Everyone has their own story of Gandhi and in this book, which came out of a set of four large paintings, an artist of the Warli tradition, an animation filmmaker and a storyteller come together in a unique collaboration to create a very visual Gandhi story.
While the artist was inspired to paint Gandhi’s life simply because he was like us, the curating of the visuals was inspired by the delightful details in the paintings, picked and highlighted with care. There are the recurring motifs of buying a ticket and going on a journey by ship and by train, of physical work, the capturing of a moment rather than movement. Like the three creators behind the book, there are three voices that tell the story of Rajesh the narrator, the questioning child, and Gandhiji or Bapu himself, all coming together to introduce young children to the great man called Mahatma Gandhi.
Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, Nina Sabnani, Ankit Chadha
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About the Contributors
Rajesh Chaitya Vangad was born in 1975 in Ganjad, Maharashtra. He has painted notable murals at the Craft Museum, New Delhi, Homi Bhaba Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and International Airport, Mumbai.
Ankit Chada specialized in research-based narratives performed in the centuries-old Dastangoi form of storytelling. He trained under Mahmood Farooqui.
Nina Sabnani is an illustrator, animator and film-maker, currently a Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Until recently she taught at NID, Ahmedabad, and served as the coordinator of the Animation and New Media disciplines for several years. Mukund and Riaz, both as an animated film and illustrated book published by Tulika, won critical acclaim internationally. Deux Amis, its French edition, was launched by Syros at the Paris Book fair in March 2007. This simple, endearing story of two friends dealing with Partition has also been published in Pakistan by Oxford University Press. Nina has illustrated and created several books for Tulika, such as Best Friends and Home, which is an innovative and contemporary adaptation of the craft and art of the kaavad, a storytelling medium from Rajasthan. Of these, My Mother’s Sari was selected as an Outstanding International Book for 2007 in the U.S.A. Stitching Stories, her latest book, is based on her award-winning documentary Tanko Bole Chhe (The Stiches Speak). She has also designed the award winning My Gandhi Story.
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