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
Rabindranath Tagore was born in 1861, the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of
the Brahmo Samaj. After schooling at home, he was sent to England at the age of seventeen
for a formal education. But before completing his education he returned to India to manage
the family estates. While immersing himself in his literary pursuits, he also became
involved in many community projects and initiated Shanti Niketan. His life and creative work
provided Indian society with a sense of purpose and direction.
Tagore played a significant role in bringing about a new awakening in India in the
latter half of the 19th century. The impact of his personality transcended his native Bengal
and came to be felt not only all over India but also abroad. His fame reached spectacular
heights. Although a staunch nationalist, Tagore was a champion of globalization, touring
many countries and pleasing for "one world". He was offered a knighthood by the British
government in 1915, which he declined on view of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and in
protest of the British policies in India.
Tagore was a genius with a multi-faceted personality, and none of his contemporaries
had interests as diverse as his. He was a seeker and explored life's philosophies through
his own expression. As his experiences and emotions varied, so did the media through which
he articulated them. He was a poet, novelist, dramatist, musician, short-story writer,
teacher, painter, educationist. Philosopher and humanist.
Tagore has the unique distinction of being the only poet to have two of his songs
Jana Gana Mana and Amar Sonar Bangla adopted as the national anthem of two countries,
India and Bangladesh respectively. Shri Khanolkar, his biographer, describes his life as "a
long dream of colour and music, of beauty and heavenly genius, such as this world has never
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