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Uncle Pai dies at 81

Posted by Sara | Blogging | Thursday 3 March 2011 6:27 am
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Uncle Pai dies at 81

Anant Pai, the big name associated with series on Hindu mythology, has died from a heart attack at age 81.

The death of “Uncle Pai” was confirmed by ACK Media Marketing Manager Rushabh Sanghavi.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

The publisher of Indian comic book illustrator Anant Pai‘s series on Hindu mythology says the artist has died from a heart attack at age 81.

ACK Media Marketing Manager Rushabh Sanghavi says Pai died unexpectedly late Thursday after undergoing surgery on Saturday for a fractured foot.

The fracture forced him to skip India’s first-ever Comic Con over the weekend, where fans gave him a lifetime achievement award that was collected by his longtime editor Reena I. Puri.

Pai was credited with helping to launch India’s comic book industry in the 1960s with his “Amar Chitra Katha” series chronicling the ancient Hindu epics Mahabarata and Ramayana and released the first comic in his wholesome children’s series “Tinkle” in 1980.

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