Amruta Patil (born April 19, 1979) is a writer and painter. She is the author of Kari (HarperCollins,’08) and Adi Parva (HarperCollins,’12); and her graphic short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines around the world. Kari is a contemporary story about friendship, love and death; with a queer protagonist navigating a magic-realism version of Mumbai. Adi Parva is based on the Mahabharat, the Vishnu Puraan and the tradition of oral storytellers. It was selected as one of 2012’s best graphic novels by comic book historian, Paul Gravett. Amruta is currently working on Adi Parva‘s sequel, Sauptik.
Style and Influences
Amruta, who identifies primarily as a writer, has a freewheeling visual style that spans watercolour, charcoal, acrylic painting and collage. Recurring themes in her work include memento mori, sexuality, myth, sustainable living, and the unbroken thread of stories passed down from storyteller to storyteller through the ages. To follow her writing and artwork: http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com
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