Overview for Nala and Damayanti Stories from the Mahabharata
This volume of Pancharatna - Five Sparkling Jewels - brings together five Amar Chitra Kathas titles - all based on the Mahabharata, the great epic of India. The story of Nala and Damayanti is one of the episodes narrated in the Mahabharata. Yudhishthira, after losing his all in a game of dice, had to retire to the jungle, along with his brothers. A Rishi told him the story of Nala and Damayanti there. The story of Savitri and Satyavan is one of the many stories told by the sage Markandeya to the Pandavas, in exile. Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava, is depressed by having to witness the trials and tribulations of their common wife, Draupadi, whose devotion to her husbands only brought her suffering. Markandeya tells him that regardless of what they may have to suffer, chaste and devoted wives will ultimately triumph to their loves ones and themselves. Kacha is the son of Brihaspati, preceptor to the Devas. The story of Kacha and Devayani centers around the battle for supremacy between the Asuras and the Devas. The story of King Shibi has inspired many Indians, down the ages, to protect those who seek refuge. In the story of Indra and Shachi retold from the Mahabharata , we trace the fluctuating fortunes of Indra in his battle with the evil forces seeking to oust him. We see how the devotion of his wife leaves him unscathed through his tribulations.
Anant Pai (Editor)
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.