Amruta Patil (born April 19, 1979) is an Indian writer-artist, and India's first female graphic novelist.[1] She created the groundbreaking graphic novel Kari.

Life and CareerEdit

Patil received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of the graphic novels Kari (HarperCollins India '08) and Adi Parva (HarperCollins India '12).

Kari was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award (2008). The book was shepherded into print by HarperCollins India's editor-in-chief, V.K. Karthika, who was the first person Patil showed it to. Kari was later published in French by Au Diable Vauvert (2008) and in Italian (as Nel Cuore di Smog City) by Metropoli D'Asia (2010).

Adi Parva (274 full-colour pages) is the first part of a graphic trilogy based on the Mahabharata, the Puraans and the tradition of oral storytellers. Paul Gravett featured it in his Best Graphic Novels of 2012 list. Adi Parva has been published in French (as Parva: L'éveil de l'Océan ) by Au Diable Vauvert (2012).

In 2009, Patil was an artist-in-residence at La Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France [2] and her work created for the group exhibition Cent pour Cent is part of the International Museum of Comics' permanent collection there. She is a recipient of the CNL grant (2012); and her commissioned graphic shorts have appeared in magazines [Art Review (UK), ForbesLife, Internazionale (Italy), Femina, India Today, Himal, Tehelka, Biblio, First City], newspapers [Hindustan Times, Mint, Asian Age], events such as the Glasgow Film Festival (2011) and anthologies around the world.

Patil, who identifies primarily as a writer, has a visual style that spans charcoal, watercolour, acrylics and collage. Recurring themes in her work include memento mori, sexuality, myth, sustainable living, and the unbroken thread of stories passed from storyteller to storyteller through the generations.


  • Adi Parva (HarperCollins India Private Ltd, 2012 (English))
    • Parva: L'éveil de l'Océan (Au Diable Vauvert, 2012(French))
  • Kari (HarperCollins India Private Ltd, January 2008 (English))
    • French edition (Au Diable Vauvert, November 2008)
    • Nel Cuore di Smog City (Metropoli D’Asia, April 2010 (Italian))
  • Anthologies:
    • Obliterary Journal (Blaft, 2012)
    • Water Myths from Around the World (Tulika, 2010)
    • Stories for Girls (Puffin, 2008)


  1. Interview with Paul Gravett
  2. La Cité internationale de la bande desinée et de l'image
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