Chennai Book Fair
|Chennai Book Fair|
The Book Fair Entrance
|Venue||Y. M. C. A Ground|
|Inaugurated||December 14, 1977|
|Attendance||600,000 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). 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.
The Chennai Book Fair is the second largest book fair in the country.All major Tamil and English publishing houses participate in this fair. 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 an important event in the Chennai cultural calendar along with the Chennai music season.
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. The first Madras Book Fair had 22 stalls and was held at the Madrasa-I-Azam school. 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. Mr. Mathew has also organized an annual book fair for students. The Student Book Fair, however, hasn't been as successful as the Chennai Book Fair.
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. 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. 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. The 26th book fair was held between January 9 and January 19, 2003 and had a total of about 272 stalls. 300,000 people visited the 26th book fair. The revenue was estimated to over Rs. 6 crores. 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. The 28th book fair was inaugurated by Chennai mayor S. P. Thiagarajan on January 7, 2005. 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. In 2007, due to traffic congestion and the need for more space for the stalls, the venue for the annual book fair was changed from Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College to St. George' School in Kilpauk. The 2007 book fair had a total of 474 stalls. and for the first time, featured works of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, on an extensive scale. Over 600,000 people visited the 30th book fair.
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|Year||Edition||Venue||Area||Number of stalls||Participants||Visitors||Days held||Revenue|
|2001||24||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||180||11 days|
|2002||25||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||15 days|
|2003||26||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||272||300,000||9–19 January (11 days)||₹ 60 million|
|2004||27||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||310||200||540,000||9–19 January (11 days)|
|2005||28||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||700,000||7–17 January (11 days)||
₹ 60 million
|2006||29||Quaid-e-Milleth Women's College||375||6–16 January (11 days)|
|2007||30||St George's Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk||474||600,000|
|2008||31||St George's Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk||700,000|
|2009||32||St George's Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk||Over 600||Over 1,000,000||8–17 January (10 days)||₹ 70 million|
|2011||34||St George's Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk||150,000 sq ft||646|
|2012||35||St George's Anglo-Indian School, Kilpauk||100,000 sq ft||687||5–17 January (13 days)|
|2013||36||YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam||180,000 sq ft||746||450||900,000||11–23 January (13 days)||₹ 120 million|
|2014||37||YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam||200,000 sq ft||777||10–22 January (13 days)|
|2015||38||YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam||200,000 sq ft||700||9–21 January (13 days)|
32nd Chennai Book Fair, 2009
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. and lasted ten days. The 2009 edition had over 600 stalls and was attended by over one million people, amongst whom were Chennai historian S. Muthiah, businessman Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and Gnani. Second-hand pavement shops outside the fair also did a good business. Book publishers made a cumulative sale of approximately ₹ 70 million.
34th Book Fair
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. 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.
36th Book Fair
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.
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