Storytelling has been a central part of Indian culture with every region having its own style of narration. Whether it is Andhra Pradesh, where the gypsies narrate stories by beating drum or Tamil Nadu where a stringed instrument is used to narrate heroic ballads. Nautanki and puppetry are age-old traditions that visually narrate stories full of magic, fantasy, animals that talk and mythical landscapes. The exaggerated and simplified characters of these ancient modes of entertainment often portrayed complex political socio-cultural and religious ideas. We come from the culture of telling stories and creating art, animation just another form of art.
The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation as well as visual effects for feature films. In 1956, Disney Studios animator Clair Weeks, who had worked on Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country’s first animation studio as part of the American technical co-operation mission. He trained a core group of Indian animators, whose first production was a film called The Banyan Deer (1957). Veteran animator Ram Mohan started his career at Films Division’s Cartoon Unit.
The first steps in terms of inculcating animation in films. The first few films in the Indian industry were Ek Anek Aur Ekta, The Hunt, Ghayab Aaya, and Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama. In today’s time most of the films that are made include animation in all sorts. It was in the early 60’s, when Mandar Mullick started experimenting animation in his own small studio in Calcutta by building his own wooden animation stand and a Michel camera. In his studio he performed experiments in the area of advertising and animation films along with Ganesh Pyne, one of the notable contemporary artists of the Bengal School of art. This right here can be stated as the birthmark of animation in the Indian animation industry.
The number of animation courses also started to increase in the country considering its scope and the increased number of job opportunities. This further led to the increment of animation into a much wider and broader enlargement of the entire sector. Animation arrived with immense storm in the nation and gained a solid and prominent ground soon enough. More and more people started taking animation as a career seriously and took up animation classes.
Right from the beginning of animation’s startup in India till this date it has gained solid prominence in terms of its popularity in all the possible sectors. The sector where it has gained the highest foot is the cartoon industry as it is where the entire largest audience base for animation is found.
If you want to be part of this extraordinary legacy of animation industry then you need to take a deeper look into the vast and wide arena of animation history. The animation legacy is still continued and becomes better and better with evolving times.
Animation has come a long way and its development has also been seen in the Indian animation industry. Creating animation is all about giving your imagination a picture on the screen and yes, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. The animation industry has always had a place for the talented people. If I talk about the future of animation in India, then we can say that though the growth in this industry is not at par with the Hollywood, but still animation has a bright future in India for sure.
The animators have a tough luck in the Indian film industry because the numbers of animated movies are very few in comparison to other countries. There are some feature films where the use of animation can be seen. It is the outsourced projects which have been kept the hope of the animators alive to be associated with the films where animation plays an important role. These project`s remuneration is quite handsome and has enriched the animation industry of India. This trend is here to stay and will only benefiting the Indian animation experts. Apart from the film industry, there are a lot of opportunities for the animators to create magic with their skills. In the Television industry, a huge amount of animation works is in line, which requires the presence of these experts. A lot of the animated series was introduced on TV in the last decade and there are more in the pipeline, which will open immense job opportunities for the animators.
Many advertising companies are also hiring the animation experts in the creation of animation for their ads. With the introduction of e-learning methods, many educational organisations are hiring the animators for the creation of computer based learning software. These organisations ask the animation experts to create an easier way of learning with the help of animation so that the students will enjoy as well as learn the subjects quickly. Gaming industry is another field where the opportunities for the talented people are increasing day by day. India has shown a tremendous growth in the field of gaming and based on the increasing demand in the coming years, this field will continue to hire 3D animators for the 3D animation games.
These facts clearly indicate that India is not going to lag behind in the field of animation in the years to come. Apart from film industry, which is still mostly dependent on outsourced jobs, other sectors like education, TV, advertising and medical, etc. are slowly and steadily increasing their demand for the animation experts. Thus, it can be said that animation is one of the flourishing industry in India and the opportunities will increase for the animators in the future.