Indian animation industry

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The Indian animation industry encompasses both two-dimensional traditional and 3D animation, as well as visual effects for feature films.[1][2][3] In 1956, Disney Studios animator Clair Weeks, who had worked on Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country's first animation studio as part of the American technical co-operation mission. He trained a core group of Indian animators, whose first production was a film called The Banyan Deer (1957). Veteran animator Ram Mohan started his career at Films Division's Cartoon Unit.

Another landmark animated film from Films Division is Ek Anek Aur Ekta, a short traditionally animated educational film released in 1974.[4][5] The film is presented as a fable meant to teach children the value of unity, and was frequently broadcast on India's state-run television station, Doordarshan. The first Indian animated television series was Ghayab Aaya, aired in 1986 and directed by Suddhasattwa Basu. The first Indian 3D and VFX was done for the television series Captain Vyom by animation.

In 2000, AK Madhavan won a contract for his animation studio to produce a series of CGI animations for a US customer. He co-produced India's first 3D stereoscopic full-length feature film, Alpha & Omega, with Lionsgate.

The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, which was a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company. It was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj.[6]

Awards and festivals[edit]

Awards and conventions for the Indian animation industry include:

  • 24FPS Animation Awards, organized by Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)[7]
  • TASI Viewers Choice Awards (TVCA)
  • Anifest India
  • Annual Graphics and Animation Film Awards (AGAFA) from the Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID)
  • Orbit Live and Kalakari, organised by Arena Animation[8]

Societies and Organizations[edit]

The Animation Society of India (TASI) is a non-profit organization with its head-office in Mumbai. It hosts Anifest India, the biggest annual animation festival in the Indian subcontinent.

The ABAI (Association of Bangalore Animation Industry), with its head office in Bangalore focuses on the AVGC markets (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics).[9][10]

The Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID) is a non-profit body for animation and related arts.

Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is an active body promoting Indian AVGC industry, amongst others. MEAI is also noticeable for high powered delegations to international markets and festivals.[11]


The Indian animation industry was estimated at $354 million in 2006 and was forecast to reach $869 million by 2010.

In 2009, the state of the animation industry in India, was growing at a CAGR of 30% and was estimated to reach US$1.5 billion by 2015.[citation needed]

Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai have major concentration of animation studios in the country.

Notable animation studio companies in India[edit]

Animation studios in India including television channels and production studios.

List of Indian animated movies[edit]

Since The Banyan Deer was released in 1957, there have been over 130 animated movies produced in India. The following animated movies (In three different categories) were released in India.

2D animated movies[edit]

Some of the 2D animated films in India are:

3D animated films[edit]

Some of the 3D animated films in India are:

The 2015 Malayalam film Jo and the Boy has an animator as its central character. The film explores an animator's struggles in the field. Malayalam actress Manju Warrier plays the role of animator Joan Mary John.

Live action movies with animation in 3D[edit]

Some of the live action movies produced in India are:

Animated TV series produced in India[edit]

See also[edit]


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