The Lost Birthday : Tanvi Bhat’s Narrative for the #6FrameStoryChallenge

So many illustrators who have been participating in the #6FrameStoryChallenge have been telling us that playing with the random words presented in the Word Wishlist was an adventure on its own. Tanvi Bhat went on to tell us ‘When I started out, a few words in the wishlist were especially jumping out at me. As I began drawing, this
strange story almost took shape on it’s own. Even I was surprised at the absurdity of it but that’s the beauty
of this campaign.’ We love how Tanvi has used watercolours to create her narrative and the little details one gets to see in each frame – from cactii houses to the glow worms, from the wallpapered walls to the trees by the river. Go on and find out what happens in ‘The Lost Birthday’.

The idea that a publisher, illustrators and authors get together to create an open source database of art
and endless stories was so exciting. I had to be a part of it.
The lovely people at Pratham Books, by the looks of it, will not rest until every eager child has a storybook
in his/her hands.

It took me 2 days to finish it and it was a race against time but worth every minute of it!  

(Tanvi Bhat is a freelance illustrator who lives in Mumbai and loves the rains. She’s a self-taught artist who
loves to draw for children’s books. In the past few years she’s illustrated various books with Pratham
Books, Amar Chitra Katha, Karadi Tales, Duckbill Books and Tulika Books. She’s also conducted
illustration workshops at various literature festivals like Kala Ghoda & Junior Writers Bug. She works with
water colors and gouache and gets her inspiration from things she sees when out exploring the streets of
colorful India. You can follow her work on Facebook. The two books Tanvi has illustrated for Pratham Books are ‘What shall I wear today?‘  and ‘Little Painters‘)

Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv EipeKalyani GanapathyPrashant MirandaKavita Singh KaleMegha VishwanathPriya Nair PanickerSweta Roy ChoudhuryPaneendra SureshPriya KuriyanYulianto QinManjari ChakravathiSonal Goyal and Sumit SakhujaSamidha GunjalPreeti LataShwetha Elisha,Mithila AnanthSunandita MehrotraVedavathi Narasimha MurthyJithin JacobVidya Gopal,Archana SreenivasanSomesh KumarGumaniAntara MukherjiAnjora Noronha,Vinayak VarmaSoumya MenonJisha UnnikrishnanKruttika SusarlaNinoshka DiasIsha S ValentineNeelima RaparlaVallabhi ShegaonkarSangeeta DasHari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi MitterLily BanerjeeAditi DilipNiloufer WadiaDeepa JayaramanAnupamaApteNishith MehtaMuhammed ShafiAmar SoniKrishna Prakash K,Lavanya KarthikSonal Gupta,Kabini AminJason DvorakTanvi BhatRanjani SShikha NambiarAritra Roy ChowdhuryVaishali ChudasamaSharanya KunnathPriya ManikandanMilan NayakDelwyn RemediosGeetanjali BAmbica VinodShailja Jain ChouguleChitra ChandrashekharNikita ModiDavid KnightGeetali TareNilomee Jesrani
If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform – do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.

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