Message from Brenda Beck: Publication of Annanmarswami kathai as a graphic novel

September 15th, 20127:34 am Published by

Dear Colleague,

I am happy to share the good news that a project I have worked on for
nearly 50 years has just become accessible to all via the internet.
The Legend of Ponnivala is a major South Indian oral folk epic that I
collected in 1965 from a singing bard. I have now overseen its
animation in 26 colorful episodes using artwork inspired by genuine
South Indian folk traditions. My team and I have also compressed the
story into 26 full color graphic novels.

As culturally informative reading books for young people The Legend of
Ponnivala is a vividly entertaining adventure story. As a resource
that invites insightful analysis by college students wishing to learn
about India, the Ponnivala story presents many indigenous Hindu folk
ideals in a crystallized, colorful and memorable form.

Series 1 of the larger Ponnivala graphic novel set is available now as
13 ebooks in English on Amazon Kindle. Series 2, along with a Tamil
language edition, will be available shortly. Just type “Ponnivala”
in Kindle’s search box, or go directly to

(Kindle reader apps are available for a wide variety of devices and
desktop platforms at no cost from

Teachers interested in using some of my analytic essays and study
guides on various Ponnivala topics are welcome to contact me. Our
animated videos, including two feature-length overviews of the story,
are also available for classroom use. Some key points of study include
the roles of various Hindu gods and goddesses, traditional family
structure and social values, the nature of political leadership,
mythic tales of creation, core events in medieval Indian history,
links to the Mahabharata and much more.

I hope you will join me in discovering more about The Legend of
Ponnivala, my passion and the focus of my work for more than four

Yours sincerely,
Brenda Beck
Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of