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Balarama played a major role in the development of children’s literature in Malayalam. The magazine also helped to promote reading habit among the Malayalee children.
Along with the comics original or syndicatedthe content includes fables, rhymes, literary classics and various puzzles. Much like Disney, most of the artists in Balarama usually baladama under the ba,arama of anonymity.
Other members of the balarama family includes the Balarama Digest ,a weekly that covers a different general topic in each issue this publication has won critical and public appreciation owing to its rich content and accuracy.
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Balaarma was started in  by the house of Malayala Manoramaone of the most widely read dailies in Kerala. From the beginning, the monthly magazine was noted for its high standard of content. The publishers were mainly focusing on more grown kids, rather than young in this early period.
Over the years, it became a comic magazine, with more comic strips and less children’s stories, fables and rhymes. Some earlier attempts to publish children’s periodicals ba,arama Malayalam were proved failures.
Among them, a magazine known as Ambili Ammavan the Malayalam version of Chandamama survived for a long period.
However, it was Pai and Pai Company’s comic magazine Poompatta that established among the readers kaghakal the first time. NM Mohanthe editor of Poomatta of the time, is considered as the architect and designer of all typical children’s magazines in Kerala. InNM Mohan moved to Balarama and took charge as the editor-in-chief. He created the iconic Blarama series, with Mumbai-based kthakal Pradeep Sathe. It balsrama in the August issue of the Balarama and went on to become the flagship strip of the magazine.
Later Balarama created a record in the history of the circulation of Malayalam comics and replaced Poompatta as the market leader. The rise of Balarama soon inspired other Malayalam newspapers to follow the suit and produce a number of similar type comic magazines.
The magazine became a fortnightly periodical in November From 17 Aprilthe fortnightly became a weekly. However, the demands on the artists increased twice by this move. A major breakthrough in the development of Balarama came in the 25 March issue. From this issue, it started katyakal American comic strip “Spider-Man”.
It was the first time an American super-hero appeared in a Malayalam comic magazine. The trend of syndicated super-heroes followed as Batman, the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician comics also appeared in the subsequent years. In the summer ofthe magazine started syndicating Disney comics and Henry strips.
Pinocchio was the first Disney comics to syndicate, followed by classics such as Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
Dora The Explorer and Chhota Bheem was also included aimed towards children of a lower age group.
In mid, the magazine started a new series Soothranwhich later became quite popular among the readers. More than weekly strips of Soothran have been published so far, each one about 4 or 5 pages in length. With the decreasing sales, connected to competition for the juvenile market from video and then computer games and the Internet, the new editor-in-chief faces a tough challenge to keep up with the demands of the market. They are trying to bring new innovations into their comics to attract more children in this era of computer and social medias.
They introduced 3D comics,moving stories in their comics. From its early period, cartoonist PJ Venugopal’s series appears in every issue of the magazine. Series such as ThalamarattePulivalu and Jambanum Thumbanumdiscussing relevant social issues, were quite popular among the readers. Venugopal also draws the last page strip, known as Mrigathipathyam Vannal. Balarama is known for its decades long partnership with Amar Chitra Katha.
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