Anant Pai

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From the archives of India Today


B.Sc from Wilson College,Mumbai.

As editor of Tinkle comics, published every fortnight.

One can not imagine a child’s life without stories of the brave Shikari Shambhu, the greedy Tantri the Mantri, and the idiotic Suppandi in Tinkle and the glorious myths of Amar Chitra Katha. Eminently readable due to their visual appeal and simplicity, ‘Uncle Pai’s’ Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha have made both mythology and history accessible to generations of children.

From beautifully illustrating Krishna’s narration of the Gita to the life and times of Kalpana Chawla, Pai’s journey has been, as he puts it, a route to the roots. His saga of comic creation began in 1967, when he first saw people unable to answer questions like ‘Who was Ram’s mother’. He then conceptualised Krishna, the first title in the Amar Chitra Katha series but maintained that the comic series must retain a contemporary feel. Since then, the group has sold more than nine crore copies of over 400 titles. Currently, it sells about 35 lakh copies through subscriptions and off stalls every year.

-by Pankti Mehta

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