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Celebrating 50 years of cordial diplomatic relations in 2015, India invited Singapore, through the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), to be the Guest of Honour for this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), from 14 to 22 February 2015. In this exclusive interview with Kitaab’s editor-in-chief Zafar Anjum, Dr. R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of NBCDS, shares his experiences from the NDWBF.
Singapore was the Guest of Honour country at this year’s NewDelhi World Book Fair. Has this strengthened cooperation between India and Singapore?
R. Ramachandran: Our links with India has always been good professionally. What has not happened over the years is Indian public awareness of our authors and publishers. The large number of authors and publishers and the 30 programmes organised at the Fair, schools and bookshops has broken the ice and Singapore, besides being a financial centre, has also become known now as a literary and publishing hub among the Indian readers. This awareness would lead to more publishers being interested in our books as they would be saleable in the Indian market.
Besides, Indian reading public had been hitherto insular. They have been reading Indian tittles in English and in their local languages. As India is opening up, there is an interest in other parts of the world, particularly Asia. This became apparent when Indians bought reprinting rights to some of our fiction and non-fiction titles.
The other important factor is that the Singapore Publishers’ and writers’ perception of the quality and the range of Indian titles has greatly improved. They now know that Indian publications have reached international standards both in content and packaging and therefore would be of interest to Singaporean and ASEAN readers
Hence, I would think that the literary and publishers links would be strengthened as there would now be a business motivation behind the literary and publishing initiatives.
The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), which organises the biennial Singapore Literature Prize, has appointed three new judges in the category of English Non-Fiction to replace those who resigned in protest of the National Library Board’s (NLB) actions earlier this year.
Celebrating 50 years of cordial diplomatic relations in 2015, India has invited Singapore, through the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), to be the Guest of Honour for the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), from 14 to 22 February 2015.
Singapore has accepted the invitation and the NBDCS would project manage the booth and co-ordinate the programme with the support of National Arts Council (NAC) and the publishers, Dr. R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of NBCDS told Kitaab.
The invitation becomes one of the key highlights of the international book fair, which started in 1972 and has become one of the major calendar events in the publishing world. The NDWBF is India’s oldest book fair.