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Read comics on Dalai Lama, those on Gandhi also in offing

September 2, 2010

Now for comic books with a difference!
DNA India
August 31, 2010

Dharamsala, (PTI) -- A graphic novel on the life
and personality of Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama will now be available in 10 languages
in different parts of the world, an innovative,
fun and colourful source of information which is
expected to especially appeal to the children.

Japan's renowned cartoonist Tetsu Saiwai, who
wrote the original 'The 14th Dalai Lama - A Manga
Biography' in graphic form, has plans to feature
the life histories of many iconic personalities
such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa through
his manga (Japanese graphic) art.

The comic on the Dalai, launched on his 73rd
birthday in 2008 in Japan, has now been
translated from Japanese into 10 other languages,
including English and Russian.

While the English version will be launched
worldwide on September 28, the novel in Russian
language has already been made available in The
Republic of Kalmykia in Russia where Buddhism is the dominant religion.

A total of 1,500 such comics have been made
available to children in the Buddhist community
of Kalmykia under a joint initiative of the
Moscow-based Save Tibet Foundation and the
Kalmyk-Japan Friendship Association, said
Lobsang, an official of the Tibetan government-in-exile here.

The artist and writer has done extensive research
on the subject in Lhasa, the administrative
capital of Tibet, and the illustrations in the
'comic' are connected to the true life of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Saiwai has also published numerous comic books to
promote environmental protection and human
rights, and has future plans to feature the life
histories of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin
Luther King and Mother Teresa through his art.
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