Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Amar Chitra Katha founder Anant Pai’s 82nd B’day

     

Anant Pai Google Doodle

Today Google is celebrating 82nd Birthday of Anant Pai by replacing its traditional Google logo with a Google Doodle in the memory of the great personality. A mouse-over over the Doodle  reveals that it is meant to celebrate ‘Anant Pai’s 82nd Birthday’ and on clicking will lead to a search page searching for the name of ‘Anant Pai’.

anant pai GOogle Doodle

Let’s know more about Anant Pai 

Anant Pai

Anant Pai (Konkani: अनंत पै) (17 September 1929 – 24 February 2011)

It feels really good seeing Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of Anant Pai,popularly known as Uncle Pai. Anant Pai was born on 17th Sep 1929 in Karkala, Karnataka and died on 24th Feb 2011 in Mumbai at the age of 81.

In 1967, he came up with Amar Chitra Katha series which gave a kick start to Indian comics. Apart from these, Amar Chitra Katha published graphic novels of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Panchatantra, all well-known Indian epics or collection of moral stories.

Amar Chitra Katha was based on stories from Indian mythology, old folk tales and on historical characters and taught children virtues of life. The series still finds relevance in modern world and continues to sell more than 3 million copies every year.Amar Chitra Katha had managed to not only portray India’s heritage but also has been able to restore the same.

In 1969, Anant Pai founded Rang Rekha Features, India’s first comic and cartoon syndicate, and started the children’s magazine Tinkle in 1980. His involvement with the above, and the rapport he shared with his readers earned him the title “Uncle Pai”.

Uncle Anant Pai received numerous awards and recognition during his lifetime. Lately, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at India’s first ever Comic Convention held in New Delhi on February 19-20.

Thanks a lot  to Google for the doodle dedicated to this great educationist and real story teller Anant Pai.

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