Amar Chitra Katha is a collection of illustrated classics that retell stories from Indian
mythology, history, folktale and legend through the fascinating medium of comics. Over 430
stories from all over India have been told in this series that has been endorsed by
educationists and recommended by teachers the world over.
Through a masterful blend of commentary, dialogue and illustration, Amar Chitra
Katha presents complex historical facts and intricate mythology in a format that would
appeal to children. They not only entertain, but also provide a fitting introduction to the
cultural heritage of India. In a country so vast and varied, the series also serves as a
medium for national integration, by introducing young readers to the rich cultural diversity
of the country and highlighting the achievements of local heroes.
Amar Chitra Katha comics are like family heirlooms, passed down from generation to
Back of the Book
Valmiki's Ramayana is believed to be the first poetic work written in Sanskrit. It is
therefore referred to as the Adikavya. It is said that Brahma assured Valmiki that, "as long
as the mountains stand and the rivers flow, so long shall the Ramayana be read by men."
Valmiki's monumental work caught the fancy of innumerable minds after him and
influenced many other great poems, plays and novels written along the same theme, in almost
all the Indian languages. Among these are the Hindi, Tamil and Bengali versions of the
Ramayana written by Tulsidas in the North, Kamban in the South and Krittivasa in the
Our story of Kumbhakarna, the gigantic younger brother of Ravana, the King of Lanka,
has been derived from Krittivasa's Ramayana, written over 500 years ago. As a poet of the
people, Krittivasa's story was written in simple language replete with delightful
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