- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 2012 edition (29 November 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350294168
- ISBN-13: 978-9350294161
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean Hardcover – 29 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Amruta Patil is a wrier and illustrator with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. She is currently working on a novel, 1999, and a graphic novel based on a mytho-historical epic.
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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!!!
The narrative is woven across the eons (yugas) and beautifully toggles between the narrator's present setting and the story being told. Amruta makes remarkable use of charcoal and paints to effect the toggle.
The research is quite impressive and the fact that an artist produced thousands of panels to tell the story is overwhelming to think of.
Gripping read. Finished it in one sitting. A prized possession on the bookshelf.
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