Media in Bihar

Media in Bihar

Media in Bihar started with Biharbandhu, which was the first Hindi newspaper published from Bihar. It was started in 1872 by Madan Mohan Bhatta, a Maharashtrian Brahman settled in Biharsharif.[1] Hindi journalism in Bihar, and specially Patna, could make little headway initially. It was mainly due to lack of respect for Hindi among the people at large. Many Hindi journals took birth and after a lapse of time vanished. Many journals were shelved even in the embryo.[2] But once Hindi enlisted the official support, it started making a dent into the remote areas in Bihar. Hindi journalism also acquired wisdom and maturity and its longevity was prolonged. Hindi was introduced in the law courts in Bihar in 1880.[1][3]

The beginning of the 20th century was marked by a number of notable new publications. A monthly magazine named Bharat Ratna was started from Patna in 1901. It was followed by Kshtriya Hitaishi, Aryavarta from Dinapure, Patna, Udyoga and Chaitanya Chandrika.[4] Udyog was edited by Vijyaanand Tripathy, a famous poet of the time and Chaitanya Chandrika by Krishna Chaitanya Goswami, a literary figures of that time. This literary activities were not confined to Patna alone but to many districts of Bihar.[1][5]

Magahi Parishad, established in Patna in 1952, pioneered Magadhi journalism in Bihar. It started the monthly journal, Magadhi, which was later renamed Bihan.


Print media


Dainik Jagran, Navbharat Times, Aaj, Hindustan Dainik and Prabhat Khabar are some of the popular Hindi news papers of Bihar. National English dailies like The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Economic Times have reads in the urban regions.


E-papers, Bihar Times and Patna Daily have become very popular among the educated Biharis, specially the non-resident Biharis. Very soon Mr. Amit Joy, Former Head Operations ETV-Bihar/Jharkhand will be launching Bihar's first E-Paper with Web DirectoryBIHARFIRST.COMfrom the viewpoint of fulfilling all needs of Resident & non-resident Biharis.

Biharplus is a very new face of media in Bihar, with a very attractive and user friendly web portal operated from Patna/New Delhi. Biharplus web portal covers almost every area of media, entertainment, business sections & Matrimonial from Bihar.

Business directory to search any business or professional in Bihar.

Web Directory to search every websites URL and Facebook link of Bihar. Bihar Talent Zone to view profile of dancers, actors, singers from Bihar.

Bihar Matrimonial to post or search profiles of boys and girls for marriage.

Food & Entertainment in Bihar provides you every information about food and entertainment of Bihar.

Bihar career guide provides information about different industry's where you can make your career.

Bihar Photo Gallery to see good quality pictures of every corner of Bihar.

Bihar Wallpapers here you can download all wallpapers for your desktop for free.

Articles of Bihar - a very creative written articles from Bihar.

Biharplus is a very young web media portal started on June 1st from Patna by Amit Kumar who is also running a creative ad agency in Delhi with the name of Octopus Inc.

Jai Bihar is a similar e-paper, recently started by Kunwar Sanjeev Singh, is a huge hit among Biharis.[citation needed] However, it has also been criticized for being blatantly biased against Indian National Congress party. Kunwar Sanjeev Singh is also a member of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and a self confessed Hindu nationalist.[citation needed] The magazine also has Anoop Mishra on its Editorial board. He is known for his controversial writings.[citation needed]

Electronic media


Several national and International Television channels are popular in Bihar. DD Bihar, Sahara Bihar and ETV Bihar are the television channels dedicated to Bihar. Recently couple of dedicated Bhojpuri channel, Mahuaa TV[6][7] and Purva TV [8] has been launched.

    • Music
    • News



Bihar has a robust cinema industry for the Bhojpuri language. There is also a small Maithili and Angika film industry. First Bhojpuri film was Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo. "Lagi nahin chute ram" was the alltime superhit Bhojpuri film which was released against "Mugle Azam" but was a superhit in all the eastern and northern sector. Nadiya Ke Paar is among the most famous Bhojpuri movies. Bhojpuri's history begins in 1962 with the well-received film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo ("Mother Ganges, I will offer you a yellow sari"), which was directed by Kundan Kumar.[11] Throughout the following decades, films were produced only in fits and starts. Films such as Bidesiya ("Foreigner," 1963, directed by S. N. Tripathi) and Ganga ("Ganges," 1965, directed by Kundan Kumar) were profitable and popular, but in general Bhojpuri films were not commonly produced in the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1980s, enough Bhojpuri films were produced to tentatively make up an industry. Films such as Mai ("Mom," 1989, directed by Rajkumar Sharma) and Hamar Bhauji ("My Brother's Wife," 1983, directed by Kalpataru) continued to have at least sporadic success at the box office. However, this trend faded out by the end of the decade, and by 1990, the nascent industry seemed to be completely finished.[12]

The industry took off again in 2001 with the super hit Saiyyan Hamar ("My Sweetheart," directed by Mohan Prasad), which shot the hero of that film, Ravi Kissan, to superstardom.[13] The extremely rapid success of their films has led to dramatic increases in Bhojpuri cinema's visibility, and the industry now supports an awards show[14] and a trade magazine, Bhojpuri City,[15] which chronicles the production and release of what are now over one hundred films per year. Many of the major stars of mainstream Bollywood cinema, including Amitabh Bachchan, have also recently worked in Bhojpuri films.



See also


  1. ^ a b c Ahmad Qeyamuddin, Patna Through the ages: Glimpses of History, Society and Economy, Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi, 1988
  2. ^ Rajendra Abhinandan Granth, "Nagri Pracharini Sabha", Arrah, 3 March 1950, pp. 353
  3. ^ Kumar N., Journalism in Bihar, A Supplement to Bihar State Gazette pp. 28
  4. ^ Bihar ki Sahityik Pragati, Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Patna 1956, pp. 73
  5. ^ Jayanti Smarak Granth, pp. 583-585
  6. ^ Bhojpuri Channel Mahuaa TV Launched
  7. ^ Bhojpuri Channel MAHUAA TV launched
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  11. ^ IMDB
  12. ^ Tripathy, Ratnakar (2007) 'BHOJPURI CINEMA', South Asian Popular Culture, 5:2, 145 - 165
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