Gandhi’s Navjivan Trust to publish a comic book on his life story

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Mahatma Gandhi’s life story will soon be out as an easy-to-read graphic novel.

The Navjivan Trust, the Ahmedabad-based publishing house founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1929, announced that it was planning to produce the comic.

“It would be similar to Amar Chitra Katha. This is meant for young adults and for those looking for something very easy, light-hearted read,” said Apurva Ashar, digital and print publishing consultant with the trust.

“Unlike in other comics where dialogues are written by others, our version would carry the words of Bapu himself and so would be authentic.”

The trust, which has published over 800 titles in English, Gujarati, Hindi and other languages, seeks to bring in Bapu’s comic book in Gujarati and English.

“We are hoping to launch it by the coming birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. The Hindi version may get a bit delayed but we are hopeful of releasing the Gujarati and English versions nationally on that day,” Ashar added.

The Trust has been working on the project for almost a year now.  Ashar said the pictures, drawing and storyline were in place, with authentication by a panel of experts associated with Navjivan Trust being carried out.

Gandhi is also frequently portrayed in cartoon format in Indian newspapers, with  comments and graphics related to current political and social events.  A recent one was of Gandhi beating former Foreign Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid.

There have been other graphic books about Gandhi. “My Gandhi Story” was released in 2014, by Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, Nina Sabnani and Ankit Chadha (a  Warli artist, a storyteller and an animation filmmaker, respectively). The book weaves the story of Gandhi in an engaging format. there are three voices that tell the story — a narrator, a questioning child, and Gandhi himself, all coming together to introduce young children to the Mahatma.

Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine was published  in Japan a few years ago.  Aauthor Jason Quinn has also released a graphic novel, Gandhi — My Life is My Message.  With illustrations by Sachin Nagar, Quinn managed to weave an engaging story about Gandhi and his ideologies where he is depicted as just another human being.- IANS/CINEWS

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