An Anthropological Enquiry on Indian Comics and Culture

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 66(1-2) : (183-201), 2017

An Anthropological Enquiry on Indian Comics and Culture

G. Kanato Chophy
New India Foundation Fellow, Bangalore, Karnataka

Abstract
The article critically analyses the Indian comic ventures juxtaposed with other comic traditions exploring the themes of nationalism, religious identity, sexuality, satire and artistic curtailment influencing comic culture. I highlight the inconsistencies in comic culture in relation to the Indian social reality that it seeks to represent. Drawing from popular imageries and themes used in Indian comics, the argument proceeds significantly on how comic representations are influenced by conservative ideals and notions held by the majority rendering a distinct Indian comic culture.

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