Shar­jah bids farewell to New Delhi World Book Fair

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Shar­jah has show­cased the unique fea­tures of Arab and Emi­rati cul­ture in the In­dian cap­i­tal, as the guest of hon­our at the 27th edi­tion of New Delhi World Book Fair, NDWBF 2019.

The nine-day book fair, which be­gan on 5th Jan­uary and con­cludes to­day, saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a host of in­ter­na­tional au­thors, in­tel­lec­tu­als, as well as lead­ing lit­er­ary and cul­tural en­ti­ties.

Shar­jah’s cul­tural del­e­ga­tion was led by Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Shar­jah’s Depart­ment of Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions, and in­cluded prom­i­nent ofi­cials of cul­tural and aca­demic en­ti­ties in Shar­jah.

The NDWBF or­gan­is­ers, the Na­tional Book Trust launched the Hindi and English trans­la­tions of the novel Bibi Fa­tima and the King’s Sons by His High­ness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muham­mad Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil and Ruler of Shar­jah at the fair’s open­ing on Jan.5.

The Shar­jah pavil­ion at the book fair was set up by the Shar­jah Book Au­thor­ity, SBA, and fea­tured the emi­rate’s prom­i­nent chil­dren’s pub­lish­ers, and other cul­tural and aca­demic en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing the Emi­rates Writ­ers Union (EWU), Emi­rates Pub­lish­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Shar­jah Depart­ment of Cul­ture, Shar­jah In­sti­tute for Her­itage, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Cen­tre for Gulf Stud­ies, Shar­jah Me­dia Cor­po­ra­tion, UAE Board on Books for Young Peo­ple, Knowl­edge with­out Bor­ders, “1001 Ti­tles” ini­tia­tive, Al Qasimi Pub­li­ca­tions, and Kal­i­mat Group.

Vis­i­tors to the fair lined up to have copies of 57 Hindi trans­la­tions of works by Emi­rati au­thors at a book sign­ing cer­e­mony. In part­ner­ship with the EWU, the SBA trans­lated these lit­er­ary works con­trib­uted by Emi­rati po­ets, nov­el­ists, re­searchers and play­wrights.

The Shar­jah pavil­ion hosted hun­dreds of In­dian vis­i­tors at their spe­cial cal­lig­ra­phy booth, where Emi­rati cal­lig­ra­pher, Khalid Al Jal­laf pre­sented them with art­works de­pict­ing their names and other mes­sages, writ­ten in sev­eral forms of Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy in­clud­ing Thu­luth, Di­wani and Naskh Is­lamic scripts. This event was or­gan­ised by the Shar­jah Depart­ment of Cul­ture in con­tin­u­a­tion of Shar­jah’s ef­forts to pro­mote Arab and Is­lamic cul­ture around the world.

Crowds gath­ered at New Delhi’s key land­marks, such as the In­dia Gate, malls like the DLF Prom­e­nade Mall and NDWBF grounds in Pra­gati Maidan to en­joy tra­di­tional Emi­rati dances like the Al Ay­ala and other her­itage shows, which were or­gan­ised by Shar­jah Her­itage In­sti­tute as part of Shar­jah’s rich cul­tural pro­gramme at the NDWBF 2019.

Shar­jah also or­gan­ised a plethora of sem­i­nars, lit­er­ary dis­cus­sions, and talks on the grow­ing scope of pub­lish­ing in the UAE, po­etry recita­tion evenings fea­tur­ing dozens of Arab and Emi­rati au­thors, in­tel­lec­tu­als and artists.

Through more than 25 events, the emi­rate brought the cul­tural vi­sion of Shar­jah that lays spe­cial em­pha­sis on bring­ing na­tions and cul­tures to­gether through vi­brant in­ter­ac­tions and ex­change of books and knowl­edge.

The cul­tural pan­els and ses­sions hosted at Shar­jah’s pavil­ion dis­cussed an ar­ray of top­ics, such as “The chal­lenges of trans­lat­ing Ara­bic lan­guage into in­ter­na­tional lan­guages”, “The his­tory of ad­dress­ing In­dia through­out the ages as pre­sented in the bi­ogra­phies and travel lit­er­a­ture by sev­eral Arab au­thors and ex­plor­ers” and “The his­tory of In­dian pres­ence in 20th cen­tury Emi­rati po­etry”.

The sev­enth edi­tion of CEO Speak, the irst fo­rum in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try in In­dia for pub­lish­ers was held on the side­lines of NDWBF. Or­gan­ised by the NBT and the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try, FICCI, the “In­dia-emi­rati Fo­rum” of­fered pub­lish­ers a com­mon plat­form to ex­plore emerg­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and dis­cuss shared chal­lenges and how to face them.

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