n India, animation and comics came as tsunami like waves with the rise of the outsourcing global industry and surely created a huge hype about animation/graphic narrative in and from India. But unlike our already matured film industry both regional and national, Indian graphic storytelling largely remained infantile or under shallow influence of either Hollywood or Japanese Manga and Anime! So the challenge was to find an outlet or a platform to share our alternative stories with the other stakeholders to sustain, preserve and move on. The immediate plan that came to our mind was to host a student animation festival from National Institute of Design to celebrate it’s multidisciplinary nature.In 2007 with a very small budget, Chitrakatha (means Picture Stories in some Indian languages) gathered different kind of storytellers, from cartoonists, comic book artists, writers, folk singers, scroll painters, musicians, dancers to many master animators and designers from India and beyond under the theme ‘Everything Original’. In 2009, the theme revolved around the heritage city of Ahmedabad and in 2011,the theme was ‘Back to Basic’. In Chitrakatha’13 we went back to the times of ancient civilizations. Chitrakatha remains a confluence of thought provoking activities initiated by creative minds from the field of animation and storytelling with India and the sub-continent as its main focus/spotlight. For Chitrakatha, sustainability is the challenge; multidisciplinary approach is the key and digital affordability is the horsepower!
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