The creator of ‘Indian comics’ and founder of Amar Chitra Katha on which generations of Indians grew up, Anant Pai, died here on Thursday evening, a family source said. Pai, famous as ‘Uncle Pai,’ was 81.

He is survived by his wife Lalitha.

Pai launched the Amar Chitra Katha series of Indian comics in 1967 which was an instant hit.

Pai followed it up with Tinkle comics series which the Indian audiences too took to in a big way.

The frail but active Pai was admitted to a hospital last week for treatment of a fracture after he fell from a staircase.

On Thursday morning, Pai suffered a massive heart attack and breathed his last around 5 p.m., the family member said.

A wrong photo was carried with this report when first published. The error is regretted.

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