Balamangalam

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Balamangalam
Balamangalam logo.jpg
Balamangalam Cover.jpg
Cover of a Balamangalam issue
Editor in charge Manu Prathap
Categories Comic magazine
Frequency Fortnightly
Publisher Sabu Varghese
Year founded 1980
Final issue 2012
Company Mangalam Publications
Country India
Based in Kottayam, Kerala
Language Malayalam

Balamangalam (Malayalam: ബാലമംഗളം) was a Malayalam comic magazine published between 1980 and 2012. It was also published in Kannada with the title Balamangala.

History and profile[edit]

Balamangalam was first published in 1980.[1] The publisher was Mangalam Publications (India) Private Limited.[1] The fortnightly magazine featured, along with the comic strips, children's stories, rhymes and puzzles. Its target audience was children.[1] The headquarters of the fortnightly was in Kottayam.[1]

In October 2012, Mangalam Publications, the owners of Balamangalam announced that they would stop publication due to poor sales. The news created an outcry on social media websites and prompted the publishers to clarify that "the closure is just temporary and Balamangalam may return soon."[2][3] Still, the magazine remained closed.

Main stories[edit]

  • Dinkan (Artist: Baby)
  • Saktimarunnu (Story: Manu, Artist: Baby)

Kannada language[edit]

Balamangala
Balamangala-logo.jpg
Categories Comic magazine
Frequency Fornightly
Format Print (paperback)
Publisher Mangalam Publications
Company Mangalam Publications
Country India
Based in Kottayam, Kerala
Language Kannada

Balamangala was the Kannada language edition of Balamangalam, and circulated in Karnataka, India.[4][5] [6][7][8][9]

Along with comic strips, the magazine featured children's stories, rhymes, puzzles and crosswords,[10][11][12][13] including the fictional characters Dinga,[14][15] Shaktimaddu, Kaadina Kitta, Keraga, Pingala, Karingaada, Tuttu, Chenchu, Tiko, Chomu, Thangu Maama, Onti Salaga, and Chippu Delu.[16][17][18]

Harsha, a 15-year-old boy's first short story, "Mola Matthu Nari" (meaning: Rabbit and Fox) was published in the magazine.[19]

Publisher[edit]

Balamangala Kannada(RNI:44741/1989)[5] was published by Mangalam Publication (India) Pvt. Ltd.[20] located in Kottayam, Kerala.[21][22][23][24]

Dinkoism[edit]

Based on the magazine's fictional character, Dinga (Malayalam: Dinkan), a parody religion and a social movement called Dinkoism emerged and evolved on social networks organized by independent welfare groups in Kerala, India.[25]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Balamangalam". Just Kerala. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pressure mounts for Dinkan's return". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  3. ^ http://article.wn.com/view/2012/10/07/Pressure_mounts_for_Dinkan_s_return/
  4. ^ "Government of Karnataka, Secretariat Library Collections". newskarnataka.com. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b RNI | Reg. No.44741/1989 | Name: BALAMANGALA | Link: http://rni.nic.in/registerdtitle_search/registeredtitle_ser.aspx
  6. ^ "Mangalam Group of Publications to venture in to Television Space with GEC and News Channel". tvnews4u.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Balamangalam Magazine". justkerala.in. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Balamangala". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "What are some good books for children in Kannada?". quora.com. 
  10. ^ "Crossword Compilers". betterworldbooks.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "A. Nā Prahlādarāv". openlibrary.org. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Help your Child Learn a New Language, Magazines for Children". parentedge.in. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Mast Maja Traffic cop Shantappa Babu serves humorous delights!". newskarnataka.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  14. ^ Kiran Tom Sajan DC Kochi (7 October 2012). "Pressure mounts for Dinkan's return". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "BBC Trending, The mouse messiah bringing salvation to India's atheists". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "ಡಿ೦ಗ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಸ೦ಘ ,dinga, balamangala". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2018. 
  17. ^ "Audit Bureau of Circulation". auditbureau.org. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "ಡಿ೦ಗ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಸ೦ಘ ,dinga, balamangala". facebook.com. 
  19. ^ "Boy writes novel at the age of 15". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Group profile". mangalam.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Trademarks of Mangalam Publication (india) Pvt. Ltd". zaubacorp.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  22. ^ "Mangalam Publications India Pvt Ltd". justdial.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. 
  23. ^ "Articles on Magazines by Language of India, Including: Yukthivadi, Kalakaumudi, Vanitha, Sastrakeralam, Bhashaposhini, Kanyaka (Magazine), Balamangala". books.google.co.in. 
  24. ^ "Kerala based Mangalam Group to launch TV channel". afaqs.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. 
  25. ^ Express News Service (21 March 2016). "'Dinkoists' Gather Under a Troll Tree". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016. ...threatening calls and opposition from staunch religious followers... the social media religion, ‘Dinkoists’ here on Sunday. ... no official registration ... attention entirely through Facebook.... 

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