Chandamama was a classic Indian monthly magazine for children, famous for its illustrations, publishing mythological/magical stories. It was started in 1947 by Sri B.Nagi Reddy and Sri Chakrapani, noted South Indian Filmmakers.
A couple of generations of kids grew up reading, dreaming and enjoying “Chandamama” children’s magazine, and, its various local language editions like அம்புலிமாமா – of which I was an avid reader and enjoyed reading during my school days.
The magazine house shut shop many years ago, but their past editions are now available online for free as PDF.
I randomly picked the September 1955 issue and the editorial there caught my attention. You will be surprised on how they saw the arrival of Nuclear Power and the promise of the world with bountiful power.
Update – 4th Aug 2020: To read the issues online without downloading, check out chandamama.page, it has the back issues for English, Hindi & Telugu. I learned this site through a comment posted below for this post! Thanks, Anirudh for sharing.
Update – 1st Oct 2020: Today, there was the sad news of the passing away of the artist behind the illustrations in Chandamama issues – Mr K C Sivasankar, aged 97. He kindled our childhood imagination on how the various mythological characters would’ve looked.
//Hailing from Erode, Sankar or K C Sivasankar illustrated for five decades on varied subjects — but all grounded in Indian culture. For instance, the stories of ‘Vethal’.//