The International Book Fair in Kolkata, internationally known by its name of the Calcutta Book Fair is the most prestigious book fair in Asia and takes place every year in January. Access to the exhibition is reserved for professionals, publishers, literary agents, major distributors. Each of the pavilions of the Fair, some of which are organized into two or three superimposed floors is dedicated to a geographic area or commodity specific.
It was founded in 1976 by the association of booksellers Kolkata Publishers' and Booksellers' Guild and is one of the largest book fairs in the world. The city also has a centuries old tradition of book fairs. Hosts 2 million visitors to over 9,000 exhibitors the first figure represents a world record. Each year focuses in particular the production and culture of a country.
The lounge is open to professionals and to the public and the exhibitors large and small publishers and representatives of the publishing industry. As part of the Fair were presented popular books, informative, educational, academic, photographic books, on art , civilization. The event is also relevant because the publishing houses in Calcutta alone produce about three-fifths of the books in the Bengali language printed in the world.
There are stands of private publishing houses and government agencies around the world, and retailers of books, videos, and other media, and in the course of about three weeks that comprise the exhibition there held lectures, readings and other public events, both in Bengali and in English, as well as in other languages.
The stated target of the fair is the average Indian, and the material is subject to the mainstream in the frame of the exhibition there are outdoor activities and performances, such as fireworks.
Over the years, the show has gradually expanded view of their initiatives is chosen for each edition a theme for conferences, meetings and publications are invited editors and writers of a host country every year there are hundreds of conferences, meetings with prominent protagonists of the world of culture, presentations of new publications, educational activities that allow children to approach reading with animations, workshops and theatrical performances.