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Ever wondered who is behind the beautiful illustrations of #Chandamama?
The Sword Yielding Vikram & the Betal on his shoulder, or countless other paintings of characters from our Upanishads, Puranas & Itihas were all sketched by
#KCShivashankar or Artist Shiva, as he's called.
On his 96th birthday, a small tribute for the Only Surviving Member of the Original Chandamama Team.
Born on this day in a small village near Erode, Shiva's mother came to Chennai with children after a close relatives death.
As per Shiva's father's order, Shiva & his younger
brother got joined at Corporation School.
Shiva's talent in drawing was discovered at HS where his drawing teacher said,
"Son, do not go for BA or MA. I know your value. You must join the arts school".

Immediately after passing out, in 1946, he joined the Tamil magazine
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If I say Nagi Reddy, this name doesn't reckon much for many, but Vikram & Betal Stories???
If AmaraChitraKatha came with toons, #Chandamama came with stories..
It taught as Moral, Ethics, Integrity, Nationalism & introduced quizzical, puzzling #VikramBetalStories
Nagireddy was a great visionary & a man who who was a master in multiple sectors.
If Chandamama enriched readers through books, his movies gave masses knowledge about Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavatha & Puranas.
All these were before Ramayana & Mahabharata came in Doordarshan.
It's not an exaggeration to say, NagiReddy gave immense fame 4 NTR & Nageshwar Rao.
He had a partnr, #Chakrapani who was a screenwriter
This combination delivrd successful films for decades in multiple languages.
At one time, his #VijayaVahinStudios at Chennai was Asia's Largest.
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