Favourites from Amar Chitra Katha, Yusuf Lien
Amar Chitra Katha is a comic book series from India Stories from Indian mythology, history, folklore, and culture are narrated in illustrated format. Dad used to get Amar chitra kathas at the sunday market for 25 paise. We have bought most books in second hand since it is affordable and buying at a lower price also meant we could get more books. Amar chitra katha was always the best resort to read hundreds of Indian tales, especially twenty years ago when the Indian children's book scene was just beginning to evolve.
Tansen (Script : Dolly Rizvi) and Mirabai (Script : Kamala Chandrakant) illustrated by Yusuf Lien have moved my sensibilities and understanding of visuals for many years. Flowing forms, intertwining and evolving into spiritual motifs allowed me to feel and move into a greater depth in understanding poetry, music, love and relationships. Yusuf lien's illustrations made me feel very close to Mira and tansen as children and I was able to relate and imagine the story as it unravelled into different dimensions. As a child the wonder created by visuals often moved me to silent ecstatic hours of imagination and solitude. Lien's illustration where Krishna holds Mira on the river bank captures a beautiful moment of love, surrender, acceptance and joy.