Short graphic novel - Durga
Reawakened - Details here.
A note from the concept illustrator from NID whose fabulous
artwork you see in 'Durga Reawakened':
I was quite excited when Shamit told me about
the idea for a graphic novel on the mythology of Durga. The story
of Durga killing Mahishasur is known to everyone. So the most
important thing was the presentation of the story. We wanted a very
contemporary kind of attitude in it.
Though the concept of graphic novel in India is quite recent, but
we have a long and deep rooted tradition of visual narratives. The
Pata paintings, madhubani painting, miniatures, murals all are
examples of extraordinary visual narrative tradition.
After many discussions, I and Shamit decided on a style which is
very contemporary and appeals the young generation as well. We
wanted to grow their interest in the mythology. We decided to show
the divine figures and their characteristics in a very realistic
and human way rather than making them look very divine. Therefore,
they look like normal human being without many hands or heads.
Unlike superhero comic figures with exaggerated muscles I wanted
them look more Indian. So, in terms of the postures i took
references from Indian classical art, the different dance
In the stylistic approach of this book, I am quite inspired by
Frank Miller’ s very popular graphic novel ‘ 300’ . The strong
drawings and the composition of each frame is very inspiring.
Therefore, I also wanted to do the illustration for this book with
powerful drawings that shows the strength of the characters and
paint them with the spontaneous application of water colour. This
story Durga is also full of war scenes where I have used colour
splashes to make it look more dynamic. In the compositions also the
main intension is to show the power and the dynamism which we see
in the Manga comics.
In every step of this project I and Shamit used to generate ideas
and then immediately put them in the work. His inputs and
encouragement was really supportive for me. It was a great
experience working with him.
Mahan J Dutta. Artist/Illustrator, NID
From one of our fans on 'Durga Reawakened' :
Dear Shamit, Huge applause! Mission accomplished. The parcel was
delivered safely home.
At first, I was skeptical however, when I went through the
graphical representation and the illustrations, I was reawakened!
About the incarnation and motive of the emergence of Mahamaya form
of Goddess Durga.
The most attractive was page 12 depiction, with the left thumb up;
a positive sign. Truly aghast by page 3 the wreaked havoc.
Mesmerized by Page 7 she buffalo with a rose in hand. Empowered by
Page 8 boy Mahishasura. Enlightened by Mahamaya Page 12. I wished
to see more of the Page 18 the attack on attacking opponent of Debi
durga with her trident. Yet, Mahamaya was truly amazing, if I may
interpret accurately: A fascination of victory over a formidable
The literary content was equally good, especially overpowered by
the illustration on page 13 and 14. The best part was a page 15
note of initiation of battle.
Tremendous efforts! I felt a long await of patience in culminating
the wonderful ideas into this impeccable offering. In short, Thank
received with joy.
Your friendly, G. Pramod, Hyderabad
I first saw glimpses of Mahan's work on Dhonuk and was immediately
intrigued. Durga reawakened was an absolute treat of his expressive
style and choice of vibrant colors. The drawings, the strokes, the
colour brought alive the theme beautifully. One after the other,
the frames present scenes, moods, and characters that enrapture you
and pull you into the story. Shamit has used minimal words to let
the art do the talking and the end-result is a strong visual work
that makes for a delightful reading. The only distracting feature
of the book is the layout. One wishes that the art-work had more
space to breathe. The book is too many good things crammed in a
small format and the layout does not do justice to both the writing
With Durga Reawakened, Shamit and Mahan have managed to present an
age-old tale in a contemporary yet evocative style. We hope to see
more such collaboration, such breaking down of barriers between new
and old, such unique style of work that is different from the
Rashmi Patel, Bangalore
The book is quite amazing. It has a lot to say and is simply
superb; hats off to you Shamit and your artist friend, Mahan ....
Mindblowing stuff, am actually proud to be one of the first ones to
have bought the book.
Veena Suresh, Bangalore
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