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Making of Amar Chitra Katha

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Have you wondered how an Amar Chitra Katha comic book is made?

As fans of all things Amar Chitra Katha, we wanted to share this really cool video from the creative team at Amar Chitra Katha.  The video offers a window into what it takes to put together Inida’s most popular comic book series originally created by Anant Pai.

Enjoy!


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October 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

“As befits a king”

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Imagine a rushing river in pitch blackness separating a Greek emperor and an Indian king. The Greek emperor uses a strategy of false alarms to lull his opponent into a sense of ease and then crosses the river under the cover of a thunderstorm.

The Indian king’s archers and elephants now face the Greek emperor’s spears and chariots…

This is a historical story of the battle between King Porous and Emperor Alexander at the banks of the river Jhellum.  Filled with segments of political allies, betrayals and even mutual respect and admiration ….the essence of the story has been captured in the Amar Chitra Katha comic – Paurava & Alexander.

King Porus in battle watched by Emperor Alexander

This popular story was immortalized with the dialogue between the two opponents:

Alexander :“Tell me how would you like to be treated”

Porus :“Treat me Alexander, as befits a king”   

In this era, how would one king treat another? Do we always remember to treat our friends “As befits a friend”?  Modern life lessons from ancient stories wouldn’t you say?

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May 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Rediscovering Amar Chitra Katha, for my daughter…

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I had not thought about them for the last 15 plus years.  Why?  Well, I have been in the US for 11 years.  Visits to India have been infrequent and short – not enough time to soak up a lot of Indian anything. By adapting to the American way, I have lost a little bit of Indian in me and slowly morphed into “The Indian American”.

So you ask, why now?  Well, I have a little daughter.  She looks Indian but so much of what we do today is not.  We babble in English, watch Disney TV and pizza tastes better than dal-chaaval.   That’s not how I grew up.  Most certainly not.  I want my little girl to have some flavor of how I spent my Indian summers.

We are talking about the pre-teen years, and here’s what I remember.   The last day of final exams meant no more studying, no more homework, no more waking up early to go to school.  Summer vacations had arrived and with it …mangoes and masala movies.  When the afternoons got really hot, I read all the Amar Chitra Katha comics I could get, courtesy – my older brother (let’s just say I got to share in the of enjoyment of his allowance money).

Fast forward to present day….

Masala movies -check.  They have been here for a long time
Mangoes (the King kind) -check.  They started showing up in 2009
Amar Chitra Katha – finally …..check

This summer I am hoping to start a new tradition.  I will be reading the Panchatantra & Jataka series to my not yet 2 year old daughter.  I’ll leave the history and epic series for when she gets older.  I know we are Indian, but no pressure.  She is still young 🙂

– A father’s perspective by Jay

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April 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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