Frontlist Books | Behind the Scenes: Illustrating a Sudha Murthy bookFrontlist Books | Behind the Scenes: Illustrating a Sudha Murthy book
on Jul 21, 2020
Visual artist Priyanka Pachpande researched a variety of Indian fabrics to illustrate How the Onion Got Its Layers.Sudha Murthy is back with another book — the second in her chapter book series. Titled How the Onion Got Its Layers, the story is not of the vegetable or the tears that accompany it. An ode to weavers who spin tales, and otherwise, it is the story of a princess who loved new clothes. It was first released during the lockdown, in April, in e-book and audiobook formats. The physical copy has hit the markets this month. Murthy, the chairperson of Infosys Foundation and an award-winning writer, had written the first of the series — How the Sea Became Salty — as the story of an orphan Sridhar, who was mistreated by his aunt. It was brought to life by renowned Indian illustrator Priya Kuriyan. This time, accompanying Murthy’s wit and simplicity is visual artist Priyanka Pachpande’s illustrations. This is the second book that Pachpande has worked on, and her art doesn’t go unnoticed. Her first was Geeta Dharmarajan’s Choo… Mantar that she illustrated as part of her internship at Katha in Delhi. “I hadn’t thought that such an angle could be given to an onion,” says Pachpande. She adds, “But I could instantly imagine how the book was going to look, I knew a lot of fabrics were going to be involved, a lot of patterns will be involved and a lot of movement will be involved in the picturisation,” she says.
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