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Publishers and Booksellers Guild

PUBLISHERS & BOOKSELLERS GUILD

One of the premier forums of the country’s book world, the Publishers & Booksellers Guild was founded in the year 1975. The Guild comes in a big way with the object of promoting reading habits amongst the people and extending help to the publishers and booksellers in the successful pursuance of their trade. The Guild helps people in need to become part of a real community – somewhere they can find ideas, advice and information. The Guild helps them by providing a forum to exchange ideas and resources. Smaller companies need a loud collective voice and the strength to make an impact in the wider society. Again, the Guild provides them the platform. The activity of the Guild stretches far beyond this. Being a social organisation, Guild is quite aware of its social obligations and within limited resources, tries its best to discharge its duties.

PARTICIPATING IN BOOK FAIRS -- NATIONAL & REGIONAL PRESENCE

The Publishers and Booksellers Guild is an integral part of book fairs and festivals across the country and participates with its – ‘Books from Bengal’  section, to give an idea of the kind of publishing that happens here. Among the important fairs that the Guild participates in are,

  • World Book Fair in New Delhi
  • Agartala Book Fair in Tripura
  • North-East Book Fair in Guwahati
  • Lucknow Bangla Boi Mela
  • Uttar Pradesh Bangla Festival at Kanpur
  • Delhi Children Book Fair
  • Basanti Puja Book Fair at Pune
  • Kabipaksha Boi Mela at Nandan, Kolkata
  • Soimela
  • Children Book Fair in Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata in collaboration with Sishu Kishore Akademi, Govt. of West Bengal
  • Book exhibition for observing Library Day organised by State Central Library, Kolkata
  • Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijaan Book Fairs During the festival season in Autumn, the Guild attends the puja festivals in Mumbai, Secunderabad, Noida, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai with a wide variety of Bengali
    books.

ORGANISING BOOK FAIRS

The Guild also helps organising book fairs in West Bengal as well as in other parts of the country. Important among them are

  • Nababarsha Boi Utsab on the occasion of Bengali New Year
  •  Book Bazar, organized to enable booklovers collect old and rare books at a
    nominal price.
  • ‘Tomar Aamar Boimela’ organized randomly at Housing Complexes having about
    400 residents, over weekends.
  • Grame Grame Boimela, organising fairs at school complexes in rural areas of different districts of West Bengal.
  • Barak Book Fair
  • Bangur Book Fair
  • Naihati Book Fair
  • Dhanbad Book Fair

GLOBAL PRESENCE

The Guild participates in a number of international book fairs in order to showcase books from Bengal and Eastern India.

  • Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Beijing International Book Fair
  • Moscow International Book Fair
  • London Book Fair
  • Antorjatik Bangla Sahitya Sammelan, Dhaka
  • North American Bengali Conference (NABC)

The Guild has compiled a ‘Rights Catalog’ of important books which may be of interest to foreign publishers. The catalog, which is in a continuous process of updation, will help visiting representatives to initiate talks about translation, co-publishing and/or joint publishing rights.

OTHER SERVICE

Free transport of books for the benefit of publishers who participate in book fair outside Bengal organised by Guild Collecting and delivering books to the districts of West Bengal ordered by the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation. Setting up of Special pavilions to promote reading habit among the children and teenagers.

SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES

Donation of books to poor meritorious students through different social welfare organizations.

  • Organising free health-check camp for people engaged in publication world.
  • Helps to alleviate misery in the event of natural disasters & Act of God.
  • In Amherst Street (Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani) is situated Children’s Happy Home, a school where most of the students hail from economically challenged
    families. For the support of these children, Publishers and Booksellers Guild decided to take the following initiatives 1) Provision of free school uniforms to
    all students, 2) Setting up a library consisting of Bengali, Hindi and English books, 3)providing tiffin on all the school days, 4) organising a free health
    check up once in a month.

EDUCATIONAL COURSE

A Post Graduate Diploma course in Book Publishing is being organized by the Guild jointly with Calcutta University since 2005. Pass outs are getting opportunities to get placed in established publishing houses or are even being helped to start their own ventures.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Every year the Guild publishes a comprehensive catalogue of books published from Eastern India FAIR DIRECTORY & BANGLA PRAKASHANA
BOIMELA, the Bengali journal of the Guild containing information about books, interviews, stories, criticism and rare & unpublished articles of great yesteryear
writers is published thrice in a year. A desk-top calendar is released every year commemorating events and highlighting interesting topics, for book lovers.

President  Shri Tridib Kumar Chatterjee
Vice Presidents Shri  Asok De, Shri Sribindu Bhattacharya
Hony. General Secretary Shri Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey
Hony. Jt. Secretary Shri Raju Barman
Hony. Treasurer Shri Prabir Kumar Mazumdar
Executive Committee Members

Shri Ashok Narayan Barman
Shri Milinda De
Shri Pinaki Mazumdar
Shri Subhankar Dey
Shri Tapas Saha
Shri Yogesh J. Tanna 

MEMBERS

Shri Anil Acharya
Anusptup Patrika & Prakashani
2E, Nabin Kundu Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Jayanta Bagchi
P. M. Bagchi & Co. Pvt. Ltd.
38B Masjid Bari Street
Kolkata 700 006

Shri Somnath Bal
Shaibya Prakashan Bibhag
86/1, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Kolkata-700009

Shri Samik Bandyopadhyay
Thema
46, Satish Mukherjee Road
Kolkata 700 026

Shri Ashoke Kumar Barik
Bharati Book Stall
6B, Ramanath Mazumdar Street
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Pradip Kr. Barik
Ajanta Publishers
6B, Ramanath Mazumdar Street
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Ashok Narayan Barman
Family Book Shop
1A, Park Street
Kolkata 700 016

Shri Raju Barman
Rupa & Company
15 Bankim Chatterjee Street
Kolkata – 700073

Shri Deb Kumar Basu
Mousumi Prakashani
1A, College Row
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Sribindu Bhattacharya
Best Books
1A, College Row
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Sudeb Bose
Flat No 2A, Block M
11 Mayfair Road
Kolkata 700019

Shri Tridib Kumar Chatterjee
Patra Bharati
1/1, Brindaban Mallick Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Debajyoti Datta
Shishu Sahitya Samsad Pvt. Ltd.
32A, A. P. C. Road
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Subrata Duttagupta
Vostok
18A, Lake View Road
Kolkata 700 029

Shri Asok De
Eastern Law House Pvt. Ltd.
54, Ganesh Chandra Avenue
Kolkata 700 013

Shri Milinda De
Sarat Book House
18B, Shymacharan Dey Street
Kolkata 700 073

Shri Sovik De
Eastern Law House Pvt. Ltd.
54, Ganesh Chandra Avenue
Kolkata 700 013

Shri Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey
Dey’s Publishing
13, Bankim Chatterjee Street
Kolkata 700 073

Shri Subhankar Dey
Kamalini Prakashan Bibhag
13, Bankim Chatterjee Street
Kolkata 700 073

Shri Asoke Ghosh
111 Rimjhim House
Patpargunj, Industrial Estate
Delhi 110092

Ms Puspita Ghosh
111 Rimjhim House
Patpargunj, Industrial Estate
Delhi 110092

Shri Harish Golani
Kwality Book Company
31, Lenin Sarani
Kolkata 700 013

Shri Mahesh Golani
Kwality Book Company
37B/1C, Block-B
New Alipore, Kolkata 700 053

Shri Pinaki Mazumdar
Chuckervertty, Chatterjee & Co Ltd
15 Bankim Chatterjee Street
Kolkata 700073

Shri Prabir Kumar Mazumdar
21/1, Jhamapukur Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Jayant Manaktala
Flat 43, Shalimar Apartments
42B, Shakespeare Sarani
Kolkata 700017

Shri N. K. Mehra
Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.
22, Daryaganj, Delhi Medical Assn. Rd.
New Delhi 110 017

Shri Sascha Mehra
Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.
22, Daryaganj, Delhi Medical Assn. Rd.
New Delhi 110 017

Shri Tapan Kumar Mukherjee
South City Garden
Tower-6, Flat 3D
61 B.L. Saha Road
Kolkata 700053

Shri Desh Bandhu Nagpal
8A Talbagan Lane, Park Circus
Kolkata 700017

Shri Sabitendranath Roy
Mitra & Ghosh Pvt. Ltd.
10, Shyamacharan Dey Street
Kolkata 700 073

Shri Tapas Saha
Puthipatra (Calcutta) Pvt. Ltd.
9, Antony Bagan Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Ranjan Kumar Sarkar
Ananda Publishers Pvt. Ltd
45, Beniatola Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Samit Sarkar
M. C. Sarkar & Sons Pvt. Ltd.
14, Bankim Chatterjee Street
Kolkata 700 073

Shri Kalyan Shah
56/9 Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Pramila Apartment 1st Floor (Chowrasta)
Kolkata 700008

Shri Yogesh J. Tanna
Mansi Publishing House
1A College Row
Kolkata 700 009

HONORARY MEMBERS

Shri Priyabrata Deb
Pratikshan
38B Ananda Palit Road
St George’s Church Compound
Kolkata 700014

Shri Subir Mitra
Ananda Publishers Pvt. Ltd
45, Beniatola Lane
Kolkata 700 009

Shri Nabi Choudhury
Advocate
FD 49 Salt Lake City Sector III
Kolkata 700106

Shri Bamacharan Mukherjee
Karuna Prokashani
18A Tamer Lane
Kolkata 700009

Shri Dibyajyoti Mukherjee
430 Madhurdaha Kalikapur
Kolkata 700107

Shri J.K. Sen
4A/1 Dharmatala Road
Kasba, Kolkata 700 042

Ms Sujata Sen
Flat 2A, Mrinmoyee
44 Ballygunge Place
Kolkata 700019

Shri Samir Goswami
First Innings
Flat No 403, 4th Floor
104/5 Ramlal Dutta Road
Bhadrakali, Hoogly 712232

• Donation of books to poor meritorious students through different social welfare organizations.
• Organising free health-check camp for people engaged in publication world.
• Helps to alleviate misery in the event of natural disasters & Act of God.
• In Amherst Street (Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani) is situated Children’s Happy Home, a school where most of the students hail from economically challenged families. For the support of these children, Publishers and Booksellers Guild decided to take the following initiatives 1) Provision of free school uniforms to all students, 2) Setting up a library consisting of Bengali, Hindi and English books, 3)providing tiffin on all the school days, 4) organising a free health check up once in a month.

The International Kolkata Book Fair has been recognized by International Publishers Association, Geneva as the largest book fair in terms of number of visitors
Publishers from different parts of the country and abroad regularly participate in this book fair which commences in the month of January every year. Here the booklovers come across a huge variety of books from all over the world.
Every year a country is invited to participate as the Focal Theme to showcase its literature and culture.
Countries from all continents participate in the fair and delegations consisting of authors, artists and critics visit the fair to exchange views with their counterparts in India on this occasion.
A number of important seminars, symposia, lectures and debates attended by leading speakers from all over the world are also organized during the fair.