Google celebrates Anant Pai’s birthday
New Delhi: India woke up to a comic styled Google doodle on Saturday morning. Google is celebrating Anant Pai’s 82 birth anniversary, the man who introduced India to mythical stories through engaging comic strips.
The doodle drawn in classic Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha style (two of the comics that Pai edited) shows the beloved Uncle Pai sitting at his desk surrounded by numerous copies of the famous comics.
The man, who revolutionized the comic scene in India way back in 1970’s, was a born on September 17, 1929 in Karkala, Karnataka.
In 1967, the educational comics series Amar Chitra Katha was launched, which was Pai’s brainwave. Through Amar Chitra Katha series, he narrated stories of Indian history, mythology and religion.
Uncle Pai died on February 24, 2011 at the age of 81 following a heart attack. Just a month before his death, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award India`s first ever Comic Convention.
Over the past few years, Google doodles have gained immense popularity. A dedicated team assigned for doodle commemorates important events and celebrate birth and death anniversary of greats by designing interesting doodles on them.
A doodle on the man, who taught the country the concept of comic strips, is perhaps a first even for Google.