Don Bosco Media house marks 20 years with book and media fair

MUMBAI, (Fr. C.M. Paul sdb) – A leading media and communication institution in Mumbai is marking 20 years of multimedia production tomorrow with 4-day book and media fair, 29 Nov to 2ndDec. Award winning author and journalist Naresh Fernandes inaugurated the fair.

“This first ever fair by Don Bosco bringing together some 20 leading publishers and media houses, both print and digital, is expected to attract an unprecedented footfall not only to the exhibition stalls but also to the various learning workshops,” says event coordinator and Tej director Fr Joaquim Fernandes.

On Thursday evening Tej Prasarini’s 20 year celebrations began with concelebrated Eucharist in the Don Bosco crypt at Matunga Marian shrine presided over by Rector and Editor of Don Bosco Madonna magazine Fr Ian Doulton. It was followed by high tea and the inauguration of the fair.

On Friday, two parallel day-long programs are scheduled for students and publishers. While students have art & craft, phonetic classes, talent parade, magic shows and various competitions, a national meeting of publishers will be held in collaboration with Tej and Catholic Bishops Conference of India office of Social Communications (CBCI-OSC), New Delhi.

Saturday and Sunday will see day long exhibition open for all, along with discussions toward joint-ventures for collaborative productions and language editions.

A member of the World Association of Catholic Communication (Signis India) and Indian Catholic Press Association, Tej-Prasarini (Light-Spreader) a Don Bosco institution began in 1992 as a modest audio-cassette initiative in response to the catechetical needs of a rural Christian population in Pune, central Maharashtra.

In 1993 it was re-located at the Salesian Provincial House at Matunga, Mumbai the media capital of India.

Today the building in which Tej-Prasarini is housed has a media centre where productions on catechetical, educational and development themes are available for purchase.

In 2001, the demand for youth-related audio-video material led to the setting up of a digital audio and video recording studio, named Tej-Kiran (Ray of Light) which has produced some 30 audio CDs, as well as songs, jingles, music albums, talks, interviews, and dubbing. The video studio facilitated scripting, shooting, editing documentaries, corporate films, social awareness ads, interviews, music videos, event coverage, voice dubbing and FCP editing. Besides production of 17 VCD/DVD titles, Tej conducts job oriented courses for college students.

Besides publishing 46 books, Tej partnered with Don Bosco Communications India and CBCI-OSC in publishing a three volume series entitled Communications for Pastoral Leadership (CPL) for students of philosophy, theology and those in the final stages of religious formation.

Leadership at Tej-Prasarini has changed hands three times beginning with the founder-director Fr. Peter Gonsalves, SDB. Fr. Darryl D’Souza, SDB, succeeded him in April 2001 followed by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, SDB in May 2006.

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