Indrajal comics brought us "Mandrake the Magician" and the "Phantom". Amar Chitra Katha was Anant Pai / Mohandas team’s answer to Western comics, to teach Indian children their own heritage through a familiar medium, dealing mostly with Indian history, mythology and legends: even though the art and narration sucked in the beginning, it soon became much more professional.
The amazing story of Amar Chitra Katha started in 1967-68 when an attempt to translate the myriad tales from Indian history and culture into comics was made to cover a wide spectrum of titles. It was the creative genius and foresight of the legendary editor, Anant Pai and the entrepreneurial zeal and courage of the publisher G.L. Mirchandani, that gave birth to a brand which delighted generations of children as well as their parents, since then.
Through the medium of comics, Amar Chitra Katha brought to life the colourful mythologies and legends of India. "The Route to your Roots" was the catch phrase coined to describe the efforts of Amar Chitra Katha to tell tales of heroes and heroines from Indian mythology, history and folklore.
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These comics enriched my storehouse of stories manifold. I still feel that my knowledge of folk tales, tales from Buddhist Jatakas, Jainism, Panchtantra, classics of various Indian languages and Hindu myths is much more than most others. All thanks to Amar Chitra Katha which made me associate each story with beautiful illustrations and well chosen dialogues.
Amar Chitra Katha touches the roots of our hearts because we identify and relate ourselves to it in a more natural way which does not happen with Phantom and/or Mandrake comics even though they too make interesting reading.
Nowadays we live in bay area where there is a large Asian population. Time to time I buy these comics books from my kid's School's 'Book Sale' event. Most of these books are based on famous historical figures or on Hindu or Buddhist religious stories. Some of the interior art is not of as high quality, but the covers are great.