Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is a city and capital of West Bengal state of India. Kolkata is situated on the east bank of the Hugli River, and it is India’s one of the major ports. Kolkata has an estimated population of 5.2 million and according to Kolkata Municipal Corporation; most of the people of Kolkata speaks Bengali. Moreover, Bengali is the official language of Kolkata. (It’s maybe because of British weird decision on borders and the BD and India were hard cut with border lines in the middle where the language is still same but the lands are divided) So Bangla newspapers are very popular here, and there are a lot of renowned Bangla newspapers being published in this region (Both broadsheet and online).
Posora is the center of all Bangla newspapers. Here we have covered all the Bangla newspapers from Kolkata and their information regarding history, publication dates, editorial boards, social media accounts, coverage area and many more. Hope you will find this article informative and entertaining to read.
Top 10 Lists of Bangla Newspapers in Kolkata
There are quite a few numbers of Bangla newspapers in Kolkata. Here I have made a list of top 10 Bangla newspapers in Kolkata that is very popular among the readers and doing very good in publishing excellent news from reliable sources. They are:
- Anandabazar Patrika
- Sangbad Pratidin
- Daily Desherkatha
- Ei Samay
- Asomiya Pratidin
- Uttarbanga Sambad
Anandabazar Patrika is a very influential daily newspaper in Kolkata. Although this newspaper is published in Bangla, it has a high demand in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Silchar, etc. ABP Group is the owner of Anandabazar Patrika. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Anandabazar Patrika has a circulation of 1.1 million copies per day. Anirban Chattopadhyay is the editor of this newspaper.
Anandabazar Patrika was published in 1876 in a small village of Magura at Jessore District in British India (now Bangladesh). But after ten years the newspaper was closed in 1886. Later in 1922, it was re-launched as Anandabazar Patrika. From 2010 Anandabazar Patrika starts publishing the Fortune India magazine. It is a popular magazine, and it releases the Fortune India 500 list every year.
Aajkaal is a very renowned Bengali newspaper in Kolkata, India. This newspaper is regularly published from Kolkata, Siliguri, and Tripura. Although, the Tripura edition is published from Agartala. Aajkaal was first launched in 1981. Abhik Kumar Ghosh Was the founder of this newspaper. Sri Gour Kishore Ghosh was the fast editor of Aajkaal. The present editor of this newspaper is Ashok Dasgupta. The Mission of Aajkaal is to reach all Bengali and non-Bengali readers within and outside the country. The vision of this newspaper is to unfurl the flag of new Journalism by indomitable Aajkaal.
Bartaman Patrika is an Indian Bengali daily newspaper. It is published from Kolkata. Bartaman Pvt. Ltd is the owner of this newspaper. Bartaman Patrika has three other simultaneous editions, published daily from Siliguri, Burdwan, and Midnapore. After Anandabazar Patrika, Bartaman is the second most circulated Bengali newspaper in India. Its daily circulation is 669,758.
Bartaman Patrika was first published on 7 December 1984 by Barun Sengupta. Subha Dutta is the editor of this newspaper. Since April 2002, Bartaman Patrika has published an online version.
A well- known Indian media tycoon Swapan Sadhan Bose founded Sangbad Pratidin on August 9, 1992. Sangbad Pratidin is a daily Indian Bengali newspaper with a circulation of 260,310 daily. This newspaper is published from Kolkata, Barjora, and Siliguri. Srinjoy Bose is the Editor-in-Chief of Sangbad Pratidin. Sangbad Pratidin has been at the forefront of reporting the truth. Covering all the bases of news, local, national, and international, the Bengali daily brings the latest from in and around the world, to West Bengal.
Ganashakti Patrika is a sister concern of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) West Bengal State Committee. It is a very popular Bangla newspaper in Kolkata India. First issue date of this newspaper was 1967. First, it was published as an evening daily newspaper. After some time it was finally converted into a full-fledged daily newspaper. Ganashakti Patrika publishes from Kolkata, Durgapur, and Siliguri with a circulation of 2,30,000 daily. Avik Dutta is the editor of this newspaper.
Daily Desherkatha is a very famous Bangla newspaper in Kolkata, India. It is published from Agartala. Daily Desherkatha was founded in 1979. Daily Desher Katha Trust is the owner of this newspaper. Samir Paul is the publisher and editor of this newspaper. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Daily Desherkatha has a circulation of 1, 79,400 copies per day. Anandabazar Patrika and Bartaman Patrika is the main competitor of Daily Desherkatha.
‘Ebela,’ the only Bengali Tabloid in Kolkata, started its journey on September 17, 2012. Nine decades after the publication of Anandabazar Patrika “Ebela” is ABP Group’s first Bengali newspaper. The magazine has three main departments. The main section is the 12-page news, where news from national and international politics is published. Keeping in mind the busyness of the morning, special news-spell has been kept here. Besides, Ebela has a 12-page entertainment division, where news of Tollywood, Bollywood, and Hollywood are published together.
The Ebela has been received the bronze medal as India’s best media youth brand. Among all the media print, TV, radio, Ebela was awarded the ‘Pitch Youth Marketing Award’ in 2013. According to the Indian Readership Survey, there are about 4 lakh readers of ‘Ebela’ in Kolkata city.
Ei Samay Sangbadpatra is a Bengali-language broadsheet daily newspaper publishes in Kolkata, India. The Times Group is the owner of this newspaper. It was first launched on October 15, 2012. The main intention of this newspaper was to enter into a head to head competition with Anandabazar Patrika.
Rupayan Bhattacharya is the editor of this newspaper. Ei Samay is very popular among the people of Kolkata. This newspaper has a daily circulation of 277,384 pieces. Ei Samay has quite a few sections in it. Like:
- Ei Muhurte: contains essays on different topics, tips, and analysis on various subjects like graphology and share market
- Ei Shahar: contains news and articles related to Kolkata
- Ei Rajya: contains news and articles related to West Bengal
- Ei Desh: deals with news of national interest
- Sompadokiyo: contains editorial, on this date, essays
- Khelar Samay: sports section contains news on different sports
- Byabsa Banijyo: business section contains news related to business, economics, and finance
Asomiya Pratidin Patrika is an Indian Bangla newspaper published from Guwahati India. It was first published in 1995. This newspaper has four editions published from Guwahati, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, and North Lakhimpur, Assam, India. Asomiya Pratidin Patrika is a very popular and one of the largest circulated Assamese daily. The circulation of this newspaper is 178,162 per day. Nitya Bora is the editor of this newspaper. Asomiya, Pratidin has some other periodical and magazines like Sadin, Xatxori, and Nandini.
Uttarbanga Sambad is a leading Bengali language newspaper published from Siliguri. This newspaper was first published on May 19, 1980. Nowadays Uttarbanga Sambad is also printed simultaneously from Cooch Behar, Malda, Alipurduar. Suhash Chandra Talukder was the founder editor of Uttarbanga Sambad. Now Sabyasachi Talukder is the editor of this newspaper. The circulation of Uttarbanga Sambad is 1, 65,452 per day. According to the Indian Readership Survey, Uttarbanga Sambad has an average of 2.0 million daily readers. This statistics shows how popular this newspaper is among the Bengali community.
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