French Festival At Kolkata Book Fair


Kolkata: A digital travelling pavilion is coming to the 42nd edition of International Kolkata Book Fair, which will begin on January 31. It will be held at the Central Park in Salt Lake with 29 participant countries.

Actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay will be conferred the Legion d’Honneur by the French government as part of the festival. He will also be awarded the CESC Srishti Samman.

Tridib Chatterjee, general secretary of Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which is organising the fair, said French minister of culture and communication, Francoise Nyssen, will be present at the inauguration along with chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

It is part of France’s Bonjour India festival, celebrating the historical and cultural ties between the two countries, which will conclude at the fair. The fair’s theme being France, the country’s consulate is all set to make a memorable conclusion. French consul general Damien Syed said the pavilion will showcase much of the unknown bond between the two countries. The festival will also feature Chandannagar and Pondicherry, parts of the former French colony.