Monday, June 26, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My review of Nina Sabnani's 'Kaavad Tradition of Rajasthan'

Multifaceted artist-animator-scholar Nina Sabnani's 'Kaavad Tradition of Rajasthan' isn't new, but I was happy and honoured to write about this beautifully-produced book (Niyogi Books may not have published anything this goodlooking before); bring it to the attention of more people who share a fascination for the sequential-art-laden kaavad and the oral storytelling tradition attached to it. This review appeared in the April-June '17 issue of 'Biblio:'.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What comes next

Am working on a collaborative project with Devdutt Pattanaik. A graphic novel (hopefully ready by mid-2018), shift from both of our recognizable styles. May surprise the presumptuous! If a beautiful book of enduring worth emerges out of conversation, churning, laughter - it will be byproduct not goal. The most valuable thing I stand to learn/gain, lies in the Now. Here's to a lush work-journey ahead.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nari Shakti Puraskar

Received a Nari Shakti award from the President of India on 8th March 2017 for "unusual work that breaks boundaries" in art/literature ;) Pleasant surprise, taken with a measure of salt!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jaipur Literature Festival '17 | Blood & Flowers


My solo session at JLF 2017 on 19th January 2017. Slow start, but the passion does build :) I am practically quaking because of fast-vibrating cells by the time Q&A happens. May well be the only video documentation of my physical, talking person that counts. Dedicated to the memory of Kaushik Dasgupta (16th February 1979 - 17th January 2017).

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Monday, December 19, 2016

Souvenir from the 'Devis and Demons' session

Just received this montage of images from the Times Lit Fest (Mumbai) session with Devdutt Pattanaik and Arshia Sattar about 'Devis and Demons' in Indian epics. Cleverly structured by Devdutt P, the conversation wove in threads from the Ramayana and the Mahabharat about ambitious women, falling in love, alluring deer and overconfident hunters, impotent men, forest as a place to confront one's fears and hungers and transformation, and what it is that makes monsters out of ordinary beings. 

Monday, December 05, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

What Followed Was Mere Formality

Goddess Time Now / from 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' © Amruta Patil 2016. Pre-order the graphic novel HERE<<

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sauptik: Blood and Flowers

Cover of 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' (HarperCollins India) © Amruta Patil 2016
After 2012's 'Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean', comes 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' - revisionist graphic retelling of stories from the Mahabharat, the Puraans, and the tradition of oral storytellers. River goddess Ganga, cool-headed sutradhaar of Adi Parva, hands over threads of the tale to the roiling, wounded Ashwatthama. In bookstores late-September 2016. Will share ordering info in some weeks.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mount Meru of De-light

Faster, then faster, until they fused to a single point: Mount Meru of de-light!' From 'Sauptik : Blood and Flowers' (tbr Fall 2016, HarperCollins India) © Amruta Patil 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

There is a deep rot in the wood now

There is a deep rot in the wood now. Maybe it is best the tree be consigned to flame. 'Sauptik : Blood and Flowers' (tbr Fall 2016, HarperCollins India) © Amruta Patil 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Visible Wound

Being a popular hero necessitates having a visible wound. Heroic beings without a visible wound evoke resentment, not love ;) #‎Sauptik‬ ‪#‎Karn‬ ‪#‎Eklavya‬ ‪#‎Ashwatthama‬

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ROYGBIV = From Battlefield to Playing field.

Paintbox now shut. Few details more, then scribe will be emptied out too. From my graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' (tbr Fall 2016, HarperCollins India). © Amruta Patil 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blessé, Blessed

 From my w-i-p graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' © Amruta Patil 2016
Been intrigued by the incongruity - or poignant connect - between the french word 'blessé' (injured), and the english word 'blessed' (béni). Always seemed like there was more there than met the eye. Here: Narsimha-like Bheem blessé Dusshasan. Meanwhile Karn is blesséd by Arjun as he channelises the sexiest pinup in Christian iconography, St. Sebastien.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Her hair, all that hair, so much of it


Work desk with images from my graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' (tbr Fall 2016, HarperCollins India). © Amruta Patil 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Arm of Mahadev / Bloodletting

From my w-i-p graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' © Amruta Patil 2016

Had shared the predictable Flowers. It was time to share the Blood. Jayanta Mahapatra's 'Sunday' (thanks, Sumana Roy, for the lead) changed the way I perceived the act, visually:
"A hand of God
began
from the shapeliness
of the arm
where the flesh
had long bled out."