Amruta Patil and Neel Mukherjee:
Visions of India

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Date September 28, 2012
Start // End 6.30pm // 8.00pm
Venue Foyles
Ticket price £6

In this rare London event, celebrated graphic novelist Amruta Patil launches her new trilogy, “Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean”, drawn from the first chapter of the Mahabharat, one of India’s greatest epics.

The South Asian Literature Festival, in association with the Comica Festival at Foyles, is delighted to welcome Amruta Patil to London for the first time. A writer and painter with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she has become India’s first female graphic novelist and an internationally acclaimed author and artist. In this event she will be in conversation with the award-winning novelist Neel Mukherjee and hosted by Comica Festival’s co-director Paul Gravett.

They will discuss her debut, Kari, a powerful queer coming-of-age graphic novel about lost love, subsequent survival and lesbian friendship between Kari and the dying Angel.

In his review (see here), Neel extolled the book as “…worth reading for this exquisitely witty and crackling friendship alone. In three unsentimental pages Patil sketches out Angel’s death; I could barely keep my hands from shaking after reading those three immensely vast, restrained, even austere pages.” Neel also praised Amruta’s writing as “…a thing of radiant beauty: witty, smart and swaggering, brightly knowing without ever falling into archness, illuminated by frequent flashes of poetry.”

Amruta and Neel will also discuss her much-anticipated new graphic novel entitled Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (HarperCollins India, 2012). The first in a trilogy, this tells a tale drawn from the opening chapter of the Mahabharata, one of the greatest epics from India. With her evocative illustrations, Amruta relates this story through the recollections of some of the main characters. She has experimented with the story by choosing three relatively quiet protagonists, using them as ‘sutradhars’, or storytellers, for different parts of the tale, with a backdrop that sprawls across heaven and earth. The cast includes gods, demigods, queens, sages, seers, seductresses, hermits, kings, warriors, and navigators of the multiverse. Amruta will be speaking with Neel about the process of adapting the great Epic into graphic novel form, and what readers can expect as her trilogy unfolds.

Following the conversation, Amruta will be signing copies of Kari and a limited supply of advance copies of Adi Parva (published in October).

You can read Paul Gravett’s profile of and interview with Amruta Patil here.

It’s a re-imagining of a classic story, with her own illustrations, through the recollections of some of the main characters. Amruta has experimented with the story by choosing three relatively quiet protagonists, and used them as ‘sutradhars’, or storytellers, for different parts of the tale, with a backdrop that sprawls across heaven and hell. The cast includes gods, demigods, queens, sages, seers, seductresses, hermits, kings, warriors, and navigators of the multiverse.

After many years in the planning, this event is an exclusive opportunity to finally meet this extraordinary Indian graphic storyteller in her only speaking engagement in London.

Click to see painting tests from Adi Parva.

 

 

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