Singapore, 5 July 2010 - TAMIL MURASU, Singapore's national Tamil language daily, turns 75 tomorrow (July 6). making it one of the oldest Tamil newspapers in the world.
Founded in 1935 by G Sarangapany,a Singaporean Indian business leader, the paper has grown from a circulation of about 200 copies in the founding years to a current healthy average of 13,000 on weekdays and close to 20,000 on Sundays. It was bought by Singapore Press Holdings in 1996 and has been profitable for several years now.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary, a bumper issue of Tamil Murasu will be distributed free on July 6. It will be sponsored by Mini Environment Services, a company which builds worker dormitories.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a Tamil cultural show will be held on Sept 4 at the University Cultural Centre at NUS. A book, commissioned by Tamil Murasu on the contributions of Tamils in Singapore, will also be launched at the event by President S R Nathan.
At this event, Tamil Murasu will also be relaunched with a fresh, modern new look.
Tamil Murasu has established itself as a voice for the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore. It is one of the main information sources for the community with its wide-ranging coverage of local and foreign news, both current affairs as well as sports and entertainment. The paper has also made coverage of Tamil Nadu a special strength.
To serve the Indian community better, Tamil Murasu introduced tabla!, a free English language weekly, in Oct 2008. The paper, aimed at catering to the needs of the growing Indian diaspora in Singapore, circulates 30,000 copies on Fridays.
Tamil Murasu's Chairman, Mr S Chandra Das, said: "I'm proud that Singapore has its own Tamil newspaper and that it is well-supported by the Tamil community in Singapore. I am also happy that tabla!, our new English weekly, has been warmly received by the wider Indian community here."
Tamil Murasu Editor M Nirmala said: "The paper turning 75 is a significant milestone in its long history. Readers and advertisers like it and their strong support for the paper will help keep Tamil alive for future generations of Tamils in Singapore.''
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