03 February 2023 23:09



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One of the largest literary festivals in India, Mathrubhumi is gearing up for the fourth edition on Feb 2-5, 2023 in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

The fourth edition of MBIFL under the theme “Shadows of history, Lights of the future” makes a comeback at a fitting time as Mathrubhumi celebrates its centenary year. At this time, this festival becomes a contemplative platform to examine a journey emerging from the shadows and reaching the light. The shadows being the experiences, the learnings and the realities of the past while the light being the illuminative wisdom and imagination guiding humankind with new ideas and perspectives to the future through literature, art and culture, politics, technology, science, gender and more. This edition of the festival will host close to 500 speakers and performers from across India and overseas.

Started in the year 2018, Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters is a celebration of letters and ideas. After 3 successful editions in 2018, 19 & 20, the festival was put on hold as the world came to a standstill in the grips of a devastating pandemic.

MBIFL is organised by Mathrubhumi, which is one of the largest media groups in India. This edition is special to us mainly for two reasons: One, Mathrubhumi is celebrating its 100 years, a special milestone for a media group which has played a considerable role in the socio-cultural and linguistic evolution of the place and its people. Two, we all are coming together after the lockdown years.Today, Mathrubhumi has undoubtedly become a byword for excellence with a leading Malayalam daily (16 editions), a popular FM channel with 7 stations, over 7 best-selling publications, 2 top-rated television channels and an online news portal.

MBIFL has brought together and hosted over 1,200 speakers in the last three editions, and it is a matter of pride that MBIFL is one of the largest and best loved festivals in Southeast Asia.

Mathrubhumi has always believed that literature has a major impact on the development of a society. This was the inspiration behind MBIFL, a first-of-its-kind literary fest in South India.

From a confluence of minds from ‘known lands and unheard voices’ through ‘shrinking spaces and transcending letters’, this year, we take a holistic look around us—literature, science, nature, society, business, health, social change, innovation and ideas—and explore how Rewind will help us in our Forward journey towards the ‘lights of future’, learning from the ‘shadows of history’.

This year’s speakers include Nobel-laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, Booker-winner Shehan Karunatilaka, Booker Shortlists, Colum McCann and Nadifa Muhammed, Icelandic novelist and lyricist Sjon, and all the leading Indian writers.

This record milestone comes just three years after crossing 10 million subscribers in 2019

Dec’22: Earlier this year, Aaj Tak became the first news channel globally to cross 50 million subscribers. Ms. Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson, India Today Group, met Mr. Gautam Anand, Managing Director of APAC - YouTube, in Singapore to commemorate the special achievement.

“Thank you so much, YouTube! This is just amazing. The team is already planning its way to 100 million so YouTube had better start designing the next button,” Ms Purie quipped to Mr Anand. “Trust has always been the foundation for audience engagement at AajTak. It’s no different with our YouTube channel, but on a much wider scale with hundreds of videos getting uploaded every day. We place equal emphasis on having new audiences discover our channel while ensuring loyal viewers revisit, and invest in figuring out what works on YouTube – whether this is a nuanced understanding of thumbnails or producing hero content frequently.”

Aaj Tak started its digital journey by launching its YouTube channel in the year 2009, and started streaming news live on YouTube for the first time in 2017. The massive popularity gained by the channel subsequently led to its Diamond play button from YouTube in 2019 for crossing 10 million subscribers. Now, just three years later, Aaj Tak is the first news channel to reach 50 million subscribers on YouTube.

Watch the special presentation  https://www.youtube.com/shorts/4sQGiVA_CeU 

“Constant experimentation with new formats like Shorts and investment into our Community page has really paid off, and consistently breaking stories has helped create a very loyal fanbase,” explained Ms. Purie. “Events like the Presidential Elections of 2022, Solar Eclipse and the Cricket World Cup just kept encouraging us to do better and better.”

YouTube has been at the forefront of India's mobile revolution, by powering the content and creator ecosystem and by propelling the massive upsurge of video streaming in the world's largest democracy. AajTak has also fast evolved its offering to meet new consumer needs, with the introduction of Shorts, and other constantly emerging insights on LIVE Streams. The channel now has a universe of committed audiences across TV, web, app and social platforms through compelling storytelling that’s tailored to individual platforms.

This milestone is testimony to Aaj Tak’s sharpened channel strategy that has contributed to increased subscriptions and enabled engagement with wider audiences.

Mr Upendrra Rai led upcoming National Hindi News Channel Bharat Express has appointed Mr Nishant Mishra as ‘Marketing Head’ before its official launch.

In his new role, he will be closely working with the management for the launch of the channel and create successful brand strategy, curate content-led events & IP’s, strategic alliances and customized brand solutions for the channel.

Prior to joining Bharat Express, Nishant played a crucial role in the successful launch of Bharat24 and channel’s other marketing initiatives in his national role. In his career spanning over 15 years, Nishant has worked with leading media brands like TV Today, TV18, Zee and iTV Network.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Nishant Mishra said, “Launch is the most exciting and thrilling phase of a media brand. I am privileged to have this opportunity and look forward to working with the incredible and seasoned team of professionals already at Bharat Express”.

Mr Upendrra Rai, CMD & Editor-in-Chief, Bharat Express, said, “As the channel is gearing up for its official launch on 1st February 2023, we have made a slew of senior-level appointments in critical roles. Nishant’s appointment will add more heft to our remarkable team at the channel and I am confident that Bharat Express will benefit from Nishant’s rich experience”.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Varun Kohli, CEO, Bharat Express said, “Having worked with Nishant before, I have witnessed Nishant’s growth as a marketing professional. I have always admired his solution-based and result-oriented approach which will further bolster our growth plans for Bharat Express”.

Business Today's Market Today page offers unmatched coverage of stock markets both during and after market hours.

From complete stock data to brokerage reports and stock stories to market perspectives, the Market Today page is a one-stop shop for both momentum and long-term investors. It has pages of complete details of 4,000 companies that are listed on Indian bourses.

The Hot Stocks' section will give instant information about the stocks that have been piquing investor interest, both on buy and sell sides.

There's BT TV too, where market experts share their predictions for the stock markets' movement.

The Trending Stocks' section is all about every stock that saw major movement on that particular trading day. The IPO corner will give an insight into every detail of the upcoming IPOs, be it listing date or price band, or anything else associated with the IPO.

The Crypto Today section encapsulates prices of all the important cryptocurrencies and news related to their gyrations. Market Shorts' section is the text-light and graphic-heavy part of the page that has easy-to-swipe market-related stories on specific stocks that are in news. Spotlight section is all about the policy-related news that could either spell boom or doom for specific sectors or stocks.

With movement of global indices having a bearing on their Indian counterparts, the Global Markets' section captures all the important happenings from overseas markets. Commodities' section has news about precious metals, industrial metals, crude etc., The Bonds' section has all the news associated with the debt instruments.

Recognizing outstanding type-oriented achievements of designers age 35 and under; program branding by Anıl Aykan at Barnbrook Design London.

The Type Directors Club, the world’s leading typography organization, today opened the call for entries for its global Ascenders competition, celebrating international typographers, letterers, and type designers age 35 and under.

Ascenders is a fast-growing portfolio-based competition dedicated to type in all its versatile forms, and the inspiring up and coming designers — individuals or duos — who are elevating the medium. Entrants submit six projects – typography, use of type, design, lettering, etc. – with short descriptions, a statement of their role in the project's creation, and a list of individual credits where applicable.

Entries are now being accepted, with entry fees increasing after the regular deadline of March 15, 2023. The extended deadline is April 15, 2023, and winners will be announced in June.

This year’s entries will be judged by a diverse jury of global leaders in the field, including some past Ascenders winners. The 2023 Ascenders jury is as follows:

Frank Adebiaye, type and document designer, Forthcome, Paris
David Barnett, co-owner, Noble Signs, Brooklyn
Alia Bright, self-employed artist and designer, Portland
Chris Campe, designer, writer, All Things Letters, Hamburg
Marina Chaccur, designer, The Hague
Vincent Chan, director, type designer, Matter of Sorts, Naarm/Melbourne
Cyla Costa, lettering artist, Cyla Costa Studio, Curitiba (Brazil)
Liza Enebeis, creative director, partner, Studio Dunbar/DEPT, Rotterdam
Golnar Kat Rahmani, founder, art director, Studio Katrahmani, Berlin
Kenneth Kuh, visual designer, San Jose (California)
Susana Machicao, brand consultant, Visual Communications and Design, Machicao Design, La Paz
Masashi Murakami, graphic designer, art director, emuni, Tokyo
Kiel Mutschelknaus, designer, educator, Baltimore/Washington DC
Shivani Parasnis, senior designer, Spotify, Baltimore
Claudia Rubín, senior designer, The New York Times Magazine New York
Tré Seals, founder, Vocal Type, Washington DC
Matthew Tapia, lettering and graphic artist, Honolulu
Li Zhiqian, cofounder, type director, 3type (三言), Shanghai

In order to make Ascenders affordable around the globe, TDC offers a four-tier price structure with significant discounts – up to 66% – based on the country where the entrant is located. TDC members also qualify for discounts.

Last year’s Ascenders winners, selected from the highest number of entrants in the competition’s history, included 25 talented young creatives from 13 countries and regions. Prominent past Ascenders winners include Au Chon Hin (Macao, 2022), Kevin Cantrell (Mantua, USA, 2018), Roxane Gataud (Brussels, 2022), Gemma O’Brien (Sydney, 2022), Juan Carlos Pagan (New York, 2018), Tré Seals (Maryland, 2018), and others.

“Ascenders is the space to confront yourself and overcome the biggest obstacle: the limited perception that we have of ourselves when we are starting out,” said Fer Cozzi, graphic designer and type designer based in Buenos Aires who was an Ascenders winner in 2019 and judge last year.

“This competition isn’t about having the perfect portfolio, but more about looking toward the future,” she added. “Ascenders entries should contain conviction, not just show off technical skill. I can’t wait to see what this year’s winners will show, since it will certainly reveal where the discipline is headed.”

This year’s Ascenders branding and award are designed by Anıl Aykan, graphic designer at Barnbrook Design in London and member of the TDC Advisory Board. The design depicts the “ascending” creatives by embracing the idea of growth and invasion, with the journey demonstrated by visual metaphors of steps toward further growth and expansion.

For more information and to enter, please visit the Ascenders website.

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