MUMBAI, (C.M. Paul) – Tejprasarini (light diffuser) a Don Bosco Mumbai communication institution marked 20 years of multimedia production with a first ever 4-day Book & Media Fair. Award winning author and journalist Mr Naresh Fernandes inaugurated the fair on 29 November. Major events included book and multimedia exhibits, a seminar on digital publishing for students from publishing schools, a meeting of Catholic Publishers, as well as release of books and CDs. There were also a variety of learning workshops for school students.
“This first ever fair by Don Bosco brought together some 20 leading publishers and media houses, both print and digital, attracting both students and parents,” said event coordinator and Tejprasarini director Fr Joaquim Fernandes.
On Thursday (29 November) evening 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 (30 November), two parallel day-long programs were scheduled for students and publishers. While school students had art & craft, book reading, phonetic classes, talent parade, magic shows and various competitions, a national meeting of publishers and college students was held in collaboration with Tejprasarini and Catholic Bishops Conference of India office of Social Communications (CBCI-OSC), New Delhi.
Saturday, 1st December, Tejprasarini honoured its founder director Fr Peter Gonsalves, currently professor at Salesian university Rome marking 25 years of his priestly ministry with the release of a CD containing 70 (seventy) of his inspirational songs in MP3 format. The CD is aptly named, The Peter Gonsalves Collection – Lyrical Food for the Soul.
On Sunday (2nd December) The Salesian provincial of Mumbai released Dr Nelson Facao SDB’s critical edition and English translation of the book Kristapurana an epic poem on the life of Jesus Christ written in a mix of Marathi and Konkani by Fr.Thomas Stephens, S.J. (1549–1619). Provincial Fr Michael Fernandes surprised the Tejprasarini team presenting the director with Don Bosco Medal of Honour.
The idea of ‘Tej-prasarini’ first began in the villages of drought-stricken Ahmednagar, about 250 kms from Mumbai, recording rural folk music on a portable tape recorder 30 years ago.
A member of the World Association of Catholic Communication Signis India and Indian Catholic Press Association, Tej-Prasarini 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 booksTej partnered withDon 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.