DC Books and Kerala Literature Festival gets a new cultural center

Studios , art gallery, museum, film theater, and a library

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Created by conservation architect Eugene Pandala, the DC Kalamandir is a mix of earthy and sophisticated and boasts a heritage and sustainable building.

In its golden jubilee year, the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation and DC Books has got the DC Kalamandir – a cultural center for the promotion of art, design, literature, and cinema – in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Created by conservation architect Eugene Pandala, the DC Kalamandir is a mix of earthy and sophisticated and boasts a heritage and sustainable building. 

The expansive complex of DC Kalamandir features a studio for cinema production, an art gallery, audio studios for dubbing and sound recording, a museum on publishing, a film theater, a library replete with lawns, and amphitheaters for hosting workshops, symposiums and enhancing community experience. 

While The Kerala Literature Festival organized by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation has garnered global attention, the DC Kalamandir is a neo-cultural sphere hosting extended formats of workshops, writers’ residencies, symposiums, literary meets, and art exhibitions. The center aims to explore and bring in vivid flavors of culture via research, innovation, and international collaborations.

DC Kalamandir began its cultural journey with prominent personalities such as Prem Kumar, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy; poet Alankode Leelakrishnan; Eugene Pandala, the creator- designer; Bhagyalakshmi, an artist, along with N Ramachandran, dean DCSMAT Institutions; Jayasankar Prasad, director DCSMAT Trivandrum, and Ravi Deecee, Publisher DC Books. 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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