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Default 44 years of Amar Chitra Katha



Amar Chitra Katha: Histroy retold
Anant Pai launched Amar Chitra Katha in 1967, which retold traditional Indian folk and mythological stories, the series sold over a 100 million copies since it's inception. This was followed up by another popular comic series titled Tinkle in 1980. Anant Pai was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award recently at India's first ever Comic Convention held in New Delhi. The man behind the popular comic series Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle Anant Pai more fondly known as Uncle Pai - passed away in Mumbai. 81 year old Pai had been admitted to the hospital after he fell from a staircase last week, he reportedly suffered from a massive heart attack.

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Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, is a renowned educationalist and creator of Indian comics, in particular the Amar Chitra Katha series in 1967, along with the India Book House publishers, and which retold traditional Indian folk tales, mythological stories, and biographies of historical characters. In 1980, he launched Tinkle, a children's anthology, which was started under Rang Rekha Features, India's first comic and cartoon syndicate, that lasted till 1998, with him as the Managing Director.
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Born in Karkala, Karnataka to Venkataraya and Susheela Pai, Pai lost his parents at the age of two. At the age of twelve, he came to Mumbai, where he studied in Orient School, Mahim. He studied chemistry, physics and chemical technology at the University of Bombay Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT now UICT) and was a dual degree holder from the University of Bombay.
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Endowed with a passion for publishing and comics, Pai failed attempt at creating a children's magazine (Manav, 1954) was followed by a career as a junior executive in the Times of India books division, putting him in the thick of affairs when Indrajal comics was launched by the Times Group.
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The idea behind starting a comicbook series devoted to Indian culture and history came to Pai from a quiz contest aired on Doordarshan in February 1967, in which participants could easily answer questions pertaining to Greek mythology, but were unable to reply to the question "In the Ramayana, who was Rama's mother?". He left his job and started Amar Chitra Katha the same year, with the help of late G L Mirchandani of India Book House, when most other publishers from Allied Publishers to Jaico had rejected the concept. Later, he took on the role of writer, editor and publisher.
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