Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vasan's Chitra Katha

Vasan's Chitrakatha is the adventure of Vasan Publications (Master Mind Books) in the comics genre. Vasan Publications is a Banglore based large publication house, publishing books on vast subjects. They are also the licensee of various internationally acclaimed foreign publication and keeps on reprinting them in India. Vasan's is also the distributors of around 40 publishers from inside and outside India.
Here we will keep our discussions to the comics genre only - 
When Vasan Publications choose to start publishing comics, they didn't go for the new and original stories - rather they kept retelling the old and trusted Indian myths, tales and folklore though in a very impressive and illustrious manner. They delivered the ancient prevailing tales with much grace and perfection both in terms of story telling and illustrations. To add their fine paper and print quality further enhance the whole experience. 

How many titles have been published is not known to me as they company has stopped publishing the comics series. But I have come to be known about 15 comics books so far with the 80 massive pages epic Ramayana being the latest in the series. 

The known titles in the series are - 
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Tenali Ramakrishna
  • Tales of Nasruddin Hodja
  • Tales of Ganapati
  • Aesop's Fables
  • Jataka Tales
  • Panchatantra
  • Hitopadesha
  • Tales of Akbar and Birbal
  • Nala-Damayanti
  • Raha Harishchandra
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • More Tales of Akbar and Birbal
  • Moral Stories
  • Ramayana
Vasan's Chitra Katha Covers

They have published only in English Languages as far as I know. Though other language options may exist but I doubt about it!

The publication house is still going strong but the impressive comics line (Chitra katha) is stopped (or might be suspended for the next issue)


Hojo said...
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Hojo said...

Bhai,Tumne toh "Indian Comics History" pe Ph.D. kar rahe ho!!cheers!! :))

Never heard about this publisher but seeing their price,I think the series was from very recent time!!Do these books have any month/year etc mentioned??

akfunworld said...

Came here after a long time....
I am amazed to know that this publication used to publish comics from Bangalore and still unknown to me. Thanks a lot for saving data about one more comics publication....