33rd Calcutta Book Fair 2009 - Kolkata Boimela 2009 - Exclusive WBRi Audiovisual & Video Coverage

The Kolkata Book Fair is the most awaited annual cultural event of the city of Calcutta. It is Asia's biggest and the world's largest non-trade book fair but there have been controversies regarding the venue of the event. The Publishers and Booksellers' Guild, organizers of the book fair, had to shift the venue from the Maidan to Salt Lake in 2007 after environmental activists won a legal battle to stop the event from being held in the city's green area. However the venue was slightly difficult to reach and so despite financial concerns of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild (PBG), the Calcutta Book Fair 2009 was held at Milan Mela Prangan, situated on the EM Bypass, the alternative venue developed by the communist West Bengal State Government for the event.

This year, for the first time, the Publishers and Booksellers' Guild released a Calcutta Book Fair Theme Song "Oi Daakchey Boi" produced by Cozmik Harmony - a partner of Washington Bangla Radio pioneering the digital era of Bengali Songs. The lyrics of "Oi Daakchey Boi" are by Sugata Guha, music by the popular percussionist Bikram Ghosh, and performed by Pratik Chowdhury, Ruprekha, Rupam Islam, Lopamudra Mitra, Srikanta Acharya, Bikram Ghosh, Shubhamita, Pulak and Rupankar Bagchi.

Listen to the 33rd Calcutta Book Fair 2009 Theme Song with exclusive WBRi Pictures:




For 2009 Calcutta Boi Mela, the Focal Theme and Partner Country was Scotland, and the Honored Country of International Kolkata Book Fair 2009 was The United States of America.

Here are some exclusive Washington Bangla Radio videos of Kolkata Boi Mela 2009: