Chandamama Magazines

Chandamama magazine archives are available for free

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.

Chandamama September 1955 editorial
Chandamama September 1955 editorial

Most often stories involve animals and magic powers
Most often stories involve animals and magic powers
An advertisement for a film roll
An advertisement for a film roll
A story from the Tamil Edition Ambulimama (அம்புலிமாமா) - யார் தகுந்தவன்?
A story from the Tamil Edition Ambulimama (அம்புலிமாமா) – யார் தகுந்தவன்?

Update – 4th Aug 2020: To read the issues online without downloading, check out, 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’.//


  • Gauri Churi Pune

    Brother, I want to buy Chandamama English edition magazines, please guide me how to buy. thank you
    can you send me message on my mobile number 9**** ****7

  • Anirudh

    It really is amazing to look back in time to see how people viewed the world and the future! Nice to see these posts which keep Indian storytelling alive, keep up the good work!

    I recently launched a Chandamama archival project in 2020:

    It’s a modern site with over 400 magazine from 13 years. There are multiple languages and it is completely free! I originally created it for my family during covid, but thought that you and your readers might also appreciate it.

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