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Amruta Patil (born 19 April 1979), writer and painter, is the author of graphic novels Kari (2008), Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (2012) and Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016). Kari is a tale about friendship, love and death; its eponymous queer heroine steers through Smog City, a magic-realism version of Mumbai. Adi Parva is based on the Mahabharat, the Puraans and the tradition of oral storytellers and its sutradhaar is the river goddess Ganga. It was selected as one of 2012’s best graphic novels by comic book historian, Paul Gravett.

After Adi Parva, Patil returns with more revisionist retelling of epic lore: in Sauptik, the Kurukshetra war is long over; Ashwatthama, warrior with the unhealing wound, looks upon the worlds he once knew. The narrative, with lush and playful visuals, is an ecological tale as much as it is a mythological one – emphasizing our forgotten connection with the elements, rivers, forests and soil. Sauptik was one of Amazon India’s Memorable Books of 2016.

Amruta has a freewheeling visual style that incorporates acrylic painting, collage, watercolour and charcoal. 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.

In March 2017, Amruta Patil received a Nari Shakti Puraskar at the hands of the 13th President of India Pranab Mukherjee for “unusual work that breaks boundaries” in art and literature.


WATCH! Video recording of ‘Blood and Flowers’, Amruta Patil’s solo session at Jaipur Literature Festival 2017.

Writing and artwork: http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com
Audio podcasts on process: https://soundcloud.com/hathoric
On Twitter: @hathoric


11 responses »

  1. dear amruta i love your work and being a writer myself, you are someone whom i look up to.
    yours, Samyuktha Nair

  2. I have not read the book yet but I can already see the content will defintly by this book

  3. Hey Amrita,
    I had recently heard you at THE LOFT, Khushru’s office. We had a small conversation too. While i was there it occurred to me that i should have taken an autograph from you on the book i had, ‘Adiparv”. i wanted to ask if i courier you the book, can you sign it for me.

  4. Amruta, just saying hello. I was at lunch with college pal GOBIND in Bangalore last week, when your subject came up..and a copy of KARI. Great work, and all else around you. Will have more to say by and by, as I discover more about you. Said simply..though we are several decades apart, your work, approach and general stance is awe-inspiring. I am writing a little book on my adventures, will have a balance of words and graphics for easier penetration. Enough said for now, just connecting. Regards, Sam in Goa

  5. Hi Amruta. I took a photo with u this morning at ICG. I dont know about art or literature but i agree with d guy who posted that u r very beautiful. There is something special about u. I enjoy looking at d photo again and again.

  6. Wow ! The name didn’t ring the bell, but when I look closely your face took me back to 90s. I think you had come down to Bangalore as a student on a study tour. I remember one bright and intense face amongst the Goa art students I was addressing that evening.

    Last night, Swati a friend of mine, showed me your work and she said she wanted to buy your art. Since I was few drinks down I didn’t recognise the face…
    Good to see you.

  7. I like your books c.subash chandrabose
    GHSS drawing teacher .TN .thiruvaru .dt
    thiruthuraipoondi tk

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