Our workshop at Hansraj College, Delhi was short but no less on energy or enthusiasm. After a few drawing exercises, everybody, including all teachers and students wrote, shared and discussed their own personal stories and experiences that they would later want to make into a comic. Various different stories emerged, like the story about a boy who decided to stand up against a man who broke the queue at the metro station, the story of a Godman whose remedy to poverty was itself so expensive that no poor man could afford it, and the story about a boy’s cook who took care of him like his own mother. After a long, intense discussion on every story, the students started working on creating visual frames for these stories.
The workshop was organized in collaboration with The Igniters in association with Kalakriti- The fine arts society, Hansraj College.
Amit Sengupta opening grassroots comics workshop with his lecture covering development journalism, knowledge sharing, social justice and many more issues.
The workshop was an interactive session and then the discussion followed the story sharing and comic designing. All the stories came from real life experiences and issues bothering the youngsters who attended the workshop. A lesson of ‘learning and unlearning’ was learnt and the session proved to be the communication of hope.
What a wonderful workshop at Holi eve @Kolkata, stories of life transformed into comics!
The activists of Reach-India Organisation working in Jharkhand and West Bengal participated in a 3 day Grassroots Comics Workshop held at Kolkata. The activists working on the issues of governance, employment, women rights and panchayati raj created powerful stories based on their real life experiences. In the later part of the workshop, they were also trained as trainers.
Dr Akshay Prasad of AIIMS, Delhi (biggest medical institute of India) attended our last Graphic Medicine workshop and drew a comics on Acid Victims and how doctors deal such cases. Yesterday was his birthday and this is how he celebrated it. This was truly comic’s power as this doesn’t restrict one’s stories and ideas to the comics but has the power to manifest in reality.