Today, almost three decades later, River of Stories continues to be current, urgent, and perhaps the most important story we need to hear and understand.
—Arundhati Roy, from the Foreword
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Sardar Sarovar Dam project in Western India became the focal point of a massive grassroots protest. People from all over the country converged to voice their opposition to environmental destruction and the forced relocation of Adivasi communities, all being done in the name of irresponsible and poorly planned development.
Orijit Sen's account of the Narmada Bachao Andolan is drawn from his personal experiences from 1991-1993. Weaving together the history of the resistance movement with stories of local people and tribal folklore, River of Stories is an inspiring document of environmental activism, as well as an important milestone of Indian comics history.
Generally recognized as India's first graphic novel, Orijit Sen's River of Stories has been out of print for many years. We are excited to bring out the 25th anniversary edition in a handsome hardcover binding with forewords by Arundhati Roy and Paul Gravett, along with a collection of images from Orijit's sketchbooks.
About the Author
Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, muralist, cartoonist and designer based in Goa, India.
He is a co-founder of People Tree—a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople. Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Tree’s in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa. River of Stories is his first full length comic. Orijit is also co-founder of the Pao Collective of graphic artists, and chief editor of Comixense—a comics quarterly for young readers.
Orijit has served as Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, where he initiated an experimental arts and research project entitled ‘Mapping Mapusa Market Project’, involving students, educationists and artists. He was also visiting professor at the Visual Arts Department of Ashoka University.
His work has been extensively published, exhibited and installed in India as well as