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Kochi International Book Festival Concludes successfully

The best companion, friend and guide; Books takes us to the wondrous world of letters, knowledge, feelings, emotions and imagination which no other medias can do.

The ten days long book fest which indeed was a festival in literature and spirit. The fest started on 29th of November 2014 at Ernakulathappan Grounds Ernakulam.The inaugural function began at 5 pm. With praises of almighty by Deepthy Rajagopal.
Welcome speech delivered by Sri. K. Radhakrishnan Director of Antharashtra Pusthakotsavam. Justice. R. Bhaskaran Chairman Antharashtra Pusthakostsavam gave the Presidential Address.

Uplifting the young minds and morals Sri. K.C. Joseph Hon Minister for Cultural Affairs explicitly said that Political interventions should never take place with libraries, books or reading in his Keynote Address.

Sri Sethu Chairman NBT inaugurated the function, advising a clear view for free thinking. When once the old generation, the ruling group and the pressure groups were feared from free thinking. All the way long these hurdles were survived by the books.

The 18th Kochi International book fest inauguration took place by handing over the bulletin by Prof. K. V. Thomas MP to Prof. B. Madhusoodhanana Kurup V.C Kerala University of Fisheries’ and Ocean Studies.

Dr K. S. Radhakrishnan Chairman PSC Kerala gave us the message, of how there was a decrease in entertainment reading and the greater shares has gone to serious reading sides.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Adv. M. Sasisankar Gen Secretary Antharashtra Pusthakostsavam.

At 7:00 pm the day was concluded with a classical performance by Smt. Roopa George Curtains came down on the 10-day ‘Kochi International Book Festival’

on Monday, clocking footfalls of around 1.5 lakh visitors.While inaugurating the valedictory function, GCDA chairman N Venugopal commented that the book festival holds a special place in the minds of bookworms in the city, even in this digital age.

On the occasion, the organising committee requested the authorities concerned to erect a statue in honour of Justice V R Krishna Iyer in the city.

“We also want the Jose Junction to be named after the eminent jurist, where Iyer lived,” said E N Nandakumar, secretary of the committee. Writer K L Mohanavarma was chief guest. National Book Society was given the best publisher award while Navaneeth Education Centre the best stall award.

About 240 publishers are took part in the exhibition, organised by the Antharashtra Pusthakotsava Samithi.

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