Obituary / The Guardian - April 7, 2011

Anant Pai

In 1967, while watching a television quizshow in Delhi, Pai was scandalised that Indian children could reel off the names of the gods of Olympus but could not name the mother of the Hindu god Rama. He was inspired to start a comic-book series recreating stories from Indian epics as colourfully illustrated, child-friendly narratives. Every two weeks, Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) arrived in the households of schoolchildren like me, bridging the distance between the Enid Blytons and Nancy Drews we found in our school libraries and the multisyllabic Sanskrit names and convoluted tales of Indian mythology.

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