Dina Thanthi or “Daily Thanthi” is a reputed daily Tamil newspaper in Tirunelveli, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Dindigul, Trichy, Salem, Nagercoil, Cuddalore, Vellore, Puducherry and Thanjavur.
It is owned by Mr.B. Sivanthi Aditanar. It was founded by S. P. Adithanar, a lawyer trained in Britain and had practiced in Singapore. Its first edition was from Madurai in 1942. The publication spread over Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring states of Pondicherry and Karnataka. In 1940, he opened editions in Madras, Salem and Tiruchirapalli. While the Salem attempt failed, the Tiruchirapalli edition had to be reopened in 1954.
Daily Thanthi became one of the largest Tamil language dailies by circulation within a few years; it has been a leading Tamil daily since the 1960s. It has today 15 editions with the latest being the Mumbai Edition. It is the highest circulated Tamil language daily in Bangalore and Pondicherry, and one of the largest in Tamil Nadu, Daily Thanthi’s circulation during (July 2009 - December 2009) was 11,91,874 copies (certified by [Audit Bureau of Circulations - ABC).It has the largest readership base amongst Tamil Newspapers with 73,53,000 readers spread across the Tamil Diaspora. (Source : IRS 2010 R1 ).
“The Tamil newspaper ‘ Daily Thanthi’ costs more than the Times of India. However, it has less number of pages than the Times. The print quality is okay and a lot of colour is used. There are more advertisements than what Chennai edition of the Times manages to get. The most important thing to note is that Daily Thanthi is one of the highl circulated vernacular newspapers in the country. The front page news invariably is about the state of Tamilnadu. The rest of the front page is dotted with colourful advertisements.
There is very little national news in this newspaper. And some sports news, stock market news etc. This newspaper has its fingers on the pulse of its readers who constitute a substantial percentage of the state’s population. The paper gives what its readers want , people ’s primary interest is what happens in the immediate surroundings of theirs. Murders most foul, the police catching the murderers, the background of the murder, major thefts in the locality, film actors’ real life affairs and other extra-curricular activities, Sex Sanyasis, their extra-religious but juicy escapades………. these are what sustain people’s interest.”
The various supplements that come along with Dinathanthi are as follows:
Gnayiru Malar, Kudumba Malar
Siruvar Thanga Malar, Velli Malar
Muthucharam, Ilaignar Malar
• Apart from this, the book related to astrology called ‘Tamil Madha Jothidam’ is issued every second week of Monday.
Dinathanthi has been a tool for the students of Tamil Nadu in securing good marks in their board exams.
• It issues a book called 10th, +2 Vina Vidai Book, on every Wednesday during the second part of the year. The model question papers of all the subjects of Standard 10 and 12 are provided with answers along with the question papers of board exams that are conducted previous year.
• It conducts a programme called ‘Vetri Nichayam’ once in a year during the summer vacation that provides useful facts to the students to take a good decision about their future studies.
Malai Malar is daily evening Tamil newspaper in Chennai.Salem and Coimbatore, India. It is owned by Daily Thanti group. It was founded by Aditanar in 1977 at Coimbatore.
Malai Malar has eight editions for Coimbatore, Chennai, Salem, Erode, Pondicherry, Madurai, Trichy and Nagercoil. It has introduced the Malar-Plus, a 8 page Tamil and English neighborhood weekly.