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Anant Pai (17 September 1929 – 24 February 2011), fondly known as “Uncle Pai,” was an iconic Indian storyteller, educator, and the creator of Amar Chitra Katha, a beloved comic book series that brought Indian mythology and history to millions of readers. His contributions to popularizing Indian culture and history are immeasurable.

Early Life

Born in 1929 in Karkala, Karnataka, Anant Pai’s early life was marked by a deep fascination with Indian history and mythology. He pursued his education in Mumbai and later graduated in chemistry. However, his true passion lay in storytelling and education.


Anant Pai’s career took a pivotal turn when he joined Indrajal Comics, where he edited and popularized Western comic characters like Phantom and Mandrake. However, his enduring legacy is tied to the creation of Amar Chitra Katha (Immortal Illustrated Stories).

Amar Chitra Katha was launched in 1967 with the aim of retelling Indian myths, legends, and history in a captivating comic book format. The series covered a vast array of topics, from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata to the lives of historical figures like Swami Vivekananda and Rani Padmini. Uncle Pai’s meticulous research ensured accuracy and authenticity in every story.


Anant Pai’s legacy is defined by his dedication to preserving and sharing India’s rich cultural heritage with young readers. His creation, Amar Chitra Katha, became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring generations of Indians to connect with their roots and history.

Beyond comics, he also initiated the Tinkle magazine, which featured stories, puzzles, and educational content for children. Anant Pai’s unwavering commitment to education and storytelling earned him the title of “Uncle Pai,” a beloved figure in Indian households.

Anant Pai’s work continues to be celebrated, and his impact on Indian literature and culture endures. He left behind a treasure trove of stories that not only entertained but also educated, making him a true legend in the world of Indian comics and literature

On 17 September 2011, a Google Doodle was created to celebrate Anant Pai’s 82nd Birthday.

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