Singapore, 2 June 2012 - tabla!, the English-language weekly for the Indian community in Singapore and a publication of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is breaking new ground.
Having achieved the objective of being the voice of the Indian community in Singapore, the weekly is setting out to engage the community on several new platforms.
As a start, tabla! is presenting the Taj Express, a Bollywood musical that is making its world premiere here in Singapore, on June 7.
Said Mr S. Chandra Das, chairman of Tamil Murasu, which publishes tabla!: "This association with Taj Express signals the start of the next phase for tabla!. Having firmly established itself in the community, it's time for the newspaper to engage its readers in new ways. Presenting a top quality musical like Taj Express is just one of them."
The Taj Express is a musical journey through kaleidoscopic India.
In the coming months, two other initiatives will be rolled out. This includes plans to promote greater integration among various segments of Singapore's Indian community, and also play a bigger part in community festivals such as Deepavali.
tabla!, is read by over 120,000 people every week and all copies are snapped up as it has become a must-read for many in the community. It marked its third anniversary last October with the launch of the tabla! Community Champion Award.
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tabla! was launched on 10 Oct 2008 by Tamil Murasu Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. It is published every Friday. There are 30,000 copies printed and they are distributed free at all 7-Eleven outlets, as well as Indian schools, banks, business parks and selected condominiums. tabla! is also delivered to homes for $2 a month.
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