CCo-founder of Falana Films
omic strip buff and filmmaker Aarthi Parthasarathy grew up with Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha, Tintin, Asterix and Calvin & Hobbes stacked on her bedside. She’s dreamt of having her own comic strip since childhood. One day, while founding her film and animation studio with partner Chaitanya Krishnan, she took the leap. Her idea was to take the miniature artwork of court painters, mostly anonymous, from Jaipur and the Deccan school of paintings and turn them into conversing figures. Unlike Rajamani, Parthasarathy does not make direct references to incidents in her comic strips. Her aim is to bring out historical and contemporary angst using vintage art. “The idea is that the images are contrasted with real dialogues on social, philosophical dialogue on contemporary issues. The dialogue is not tied with a geography or incident,” said Parthasarathy, who also runs a web comic called Urban Lore.
Parthasarathy is staunchly against merchandising her work and hasn’t decided on selling prints of her comic strips.
“Earlier, I thought no one was reading it…But at some time, it became quite popular,” she added. “It led to a lot of discussions. That’s been great!”