The Great Race
Author: Nathan Kumar Scott, Jagdish Chitara
9789380340159 | HB | pp. 32 | 2011 | Tara Books
This is a humourous tale about an animal who challenges the other animals to a race. No one accepts the challenge except one, the one you would least expect.
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“I’m the fastest animal in the forest!” boasts Kanchil the mouse deer. “And I challenge any animal to race me!” Who will step forward to accept this challenge, and can Kanchil be beaten? Featuring a well-known Indonesian trickster tale, this book is illustrated using the fine Mata-Ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting from Gujarat. Jagdish Chitara reworks the simple yet dramatic palette of his tradition-black, white and red colours – to create a world of splendid beasts. This is the third story in our Kanchil series, which includes the much-loved Mangoes and Bananas and The Sacred Banana Leaf.
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About the Contributors
Nathan Kumar Scott, born and raised in India of American parents, has been bridging cultures all his life. He’s been a theatre director, designer, playwright, puppeteer and storyteller, and has performed across the US as well as in Ecuador, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He is the director of an educational foundation that introduces Indian culture to students from around the world.
Jagdish Chitara is a skilled folk artist from Gujarat, western India, working in the Mata-Ni-Pachedi style of ritual textile painting. Belonging to a traditional and nomadic group of artists from the marginalised Vaghari community, he has been practising this ancestral craft for over 40 years. Jagdish now lives in Ahmedabad, where he strings up his textile art for sale on a pavement.
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