Storytelling has been a central part of Indian culture with every region having its own style of narration. Whether it is Andhra Pradesh, where the gypsies narrate stories by beating drum or Tamil Nadu where a stringed instrument is used to narrate heroic ballads. Nautanki and puppetry are age-old traditions that visually narrate stories full of magic, fantasy, animals that talk and mythical landscapes. The exaggerated and simplified characters of these ancient modes of entertainment often portrayed complex political socio-cultural and religious ideas. We come from the culture of telling stories and creating art, animation just another form of art.
The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation as well as visual effects for feature films. 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.
The first steps in terms of inculcating animation in films. The first few films in the Indian industry were Ek Anek Aur Ekta, The Hunt, Ghayab Aaya, and Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama. In today’s time most of the films that are made include animation in all sorts. It was in the early 60’s, when Mandar Mullick started experimenting animation in his own small studio in Calcutta by building his own wooden animation stand and a Michel camera. In his studio he performed experiments in the area of advertising and animation films along with Ganesh Pyne, one of the notable contemporary artists of the Bengal School of art. This right here can be stated as the birthmark of animation in the Indian animation industry.
The number of animation courses also started to increase in the country considering its scope and the increased number of job opportunities. This further led to the increment of animation into a much wider and broader enlargement of the entire sector. Animation arrived with immense storm in the nation and gained a solid and prominent ground soon enough. More and more people started taking animation as a career seriously and took up animation classes.
Right from the beginning of animation’s startup in India till this date it has gained solid prominence in terms of its popularity in all the possible sectors. The sector where it has gained the highest foot is the cartoon industry as it is where the entire largest audience base for animation is found.
If you want to be part of this extraordinary legacy of animation industry then you need to take a deeper look into the vast and wide arena of animation history. The animation legacy is still continued and becomes better and better with evolving times.