Children’s magazine Sandesh is going online later this year to reach the tech-savvy children who prefer reading online.
“We are trying to launch an online edition of the magazine. It will reach more readers,” said Sandip Ray, editor, Sandesh magazine while speaking to The Statesman on the centenary celebrations of the magazine at Nandan.
Reaching out to Gen Y
On Sandesh's 100 anniversary, some of the selected Sandesh covers were displayed at Nandan. The colourful cover pages made by Upendrakishore Raychowdhury and Satyajit Ray are on display.
One of the cover pages shows a boy and a girl flying on a horse, hoisting the flag of Sandesh. Another depicts a fat white cat, with big eyes staring back at a mouse holding an edition of Sandesh.
Mr Ray further said for the past few years the magazine was irregular because of funds crunch and lack of good children's authors. “The management is trying to print the magazine on a regular basis,” said Mr Ray.
While congratulating the Sandesh magazine on completing 100 years, author and regular contributor of the magazine, Ms Nabaneeta Deb, said: “It is not easy to run a children's magazine for such a long period that too in the age of the Internet.”
She further said she loved working for the magazine and that she would continue to write for the children. For Ms Deb it was a voluntary service.
Celebrating 100 years
To mark the centenary year a special edition of the magazine will be published with selected stories of published in Sandesh during the past 100 years. It will be launched at the Kolkata Book Fair 2014.
The six issues of Sandesh will be issued from next year. The magazine will be revived in many ways ~ few interesting columns will be started.
Sandesh magazine was founded by Upendrakishore Raychowdhury in 1913. After Raychowdhury's death, his son Sukumar Ray took over the job of editing Sandesh. The magazine was not in print for a few years after filmmaker Satyajit Ray took over, contributing actively as writer and editor.