good response from the visitors on the second day. “I visit book exhibitions regularly. We get to see some rare books that are not available in the market easily. I am glad that initiatives to promote Kannada culture and language are taken by the government,” said M Gangadhar, a visitor. The book fair continues till Sunday.