Thiruvananthapuram, February 8: Books are human’s best friends. They are the eternal escape for us. Then why don’t we celebrate them like festivals? Kerala brings you the street book festival named as “Manaveeyam Veedhi' for the street books sellers, book vendors and also the publishers on either sides of the roads.
The festival has initiated from today which is 8th February ad will extend till 12th February. The festival will serve the platform for over 30 book stalls. In this five day festival the readers will get an opportunity to watch the cultural performances and experience the ethnic side of the festival. Besides book stalls cultural performances along with dramas is just the cherry on the cake for the readers. Among the daily visitors will include large numbers of students from schools and colleges in and around the city.This festival is all set to amaze the readers and other enthusiast who define themselves as ‘book-worms’.
A bunch of programmes ranging from exhibition to mural paintings on display, magic shows to the staging dramas would offer a feast for art lovers. Corporation Mayor V. K. Prasanth said that the participation of writers, artists, playwrights and magicians are expected to make the event livelier. Eminent poets like Sugathakumari, V Madhoosudhanan Nair and Prabha Verma are expected to take part in cultural meeting during the festival.
Also prominent publishers from either sides of the roads are participating in the event displaying wide collection of novels, biographies, travel publications, children’s books, and reference materials.
Experts from different fields including media, film, literature and culture would participate in the discussions to be held along with the book festival. ‘Theruvukooth’, a Dravidian art, and commemorative programmes dedicated to late poets including ONV Kurup and Vinayachandran would be among the other highlights of the event, the organisers added.