Infomedia18's Better Photography launches in Hindi
The magazine was unveiled by Pablo Bartholomew, legendary photojournalist and twotimes World Press Photo winner; Debatosh Sengupta, Director, Photo Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcast, GOI; Bandeep Singh, Photo Editor, Fortune India magazine; Neeraj Priyadarshi, Photo Editor, The Indian Express, Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India; Dr. Alka Pandey, Consultant, Curator, Art Advisor, India Habitat Center; Gurjender Singh Virdi, Executive Editor, Better Photography, K Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography, & Sandeep Khosla, CEO publishing, Infomedia18 Ltd.
Also present on the occasion were Harish Tyagi, Chief photographer, Indian Subcontinent, European Pressphoto Agency; photojournalist and activist Ram Rahman; Jitendar Chug, Deputy General Manager sales and marketing, Nikon; Nitin Goyal, General Manager, Tamron Co. Ltd. (India); independent professional photographer Amit Pasricha and other numerous photo industry stalwarts, and senior photographers from Delhi.
Answering to the media, Better Photography editor, K Madhavan Pillai said "With so much of emphasis placed on English media, I am absolutely thrilled that we are the first to launch a significant, nationally circulated monthly magazine on photography in Hindi. Photography is soon becoming an affordable hobby and art in India. It is an enjoyable, healthy and environment friendly art, which does not differentiate between age and class."
" With so many issues, socioeconomic or otherwise, photography is the one language that breaks the barriers of the spoken or written word. It helps people "see' the truth for what it is. I am very optimistic about the new Better Photography Hindi. With Hindi speaking audiences numbering more than the populations of many other countries and with smaller cities and towns fast becoming the primary growth drivers in consumer technologies, I believe that Better Photography Hindi will eventually go on to have more subscribers than our English edition," he added.
Addressing the media, Sandeep Khosla, CEO publishing, Infomedia 18 Ltd, said "The decision to launch the Hindi magazine has been based both on a constant feedback from across North India. Better Photography Hindi will be priced at Rs.60 and will reach out to a huge market, especially in the northern and central belt of the country. The reader profile will be similar in both English and Hindi versions, except for the fact that people are more comfortable with Hindi as a language in large parts of the country. The content will not just be a translation of our English edition. It will have unique content and will focus on techniques, buying advice and tests, tips & tricks, interviews from all over the world and the very latest news."
Speaking about the promotional plans of the magazine, Sandeep adds," The group has plans to promote the new magazine across Network18 medium including television channels (IBN7, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC TV18, CNN IBN, Lokmat, Colors, MTV, History TV18), websites (Web 18), magazines (Infomedia 18) and also other Hindi newspapers, outdoors, radio and pointofpurchase promotions in major Hindi speaking cities such as Lucknow, Jammu, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Delhi among others."
Harish Tyagi, Chief photographer, Indian Subcontinent, European Pressphoto Agency complimented Better Photography on the initiative. "I am glad to know about the initiative from Better Photography. As a regular reader of Better Photography in English, reading the same magazine in Hindi will make more sense to me as the Hindi edition is going to be entirely different and not just the translation of the English magazine. I am sure it will be nice to read photography tips and comments in one of our own Hindi language from the best Indian photography magazine," he said.
Starting from the December 2011 issue, Better Photography Hindi will be available in the beginning of every month on the newsstands. As a special introductory offer, the December, January and February issues will also carry separate Hindi Pocket Guides on people photography, wedding photography and nature photography.