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9thBook Festival - 2015

9th Tirupati Book Festival


To promote book reading among the populace of temple town and inculcate the habit of book reading among the students, 9th Tirupati Book Festival was flagged off with a pomp and pride by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati at S.V. High School Grounds on 31st January, 2015.

Dr. D. Sambasiva Rao, IAS, Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra; Shri Siddharth Jain, IAS, District Collector, Chittoor District; Shri V. Vinay Chand, IAS, Commissioner, Tirupati Municipal Corporation, Tirupati; Dr. B. Vengamma, Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor, SVIMS, Tirupati graced the occasion. Dr. Alladi Mohan, Associate Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra welcomed the guests.

The programme began with a procession by the Bhavan’s Tirupati Kendra Members, staff, students and parents from Mahathi Auditorium to the venue. The holy scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Bhagavad Gita were carried in a palanquin with all honours.

The 9-day book festival was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by the Guests of the Day, which was followed by the Bhavan’s Prayer. While addressing the gathering, Dr. N. Satyanarayana Raju, Convener, 9th Tirupati Book Festival and Hon. Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra said that, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was a pioneering organization that started Bhavan’s Book University in view of promoting values, ethics, and culture among the people. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan received Gandhian Peace Prize in 2002 for propagating Gandhian Studies.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sambasiva Rao, “expressed his happiness to be associated with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati. Youth should be encouraged to develop in book reading as well as physical activities to become complete individuals”. According to Tirupati Municipal Commissioner, Shri V. Vinay Chand, “Tirupati is a hub of knowledge and academics and Book Fairs like these, quench the thirst of book lovers, as a wide range of books are made available”. He appreciated and congratulated the organizers.

Dr. B. Vengamma stressed the importance of book reading as it enhances personality and language skills. Book reading helps the students to enhance not only the intelligent quotient but also emotional quotient and helps to explore oneself.

The Guests were felicitated in the midst of the audience by the Executive Committee Members of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Tirupati Kendra.

88 publishers across the state and country set up the stalls with books in Telugu, English and Sankrit Languages. Renowned publications like Prism, Scholastic, Emesco, Sahitya Academy, TTD Publications, Ramakrishna Publications, Jiddu Krishna Moorthy Foundation, Praja Sakthi, etc., showcased their best sellers in the fair from Science to Spirituality, Fiction to Fashion Designing, Comics to Cooking.

Bhavan’s Executive Committee Members, Principal, Vice-Principals, staff, parents and students attended the function with great enthusiasm. Dr. P. Sudhakara Reddy, Hon. Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra proposed the Vote of Thanks.


The 9th Tirupati Book Festival, organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati came to a close on 08-02-2015 on the S.V. High School Grounds.

Shri P. Bhaskar, IAS, Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati; Shri Vadrevu Chinaveerabhadrudu, Renowned Writer and Additional Director, Tribal Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Prof. A. Raghurama Raju, Professor of Philosophy, Central University, Hyderabad; Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Hon. Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra and Convener, 9th Tirupati Book Festival graced the function with their presence.

While delivering his presidential address, Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju praised the efforts of the cast and crew of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in organizing this Book Festival. He stated that, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a movement and an institution of the nation. He extended his gratitude to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in organizing this fest.

In his address, the Chief Guest of the Day, Shri P. Bhaskar congratulated the organizers for conducting the book festival consecutively for the past 9 years. He expressed his pain that, the ratio between number of speakers in Telugu and the number of books published in Telugu is not balanced. He suggested the organizers conduct a Book Festival exclusively on books published in Telugu on apt occasions to promote Telugu language and literature.

Addressing the gathering, Guest of Honour Shri Vadrevu Chinaveerabhadrudu expressed that, Telugu being an ancient language is not gaining enough prominence. More and more debates and discussions should be held by eminent scholars, institutions and writers to promote Telugu as a global language. He also said that, though there is a growing thirst for reading Telugu literature it needs to be enhanced through such Book Festivals.

Speaking on the occasion, the Guest of Honour Prof. A. Raghurama Raju said that, books read in one’s mother tongue have greater impact on readers. He opined that, writers must make a reader explore his own self through their works.

Prizes and mementoes were distributed to the winners of various competitions conducted during the Book Festival and the guests were felicitated.

Bhavan’s Executive Committee Members, Principal, book lovers, denizens of the district, staff, parents and students attended the function with great enthusiasm. Smt. S. Indira, Vice-Principal, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati proposed the Vote of Thanks.