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Karadi Tales, a subsidiary of Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd, which provides meaningful entertainment alternatives for kids and families, launched their new, vibrant picture book – ‘A Pair of Twins’ at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Bringing fun into the development of early learning skills of kids, ‘Karadi Tales’ new title is a charming tale of friendship, dreams and self-discovery; one that will encourage the kids to develop a sense of self. Parents can buy ‘A Pair of Twins’ (priced at Rs. 195) online through www.karaditales.com.
Authored by Ms. Kavitha Mandana, a prominent children’s writer, and illustrated by Ms. Nayantara Surendranath, also an animator and visual artist, ‘Karadi Tales’ new picture book, ‘A Pair of Twins’, features strong female protagonists, Lakshmi and Sundari. They are an unusual pair of twins with an unusual connection. No one knows how special both are until they are called upon to save the day. The enthralling story will make children question gender stereotypes. Written in a simple, non-invasive way, the message is told without preachy or didactic means.
Ms. Shobha Viswanath, Publishing Director, Karadi Tales, said, “A Pair of Twins is about a girl who dreams of being a mahout and her special relationship with an elephant. It is one of those powerful and unusual stories that breaks gender stereotypes.”
Kavitha Mandana, Author, A Pair of Twins, said, “This is a book I wrote when my daughter was much younger, and opening up a child’s mind to all the possibilities in the world was very much top priority for me. I hope that when the book is read by parents and their kids together, it makes both generations aware of how gender stereotyping works and how much it limits a child.”
In “A Pair of Twins”, the meticulous artwork, intricate and stylized at the same time, recreates the glory of the old Kingdom of Mysore, offering a sophisticated glimpse into India’s rich and colorful heritage of royalty. In parts dramatic and in parts quaint, the artwork combines the very best of modern techniques of art and design with the elaborate details of old-fashioned miniatures. The paintings are large and magnificent to appeal to the kids. “A Pair of Twins” is visually appealing, multi-faceted, and culturally informative. The brisk narrative sets a theatrical pace, which will keep the reader hooked until the very end.
MS. Nayantara Surendranath, the illustrator of A Pair of Twins said, “We are very excited that our book, A Pair of Twins was launched at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014. Social barriers like gender disparity have been an age-old struggle not only for women, but also for men. From the way we dress to what we aspire to be; we are constantly being told what we can or cannot do. A Pair of Twins is a story about these very struggles. One of courage, love and how anything is possible if we just believe in ourselves.”
About Karadi Tales:
Karadi Tales is a children’s publishing house based in Chennai, India. Karadi Tales was begun in 1996 by a group of writers, educators and musicians to create a space for Indian culture in the child’s mind. Karadi Tales provides meaningful entertainment alternatives for kids and families and brings fun into the development of early learning skills.
About Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd :
Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd., India’s leading publisher of books for children, publishes some of the most loved brands including Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Karadi Tales, Brainwave and well-known proprietary characters like Suppandi. They develop products for multiple platforms including print, online services, games, television, films, mobile and home videos. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has a design studio in Bengaluru and a subsidiary in Chennai.