Amruta Patil

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Amruta Patil
Amruta Patil in Angouleme, France.jpg
Born (1979-04-19) 19 April 1979 (age 39)
OccupationGraphic novelist, painter and writer
Period2008 - present
GenreGraphic Novel
SubjectMythology, Ecology, Intersectional Feminism

Amruta Patil (born 19 April 1979), is an Indian graphic novel author and painter.


Born in 1979, Patil spent her childhood in Goa.[1] She has a BFA from Goa College of Art (1999), and Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2004).[2] She worked as a copywriter at Enterprise Nexus (Mumbai) in 1999-2000.[1] She was the Co-founder, Editor of the quarterly magazine, 'Mindfields' (2007-2012).[3] She was awarded TED Fellowship in 2009.[4]

Her debut graphic novel, Kari, commissioned and published by VK Karthika at HarperCollins India, explored themes of sexuality, friendship and death; and heralded Patil as India's first female graphic novelist.[5]

Her two subsequent graphic novels "Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean" and "Sauptik: Blood and Flowers"[6] make up the Parva duology which retells stories from the Mahabharata from the viewpoint of the narrators (sutradhar) Ganga and Ashwatthama respectively. Speaking about these two novels, she talks about her decision to choose the two above-mentioned narrators as those characters in the traditional/original writing of the lore, who have mostly been on the background of the story-telling.[7] The importance of the "sutradhar" has been reiterated - as an "ideal way of bringing the stories closer to the present."[8]

Her work has been translated in French, and Italian.[9]

She made an announcement on her personal blog about a collaborative project with author Devdutt Pattanaik [10] - a graphic novel, "Aranyaka: Book of the Forest" [11] - expected to be published in mid-2019.[12] Patil writes a fortnightly visual column, 'Rasa Replete', on the aesthetic traditions of the Indian subcontinent.[13]

She was a speaker at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival in the year 2017.[14]

She was awarded the Ministry of Women and Child Development's Nari Shakti Puraskar in March 2017 at the hands of the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

Graphic Novels[edit]

  • Kari (2008)[5]
  • Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (2012)[15]
  • Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016)[15]
  • Aranyaka (Work-in-progress)[12]




  1. ^ a b "Visual artist and author Amruta Patil breaks new ground with her graphic retelling of the Mahabharata". Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  2. ^ "Amruta Patil". The Hindu. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Amruta Patil / Writer and illustrator - Livemint".
  4. ^ "Amruta Patil - TED Fellow - TED".
  5. ^ a b "Amruta Patil | PAUL GRAVETT". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  6. ^ Anasuya, Shreya Ila (30 September 2016). "Amruta Patil's Mahabharat".
  7. ^ Harper Broadcast (10 December 2016). "Amruta Patil in conversation with Amrita Tripathi" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Goel, Mayanka; Aranha, Jovita (3 September 2016). "Reaching for the fire in her heart" – via
  9. ^ "Amruta Patil". 26 January 2013 – via
  10. ^ Patil, Amruta (19 April 2017). "Umbilical: What comes next".
  11. ^ Amruta Patil (14 July 2017). "Aranyaka: Making of a Graphic Novel - Visual-Textual Notes" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b "CV". 18 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Intersections - The Voice Of Fashion".
  14. ^ ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (10 February 2017). "#ZeeJLF2017: Blood and Flowers" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ a b Amruta Patil (10 September 2016). Sauptik: Blood and Flowers. HarperCollins Publishers India. ISBN 978-93-5264-065-2.
  16. ^ "Nari Shakti Awardees - Ms. Amruta Patil, Goa". Retrieved 2017-06-18.