The 21st Patna Book Fair which commenced on 7th November 2014 has been drawing good number of visitors from all age group. The popular book fair will end on November 17th. The fair is being organized by Centre for Readership Development (CRD). It is being held at its regular venue - Gandhi Maidan. Students are coming in large number in the fair.
Around 250 publishers are participating in the 12-day long fair. The total number of stall is above 600. Like last year, this time also, the fair has a theme - 'Child awareness and representation of Women'. Sangeet Natak Akademy is organizing 'Deshaj' festival where a number of artist from different parts of the country will be performing on various themes. The show is scheduled at 6:00 PM every evening. The Film Festival is scheduled from Nov 8 to Nov 12. The entry is free for the school children on producing the identity cards. College's student is also free on producing the identity card, except on Saturday and Sunday. The fair is open from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on weekdays. On Saturday and Sunday, it is opened from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Last year over 7 lakh visitor had arrived at the book fair. The organizers are hoping to get more visitors this time.
The Patna Book Fair is being organized from 1985 under the banner of CRD. Last year there was attempt to get the international tag for it. However it did not succeed. This time Chief Minister has assured to take up the issue with the Ministry of HRD, New Delhi.