AMRUTA_PATIL_2013.jpgPhoto © Mark Sequiera 

Amruta Patil (born 19 April 1979), writer and painter, is the author of graphic novels Kari (2008), Adi Parva: Churning 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 a 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 its 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.

Style and Influences

Amruta, who identifies primarily as a writer, has a freewheeling visual style that incorporates acrylic painting, collage 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.

Writing and artwork:

Audio podcasts on process:

On Twitter: @hathoric

8 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

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