“With the release of Adi Parva, perhaps Amruta Patil will be discussed not just as India’s ‘first woman graphic novelist’ but as an artist at the height of her powers.”
– Ajachi Chakrabarti, feature on Adi Parva, Tehelka (December ’13)
Video of Amruta Patil in conversation with Dr. Vidya Dehejia. Adi Parva book launch, 13th December 2012:
Parva is a 2-part graphic novel series based on the Mahabharat, the Puranas and the tradition of oral storytellers.
Book 1, Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean, has a cast that includes our ancestors – gods, demigods, queens, sages, seers, seductresses, hermits, kings and warriors. With the celestial river Ganga as its narrator, Adi Parva has a backdrop that sprawls across heaven and earth. The book was first published in English by HarperCollins India in 2012, and in French (as Parva: L’éveil de l’Océan) by Au Diable Vauvert.
Book 2, Sauptik: Blood and Flowers, has Ashwathhama as its narrator and river Yamuna as its backdrop. Published in October 2016 by HarperCollins India, it was selected as one of Amazon India’s ‘Memorable Books of 2016’.
Audio podcasts on process: https://soundcloud.com/hathoric