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The Indian Comics

Though the international superheroes like Spiderman, Superman etc are widely popular in India, it has its own set of super heroes and comic characters that dabble in adventure, mystery, action and suspense - all with a peculiar Indian sensibility. True its rich history and culture, most of the hits are mythological stories like Ganesh, Shiva, Veer Hanuman etc.

The comics are available primarily in Hindi, but also published in English and several other regional languages. (India has over a dozen official regional languages) The hall mark is original stories, superb artwork with an Indian touch.

Amar Chitra Katha, one of the majors, broke the old parent-child dichotomy over comics by bringing alive the ancient legends of India. Some of the most popular Characters and tales include Akbar-Birbal, Vetal Tales, Tenalirama, Hitopadesh, Panchtantra, Ganesh Mahima, etc.
In Picture: Amar Chitra Katha tells the story of Karna, the Prince. See a detailed illustration from Amar Chitra Katha - Title: "The Gita"

The First Indian Comics

The first Indian comic author was Pran Kumar Sharma. In the beginning of the 1960s, in the magazine Milap of Delhi he published the first Indian strip Daabu. However, this first experiment remained the only one in India in the 1960s, since Indian magazines published exclusively American strips on their pages. He created, however, numerous strips, like Shrimatiji, Pinky, Billoo and the popular Chacha Chaudhary in the 1970s.

Pran's series appear in 45 newspapers of India and in the neighbouring countries. He has published over 400 comic books so far. His 'Chacha Chaudary' strip has been adapted for a TV serial which has crossed 600 episodes (six days a week) and is still being telecast further on India’s premier channel Sahara ONE. He has traveled widely to many countries of the world, delivering lectures on the subject of comics. He was awarded "Man Of The Year 1995" award for popularizing comics in the country.

In 1967, the cartoonist Anant Pai of the India Book House, launched the series Amar Chitra Katha, the objective of which was to transmit to children the great mythological and Indian religious texts. The story of Krishna was the first in the series, joined rapidly by the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The collection now has 426 volumes.

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