India will be the guest of honour at the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair that will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital from April 24 to 30. Over 1,000 publishers from 50 countries will participate in the 29th edition of the fair, reports The Khaleej Times.
The National Book Trust of India will lead a 100-strong delegation comprising celebrated authors, publishers, literary figures and artists, Smitha Pant, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian embassy, told the media here on Sunday.
“India’s participation as the guest of honour is reflective of the deep strategic ties between India and the UAE,” said Pant.
“The recently opened Zayed-Gandhi digital museum at the Manarat Al Saadiyat that showcases the teachings and life of the two great leaders is an example of the cultural cooperation that is part of the ties shared by the two countries,” she added.
She said India will have the biggest pavilion at the book fair. Apart from the eminent authors in both English and other regional languages, the pavilion will also host cultural shows, poetry sessions and workshops. (IANS)
Celebrated Indian authors are set to take the stage as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) opens for its 29th edition from Wednesday, the media reported on Monday.
With India as its guest of honour this year, the ADIBF will be showcasing the richness of the country’s culture, as well as its diversity, throughout the fair’s run from Wednesday to April 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Khaleej Times reported.
Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, “Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom”.
The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919.
Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy is slated to speak about her new book “Wake Up, Life Is Calling”.
Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him.
Smita Pant, a representative of the Indian Embassy, said: “We are thrilled to be the guest of honour at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This partnership is reflective of the historical ties we enjoy with the Arab world.
“We will be bringing a delegation of more than 100 members with us… and India will also have the biggest pavilion at this year’s event.”
A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.
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Popular pop singer Jasbir Jassi, folk music group Kutle Khan and singer-songwriter Harpreet are just some of the personalities who will be at event. (IANS)