Aarthi Parthasarathy

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature -

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!”

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