Malayala Manorama is a well-known and one of the prominent Malayalam
newspapers published in Kerala
. The Malayalam word Manorama means entertainer. The daily newspaper is now treated as an encyclopaedia in this state as it covers all the latest events in and around chronologically and genealogically. Once, Malayala Manorama was regarded as the world`s largest circulated regional newspaper and at present has a readership of more than 16 million. The world`s largest circulated yearbook, Manorama Year Book, is published by the Manorama group, which manages the newspaper. The publishing house also has a popular weekly publication title The Week. This newspaper is best known for its layout and design. The Manorama group has a total of 32 publications in 5 languages.
History of Malayala Manorama
Malayala Manorama was first published on 14th of March 1890. At that time it was a weekly newspaper. Kandathil Varghese Mappillai founded this combined stock publishing company in the year 1888 at Kottayam
. This attained the position of the first ever joint stock publishing company of India. On 22nd of March, the very first issue of Malayala Manorama newspaper came out. This newspaper was named by poet Kerala Varma. Malayala Manorama primarily served the Christian community in Kerala. This newspaper brought huge financial improvement and development in the state at a time when money lending and upper class living were just privileges of elite royals.
In the year 1904, Malayala Manorama was made a bi-weekly. Kandathil Varghese Mappillai who was considered as the strong base of this newspaper, passed away on July 6th, 1915. After his death, the newspaper changed into a daily newspaper from 2nd of July, 1929 onwards. In the year 1937, Malayala Manorama`s first annual issue was published. The newspaper was approved in the Travancore state on September 10th in 1938. The Cochin issue appeared on September 14th, 1939. Mammen Mappillai, the descendant of Kandathil Varghese Mappillai was jailed on the charges of dishonesty and fraud in the year 1941 and was released in 1947. Again from 29th of November of that same year, the regular publication of Malayala Manorama was resumed. In 1950, the newspaper got its first rotary press.
Renowned Journalists of Malayala Manorama
Several internationally renowned journalists were produced by Malayala Manorama. Few of the famous journalists, who worked with the Manorama daily or other Manorama publications, are Vaikkom Chandra Sekharan Nair, E.V. Krishna Pillai, E.V. Sreedharan, T.V.R. Shenoy, K. Gopalakrishnan, T.K.G.Nair and many others.
Publications of Malayala Manorama
In 2007, Malayala Manorama has become the only regional language newspaper in India to surpass 15 lakh copies. As a result of its vast circulation and to keep up with growing demands, Malayala Manorama publishes editions from various regions such as Thiruvananthapuram
, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Kochi
, and also from abroad, like Bahrain, Dubai.
Other Publications from Malayala Manorama There is a long list of best selling magazines by the Malayala Manorama group. It also has a numbers of reference books, which includes `Bhashaposhini` (Malayalam literary review monthly), `The Week` (English news weekly), `Karshakashree` (Agricultural news monthly), `Vijayaveedhi` (for grade 10 students), `Manorama Weekly` (Malayalam weekly), `Magic Pot` (English weekly for pre-primary students), `Manorama Varshikapathippu` (Annual), `Vanitha` (women`s bi-weekly magazine in Malayalam), `Vanitha` (women`s bi-weekly magazine in Hindi), `Kaalikkttdukka` (pre-primary school publication in Malayalam), `Balarama` (Children`s weekly consists of picture stories), `Tozliilveedhi` (a weekly for job seekers), Hindi Year Book, English year book and Tamil year Book.
Printing Centres of Malayala Manorama
Malayala Manorama is published and printed in various centres in and outside India. In the state of Kerala, the printing centres include Thiruvananthapuram
. In other regions of India, the newspaper is printed in Bengaluru
Malayala Manorama is also published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Manama and Bahrain.
Thus, with its strong base and wide reach, Malayala Manorama has become one of the most popular daily newspapers of Kerala.