Wednesday, July 8, 2009

கதை மலர் - ஒரு அறிமுகம் (KATHAI MALAR - AN INTRO)

Hello friends, after a gap chitrakathai provides a new post on Tamil comics.

Kathai malar – An introduction:
KATHAI MALAR is series of books published by Ramakrishna math, Mylapore chennai. Totally 22 books have come under this series. Out of that 16 books are duel color and 5 books are in full color.









Each book contains 8 ~ 10 comic formatted stories and each story contains 4 ~ 6 pages. All stories are prepared based on Hindhu religious stories. Mostly from Ramayana, Mahabaratha, Sivapuranam etc (There are some stories which tells about Sri Vivekanatha and his Guru Ramakrishna)

Mr.R.V have done editing work for the most of stories. Some others too have done editing for some stories. Those who are not interested in religious stories also can enjoy Kathaimalar for its art work and presentation.
All stories are provided with a high quality art work by different artists. 80 % stories are illustrated by artist Shanker. It is hard to see such a high quality art work in Tamil comics production. Thanks to Mr. Shanker and Ramakrishna math.
Shanker’s Drawing style is very unique in Tamil comics. Cool and eye catching pictures. I didn't get further informtion about this artist. Comics friends if you have any, kindly share.

Inner page scan :




Full Color Issues:






Tamil language used here also gives pleasant experience to us. But they have used more Sanskrit words which they would have avoided.
The same series has been translated into English, Telungu, Malayalam, Bengali.
The books are still in printing. You can purchase from Ramakrishna math, Mylapore chennai or use the link. http://www.sriramakrishnamath.org/ . Duel colored books are priced Rs.20 and colored books are priced Rs.35. Paper quality also good.
Friends my opinion is KathaiMalar is worth collecting and reading if you love Tamil comics.


Next Post :
Different artists in KATHAIMALAR
KATHIAMALARACK comparison
KATHAIMALAR English version

3 comments:

Rafiq Raja said...

Siv, I remember that I picked up a few issues of them at an old book shop a long time back. Even though Sanskrit words, and religious based stories (that's understandable since they are out from a religious institution) were little overdose, I loved the artwork of Shankar.

I guess I have seen him being more active on Balamitra or Ambulimama back in those days. His style is so easily aligned to the mythical and historical stories. Thanks for sharing the info, on another treasured Tamil comics brand.

By the way, Welcome back after a long time. Looking forward for your ACK - Kathaimalar comparison.

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Anonymous said...

FROM SPIDER,
HAI SHIV ITS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.DURING MY SCHOOLING DAYS I ENJOYED MOST OF THESE STORIES AS MY LESSONS!!. IF YOU GO THROUGH THE TEXT BOOKS NOW ITS HARDLY THERE.WHY WE ARE NOT TEACHING OUR YOUNGER GENERATION OF OUR RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE? INSTEAD OF TEACHING WE ARE REMOVING THEM BY PAINTING RELIGIOUSPICTURE.I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS COLLECTION.TO ME COMICS IS THE BEST MEDIUM TO TEACH THE KIDS ABOUT THE MORALVALUES.IN REALITY MANY PEOPLE LOVE TO SEE THEIR KIDS BEING CLASS TOPPERS RATHER THAN LEARNING GOOD MANNERS AND OBEDIENCE.SO THAT THERE ARE LOTS AND LOTS OF HOMES.WHAT YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.GREAT WORK SHIV KEEP IT UP.

shankarvisvalingam said...

நண்பரே,

புதிய ஒர் கதை வரிசை பற்றிய அறிமுகம் சிறப்பாக இருக்கிறது. ஸ்கேன்கள்தான் பிடிவாதமாக பெரிதாக மறுத்து விட்டன.

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்.