(Last Updated on : 23-01-2014)
Indian Graphic novels are in their nascent stage and are striving hard to make a mark in the entertainment field. Along with the recent growth of Indian comics
medium, Indian Graphic Novels are also growing and are experiencing increased demands by the readers. These offer stories on fact as well as fiction, based on contemporary issues. Mostly the writers deal with serious themes that attract and appeal to the matured readers. Graphic Novels in India illustrate a self-contained plot, instead of a continuing series. Comics and graphic novels are often considered similar by new readers as both mediums use illustrations and speech bubbles to depict a story. River of Stories, written and illustrated by Orijit Sen, is considered as the first Indian graphic novel. It was published in 1994 and gradually the medium has seen expansion in the last few years. More popular graphic novels, like Corridor, Kari, The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, The Beginnings, were eventually published and significantly contributed to spreading awareness about the genre.
Some of the well known Indian Graphic Novels are discussed below-
Kari is an Indian graphic novel, written and illustrated by Amruta Patil, a writer based in Delhi. The book, published by Harper Collins, is set in contemporary Mumbai
and deals with the central character named Kari who is a lesbian.
River of Stories
River of Stories was created by Orijit Sen, one of the earliest graphic novelists of India. The plot focuses on the political, social and environmental issues surrounding the construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River
. The novel was published by Kalpavriksha, with support from an NGO, in the year 1994.
The Indian graphic novel named Corridor was published in 2004 and was illustrated and written by Sarnath Banerjee. The story is based in modern Delhi
and centers around Jehangir Rangoonwalla, shop owner and his interactions with other people who visit his shop. It was published by the Penguin Group.
The Believers was written by Abdul Sultan P P and illustrated by Partha Sengupta. The graphic novel, published by Phantomville, depicts the tale of 2 siblings living in two extremes in Malappuram district
. The Believers was published after the success of Corridor.
The Beginnings, also known as Thudakkangal in Malayalam
, is an Indian graphic novel created by Nishanth Gopinathan in the year 2007. Thudakkangal, regarded as the first Malayalam Graphic Novel, is mainly a semi-autobiography based in a small town of Kerala. It was published in January 2007, by LiveEyes Media Publications and was also launched online by KeralaComics.com.
This Indian graphic novel was written by Naseer Ahmed and illustrated by Saurabh Singh. The story deals with many characters based in Kashmir
and their experiences with the political conflicts in the region. It was published by Phantomville.
Hush, published by Manta Ray is a black and white graphic novel based on the issue of child abuse. It was written by Prateek Thomas and illustrated by Rajiv Eipe. The entire novel does not contain any dialogues at all.
The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers
After Corridor, author Sarnath Banerjee returned with his second graphic novel named The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers in 2007. The graphic novel, based in 18th century Kolkata
, was written and illustrated by him and the cover art was done by Chandan Crasta. The novel was published by Penguin Books in January 2007.
Some of the other popular Indian Graphic Novels that have been released recently include Delhi Calm by Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Uud Bilaw Manus: Back with a Vengeance by Adhiraj Singh, Abhijeet Kini, Yeh Dil Maange More by Aditya Bakshi, Moonward by Appupen, Kamasutra
and Buddha: Stories of-Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra , Bhimayana, LIE: A Traditional Tale of Modern India etc.
Campfire Graphic Novels that came up during 2008 also publishes various graphic novels based on Indian mythology, biography, classics and original stories. Some of their popular titles are Conquering Everest, Harry Houdini, Muhammad Ali, 400 BC, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Reloaded, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ravana
: Roar of the Demon King, Sita
: Daughter of the Earth, The Offering: The Story of Ekalavya and Dronacharya
, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island etc.