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A gorgeous book: An age old tale told by a new age graphic artist cum writer
4 June 2018
Never read or seen anything like it.
It's not just words or pictures but a graphic novel on our oldest tale by a new age female graphic novelist, some say she is India's first.
Amruta Patil has done her BFA and MFA from Goa and Boston Art schools respectively. With the help of a grant from French embassy she worked on this book scripting and drawing simultaneously. Like other Indian kids exposed early on through TV serials on Mahabarata or through Amar Chitra Katha, she started reading various versions by the age of 21 and never stopped. And says "I was meant to do this"
Amruta employs the concept of "sutradhaar" (in this case Ganga) to tell the tale (not the whole of Mahabharata but pieces of it) in a altogether new and revealing way. Here I quote Rituparna Sengupta "In a world saturated with the sophisticated gloss of 3D computer graphics, Patil’s various aesthetic methods and mediums from charcoal sketches to collages of fashion magazine photos to pastiches of famous works of art, places her work both, in a multivalent narrative epic tradition, and also the postmodern present, with its layered and multiple sources of inspiration. What makes her work even more significant is the special care with which she carves out spaces for scepticism, dissent and debate within the texts themselves, reminding us about the dynamic contexts which the epic has evolved in and emerged from."
The artwork is gorgeous, simply takes your breath away!! With this book you feel as though you own so many pieces of different art works. The narrative script is unique, she mixes modern words with the ancient in a unique manner entirely her own.
Will be buying the sequel Sauptik soon!!!