Indian animation industry

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Storyboards of The Banyan Deer (1957).

The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and 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, which aired in 1986 and was directed by Suddhasattwa Basu. The first Indian 3D and VFX were done for the television series Captain Vyom by animation.

The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, 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:

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.

ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) is UNESCO supported non profit organization doing CG Meet up & International Animation day celebrations each year.

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. It has now been closed.

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

MESC, Media & Entertainment Skills Council by FICCI is working with NSDC to promote Indian animation, vfx and other skills. [11]


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

List of Indian animated movies[edit]

Since The Banyan Deer was released in 1957, over 130 animated movies have been produced in India.

Animated Series produced in India[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Clair Weeks- Pioneer of Indian Animation". YouTube.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kirtan (11 October 1974). "[User Rating:9.1/10]". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Board Message". Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  6. ^ "Official Website: Roadside Romeo". 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  7. ^ "Times Of India coverage of 24FPS". Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  8. ^ "Arena Orbit Live 2016 delves deep into the art of storytelling". India Education Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  9. ^ ABAI's official website
  10. ^ "Karnataka, first Indian state to announce special policy, incentives, for animation and gaming industry".
  11. ^ MEAI's official website

External links[edit]

VFX course from Pixelloid Computers