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Phules’ lives and times now in novel with illustrations

Vaseline 2 months ago

Pune: A graphic novel of the same name based on the lives of social reformers Savitribai and Jyotirao Phule was recently launched by Amar Chitra Katha in association with Nukkad Café as part of the latter’s ongoing literary festival at multiple locations in the city in April. ideal examples of those who lived in difficult times, yet fought against the system and stood up for the oppressed. Now it is more important than ever to teach children to question the system, imagine change, have empathy and care for others,” said Reena Puri, editor-in-chief of Amar Chitra Katha. The story is written for a readership of ten years and older. focuses on the upliftment of society through the couple’s efforts, while also highlighting the atrocities that stem from the casteist and sexist norms of the time for deeper context. Bengaluru-based author Sanjana Kapur, who has written children’s books such as ‘Who Stole Bhaiya’s Smile’ about depression among young people, and ‘Mom in a Mess’, about parents dealing with mental health, among others, said: “Kids today are smart. They want to know the truth without filters. At its core, the story is about two teachers who revolutionize education. It shows how Jyotibai realized that his philosophies are very different from his father’s because his education made him look at the world differently and it gave him strength. After much research into their lives and literary works, I thought the best place to start was when they opened their first school for girls in 1848 at Bhidewada in Budhwar Peth, the home of Jyotirao’s close friend Tatyasaheb Bhide. Illustrator Durgesh Velhal said he remembered the lessons he learned in school about Jyotirao and Savitribai while working on the graphic novel. ‘In 1983, I was in Standard II when our teacher told us a story about how people treated him badly because he attended his friend’s wedding, and I remember feeling very sad and confused as to why such a good man with encountered such problems. As I worked on the illustrations, I kept remembering all the stories I was told about them over the years,” said Velhal. Velhal, an expert in the field of architectural landscape, took inspiration from the wadas of Pune to take readers back in time with his illustrations. “I have also made minor changes in the anatomy of the characters to make them look Maharashtrian, with minor imperfections, to give the story the authenticity it deserves,” he said.