Dinakaran is a Tamil daily newspaper distributed in Tamil Nadu, India. It was founded by K. P. Kandasamy in 1977 and is currently owned by media conglomerate Sun Group's- Sun Network.[2]Dinakaran is the second largest circulated Tamil daily in India after Dina Thanthi.[3][4][5] It is printed in 12 cities across India. Dinakaran was founded in 1977 by K. P. Kandasamy after he split from Dina Thanthi owned by his father-in-law S. P. Adithanar during the split of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.[6] In 2005, the newspaper was acquired from K. P. K. Kumaran by Kalanithi Maran's Sun Group.[2]

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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Sun Group
Founder(s)K. P. Kandasamy
Founded1977 (1977)
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu
Circulation1,167,189 Daily[1] (as of Jul - Dec 2015)
WebsiteDinakaran website

Dinakaran is published from 12 cities in India namely Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagercoil, Puducherry, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli and Vellore. As of 2014, the newspaper has a circulation of 1,215,583.[3]


  1. ^ "Submission of circulation figures for the audit period July - December 2015" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Sun acquires Dinakaran newspaper". rediff.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Details of most circulated publications for the audit period Jul-Dec 2014" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ Judy Franko (13 March 2010). "Tamil daily Dinakaran takes over the lead". exchange4media.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  5. ^ "India's 15 most-read newspapers". rediff.com. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  6. ^ Jeffrey, Robin (24 March 2000). India's newspaper revolution. C. Hurst & Co. p. 79,80,114,135. ISBN 978-1-85065-383-7.