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History is so much more than what you learn in class! Everything around us is connected to our past. Even the lives we live are built on those of our ancestors.
It is with a view to demystifying history that Amar Chitra Katha, a pioneer of storytelling through illustrations, presents India: A History Through the Ages. This series brings together some of Amar Chitra Katha’s greatest stories and art to reconstruct Indian history—from the Harappan Civilisation and the Vedic Age to the rise of Buddhism and Jainism, and from the greatest dynasties to rule India— including the Mauryas, Guptas, sultanates and Mughals—to the British rule in India.
Meet Varun, Ritu and their grandmother, a powerhouse of information, as they embark on their first adventure to the Harappan Civilisation and the Vedic Ages. Dadi’s storytelling transports the children to the banks of the river Indus. It was a time when people started moving away from their nomadic, hunting—gathering ways, and settling down in permanent homes. Later, the trio travels to the Vedic Age, where education and written text was gaining prominence. These were the earliest people to inhabit our lands, and Varun and Ritu are soon captivated by their culture, literature and more.
Strap on! This is the journey of a lifetime.
Amar Chitra Katha, the flagship brand, was founded in 1967 and is a household name in India. It is synonymous with the visual reinvention of the quintessentially Indian stories from the great epics, mythology, history, literature, oral folktales and many other sources.
Today, Amar Chitra Katha is a cultural phenomenon, custodian of more than 400 comics in 20+ languages that have sold 100+ million copies to date. With more than 1.5 million copies sold every year, Amar Chitra Katha is the undisputed leader in the children’s publishing segment in India.
During the global pandemic this year, Amar Chitra Katha has been quick to transition into a digital-led operation, optimising the ACK and Tinkle Apps, producing digital content across media and platforms and launching a new e-learning module to bring Indian arts and culture to children and young adults across the world.
Amar Chitra Katha also publishes Tinkle magazine, a much-loved monthly comic which features iconic toons like Suppandi, Shambu, Tantri the Mantri and many more.
In India, Amar Chitra Katha also owns the licence for National Geographic magazine in India and publishes National Geographic Traveller India.