For Lalitha Pai, 72, the widow of Anant Pai, founder of Amar Chitra Katha, reaching out to a new generation of readers is the best way to relive her husband’s dreams.
“Anant introduced the country to young Indians and taught them about their roots and culture in a fun, non-preachy way,” said Lalitha, who addressed a press conference to launch the Amar Chitra Katha Scholarship in memory of her husband on Thursday.
Pai, fondly known as Uncle Pai, died on February 24 after a kidney failure.
The scholarship, which has been launched in more than 70 cities, is open to children in the age group of 10 and 15 years. “It will be an annual event from this year and students will not be assessed on their academic performances,” said Samir Patil, CEO and founder, ACK Media, adding that the awardees will be free to pursue their interests.
The applicants will be judged on the basis of multiple-choice questions and an essay that will be mentioned in the application form. “The national winner will get a scholarship of Rs11 lakh, which will help fund academic and extra-curricular pursuits,” said Ashni Biyani, director of Future Ideas, the art wing of the Future Group. “We will also be choosing seven special metro winners and 71 city winners,” she said.