Tirupati Book Festival begins today


The eagerly-awaited eighth annual edition of Tirupati Book Festival, organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s (BVB) Tirupati Kendra, will begin on Saturday at Sri Venkateswara High School from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bibliophiles can surely clear a row in their bookshelves as the fest offers a wide range of books for the old and young alike.

This year’s fest would house more than 70 stalls stacked up with Telugu and English books from various publishers across the country, maintained BVB’s honorary director N. Satyanarayana Raju.

“The book festival, since its inception in 2006, is frequented by thousands of book lovers in and around the city. “This time, as a mark of respect, books would be carried in a ‘palanquin procession’ from Mahati Auditorium to S.V. High School grounds before the launch of the event,” he added.

Everyday from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., two readers would get a chance to share their views on their favourite books at the programme – ‘A good book I have read’. Besides the book exhibition, cultural programmes depicting Indian culture and heritage would also be held at the venue.

Chittoor District Collector K. Ramgopal, TTD’s executive officer M.G. Gopal, SVIMS director and vice-chancellor B. Vengamma, SPMVV registrar P. Vijayalakshmi and others would take part in the inaugural function.

The nine-day festival would close on February 9 (Sunday). For more details contact: 9032969444.

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