Amar Chitra katha
This is for children of all ages. Dubbed as ACK Comics, the app offers more than 300 titles on personalities such as akbar, Chanakya, Jawaharlal Nehru and JRD Tata to users. The app has been developed by app9 Digital Studio, the digital division of Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The digital comic is available in a flip-book mode as well as panel-by-panel mode which is convenient for smaller devices. Users can download and read their comics on multiple devices using a single user account. amar Chitra Katha is one of India’s oldest and most loved comic series.
Storyteller to generations of Indians, the ACK in collaboration with the ministry of Urban Development last year came out with a special edition of a comic book focusing on Swachh Bharat mission. The 36-page edition based on a story telling format having five narratives also refers to how Chandragupta maurya’s trusted minister Chanakya had a list of fines for crimes that included defecating or urinating in public places. Higher fines were imposed for doing the same near temples, the royal palace or a water reservoir. In the first elaborate story on the traditions of cleanliness in the country, story-telling ‘uncle anant’ narrates to kids how in Vedas, the relation between diseases and poor hygiene was highlighted and manusmriti prescribed the need for a clean body for a clean mind and clean community. The publication also includes true stories about elaborate systems for ensuring sanitation as early as 2,500 years ago during the Indus Valley Civilisation.
The ACK is also working with game developers to tell stories that are in tune with the times, in an interactive fashion.