Kannada Prabha celebrates 50 years of Publication

The publication has been a pioneer in the field of Kannada journalism for the past half a decade.

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 1, 2018 12:32 PM

Kannada Prabha, is one amongst the oldest serving and most trusted Kannada dailies in Karnataka. It has just turned 50 years old in its unstoppable marathon of top quality journalism. Kannada Prabha was founded in 1967 by Gandhian freedom fighter, Ramnath Goenka, who was also a politician, businessman and a media mogul. It has inherited the ideals of its founder and has been practising straight, bold and relentless journalism, since its first issue on the 4th November, 1967. Kannada Prabha was part of Indian Express' fight against the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975. It also played an active role in Indian Express' campaign against Ms.Gandhi, and was instrumental in creating a public opinion in favour of the first non-Congress government at the Centre 1977. Under the editorship of Khadri Shamanna, Kannada Prabha published sharp and bold editorials against Indira Gandhi's 'dictatorship'. Its fearless reports and accurate analysis were, and still are adored by readers. Kannada Prabha also took a valiant stand on issues of the state and its people. The newspaper's support in favour of the fight against Hindi imposition, the Gokak Agitation, the Cauvery dispute are a few examples of its pro-people reportage.  It has also scripted many firsts in Kannada journalism: from publishing PUC results, to bringing out a special supplement on the occasion of Deepavali; to publishing weekly exclusive magazines for women, magazines related to commerce, cinema and health; as well as, printing daily calendar pages and publishing daily serials, are all firsts recorded by Kannada Prabha in Kannada journalism. Kannada Prabha's journalistic breakthroughs also include, a separate column for legal matters, students, Kannada Comics and colour printing. It brought out a 16-page dedicated edition when Kannada matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar passed away in 2006, another first. The 138-page special edition published on the occasion of  the 50th year of the formation of Karnataka State in the year 2007, was another first of its kind. Also, Kannada Prabha is known for its multi-page detailed coverage of the Union and State budgets. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, the January 18th issue was a 134 page collector's edition which received rave reviews from readers and advertisers. The publication is now part of Asianet News Network Media Group. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Kannada Prabha has also launched a mega project of selecting "Seven Wonders of Karnataka". Announced on 1st November 2017, the project aims at giving global recognition to numerous destinations of the state of Karnataka, apart from identifying seven of the best places. Ravi Hegde – Editor in chief of Kannada Prabha said “The Collectors' issue released on the 18th of January included glimpses of 50 years journey of Kannada Prabha, details of its past editors, important happenings during the period and also the nomination part of the project "Seven Wonders of Karnataka".”Listed under four categories: Natural Wonders, Man Made Heritage Wonders, Man Made Modern Wonders and the Best Scenic Drives; the Nominations Edition showcased pictures and details of nearly 300 destinations. Furthermore, nominations can be made on www.7wondersofkarnataka.com. It will also be used for voting to select the seven wonders. Final selections would be made by the jury comprising of eminent citizens. Amit Gupta – CEO of Asianet News Media and Entertainment said, “ It is truly a proud moment for us to celebrate the 50th year of Kannada Prabha. With its very strong digital news portal, Kannada Prabha is accessible to Kannadigas all over the world and with its sister News TV channel Suvarna News, advertisers have an unbeatable combination to reach the Kannada speaking markets. I would, on this momentous occasion like to thank and extend my gratitude to the entire editorial team and Mr. Ravi Hegde ‘the steward” who has led this from the front and taken the brand from strength to strength.”

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