PATIL Amruta


Kari (HarperCollins India, 2008)

Amruta Patil was born and grew up in a small village near Goa. She started writing stories and illustrating them at a very young age though graphic novels were not very popular yet in India at the time. She discovered the art form through the highly structured stories – mythological tales - by Amar Chitra Katha, which did not however really awaken her curiosity. She developed a passion for literature though, for the works of John Steinbeck, of John Kennedy Toole, and world art such as miniature Mughals, Mahayana Buddhist art, Islamic art, Japanese wood engravings... all of which she discovered when she left to study in Boston, at that city’s school of Fine Arts, where she also discovered the richness of the universe of graphic novels.
Kari, her first partly autobiographical graphic novel, has met with great success, though the topics it deals with – homosexuality, for example – are still somewhat taboo in India. Amruta Patil was invited to spend a year in a writers’ residence in Angoulême where she has started working on her next project, Parva / The Epic, an adaptation of the Mahabharat, the classical Indian epic brought to the screen in France by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook.

In French

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Amruta Patil’s website

Bibliography :

  • Kari (HarperCollins India, 2008)

Synopsis of Kari :

They had been inseparable … until the day when they took the big jump together. Saved by a safety net, Ruth leaves the city. Saved by the sewers, Kari melds into the urban melee. She is accompanied by Angel, Lazarus and girls from the Crystal Palace who become the chorus of her interior song. Together, they explore the damaged heart of Smog City, solitude, the cesspit, unexpected success, and finally death. They live only for the memory of the lost one. With her sensual illustrations and acerbic comments about life and death, Kari breathes a new life into the Indian graphic novel