Overview for Tamil Classics (5 in 1): Amar Chitra Katha
Anant Pai’s Tamil Classics (5 in 1) is a collection of stories that have been adorned over the years by various readers. The author attempts to put together different traditions seen within Tamil literature.
The book contains both contemporary and ancient stories starting with the story of Prince Jivaka. This story is an epic heroic tale that has been part of the Tamil oral culture for centuries.
Another beloved story is that of Kannagi which has been adapted from Silappadikaram by Ilango Adigal. The modern play, Manonmani has also been included in this collection. This play is by the 19th century playwright, Sundaram Pillai.
Vedanayagam Pillai's The Adventures of Pratapan is another modern adaptation in Tamil that has been included by Pai in this work.
Anant Pai (Author)
Anant Pai was the creator of the two most popular comic book series, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha. His works deal with the retelling of mythological tales, folk stories, and biographies of historical figures. He has been considered one of pioneer creators of Indian comics.
He has been associated with works like Fact Fantasy, Funtime, and Funland, all of which are education comic strips. Rekha, Ramu and Shamu, Little Raji, and Kapish are some of the comics he had created.
Born in Karkala, he was brought up by his grandfather after the death of both his parents. He then moved to Mumbai and attended the Orient School in Mahim. He had acquired dual chemical technology degrees from the University of Bombay in Chemical Technology. He was also an expert in personality development. He had conducted several personality development classes for teens and children. He had also founded Partha Institute of Personality Development, 1978. He has published several books dealing with this, such as How to Develop A Super Memory, How To Achieve Success, and How Develop Self-confidence. He was awarded by the Lifetime Achievement Award at the very first Indian Comic Convention in 2011. He married Lalita, and the couple lived in Mumbai. On 24th February, 2011, Pai died of a heart attack.