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Entertainment News | 5 Story Collections To Reminisce About As Amar Chitra Katha Comics Turns 55

New Delhi [India]Jul 17 (ANI): At a time when American comic book publishers like Marvel and DC have become household names due to the multiple IPs they have published, Amar Chitra Katha (ACK Comics), is a name that has its own reputation and has been around for over five decades, when it comes to Indian comics.

The ACK Comics library has nearly 500 titles spanning genres such as mythology, history, folk tales, fables, biographies, literature, and more, catering to people of all ages.

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What began as a physical repository of Indian heritage in 1967 by the founder of Amar Chitra Katha, Anant Pai, has now spread across all mediums, be it movies, TV shows, web series, audio stories, podcasts, and mobile apps, among others. It was started with the aim of teaching Indian children about their cultural heritage.

In 2022, as the publishing house celebrates 55 years of telling Indian heritage stories, they have chosen “Beyond Nostalgia” as the theme for Amar Chitra Katha Day. So, in keeping with this year’s theme, let’s take a look at some of the story collections we grew up with.

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Jataka, Panchatantra and Hitopadesha collection

With over 20 titles, this collection tells ancient fables through various characters and animals with the aim of instilling good virtues. These stories are witty, but each one leaves readers with a moral applicable to everyday life. Stories of bravery, courage, counsel and prudence can all be found in this collection.

Mahabharata heroes

The valiant heroes of Mahabharata are shining examples of how even with bravery and chivalry, one can also have weak points. They were swayed by conflicting emotions that only heightened the epic grandeur of this story. This collection contains titles such as ‘Bheeshma’, ‘Drona’, ‘Tales of Arjuna’, ‘Karna’ and ‘Abhimanyu’. The stories of these heroes are sure to stir up great emotions in readers and inspire them to reach greater heights.

The Shiva Collection

This set of books contains ten titles, all telling the stories of the different phases of Shiva’s life. Through its tales, this collection takes the reader on a magical journey through places like the temple of Thanjavur, the mythical cities of Tripura and the age-old caves of Elephanta. Moreover, these books also include some of the most famous Shiva stories from the Mahabharata as well as the Ramayana.

Ranchen and the Stone Lion and Other Stories

It is a collection of folk tales handpicked from different parts of the country. The collection tells the stories of a determined man who goes to an unexpected place and a woman who buys a song! Each story transports readers to a different place and time, to witness its unique culture.

Uncle Pai’s Favorite 50

This collection includes stories that have now become a staple in Indian households, it contains something for all types of readers, of all age groups. The stories immerse readers in our rich culture with tales of Ram, Krishna, Hanuman and Shakuntala, while providing them with the comfort of light-hearted tales of Birbal, Baddu and Chhotu. (ANI)

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