Pawan Putra Hanuman
Director: Ajay Kumar Chakravorty
Hindi/1981/Colour/19mins (Also available in: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati)
The revered Hindu god Hanuman is known for his devotion, courage and fun-loving nature. This animation film depicts how he crosses the ocean to reach Lanka in search of Ram’s wife Sita. He has many adventures along the way like encountering Mainak the mountain, Surasa the crocodile and Sinhika the female demon. He finally manages to trace Sita but is captured and Ravana orders his tail to be put on fire. The impish Hanuman, with a burning tail, sets fire to the city before returning to Rama.
Director’s Biography: Ajay Kumar Chakravorty
A Fine Arts graduate from Vishwa Bharati University, Ajay Kumar Chakravorty began work as a visualiser in Bombay and also founded the Anandam Films Society. Later, a 1949 Czechoslovakian puppet film triggered his ambition to learn animation. In 1961 he made India’s first animated puppet film – ‘Nanche Munhe Sitare’ and won a National Award for the same. He won two other National Awards for his 1974 film ‘Alibaba’ and his 1982 film ‘Raju and Tinku’. Chakravarty has made around nine animated films based on fairy tales, mythological themes and historical subjects