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Updated: December 15, 2012 11:43 IST

Life of M.S. in graphic art

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The Amar Chitra Katha book was launched on Friday — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
The Hindu The Amar Chitra Katha book was launched on Friday — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

I found the depictions had extraordinary honesty. I skimmed through the book and found it very interesting, said Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Renowned publishers Amar Chitra Katha launched a graphic novel on M.S. Subbulakshmi at Narada Gana Sabha on Friday.

Chairman of Kalakshetra, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who spoke at the launch, said the book had been beautifully done to suit readers of all ages.

He said, “Initially, I wondered if it would sugar coat a lot of details but I found the depictions had extraordinary honesty. I skimmed through the book and found it very interesting. Ideation-wise, I wonder if such a production would have been possible 20-30 years ago.”

Vijay Sampath, CEO of Amar Chitra Katha, said they had been working for over eight months to bring out the book. They came upon the subject when they toyed with the idea of expanding genres to cater to people from different sections.

“Earlier, we had graphic novels on people like Jim Corbett and Uncle Pai. When we thought of entering the field of art, we thought the apt subject would be M.S. Subbulakshmi. Since we cater to a young audience, we want to bring out the inspirational elements in the stories as well,” he said.

R. Krishnaswamy of Narada Gana Sabha received the first copy of the graphic novel on Friday.

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