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Ram Mohan

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Ram Mohan born 1931 is an Indian animator, title designer and design educator, who is also known as father of Indian Animation and was a veteran in the Indian animation industry, who started his career at the Cartoon Films Unit, Films Division of India, Government of India in 1956 He is chairman and chief creative officer at Graphiti Multimedia, a Mumbai-based animation company which was established in 1995, and later he also established the Graphiti School of Animation in 2006

He had won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film twice, You Said It 1972 and Fire Games 1983 He was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 Mumbai International Film Festival and was awarded the Padma Shri the fourth-highest civilian award given by Government of India in 2014


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 Bibliography
  • 7 External links

Early life and education

Graduated in Chemistry from the University of Madras and later moved to Mumbai for his post-graduate studies but gave it up to join the Cartoon Films Unit, Films Division, Government of India in 1956 He received training in animation techniques from Clair Weeks of Walt Disney Studios, under the US Technical Aid program Weeks was at the time serving a two-year stint as the head of the Cartoon Films Unit Another important person to join at the same time was Bhimsain Khurana, who also became a notable animator Ek Anek Aur Ekta


Mohan worked as an animator with the Films division till the late 1960s, and thereafter founded Ram Mohan Biographics, in 1972 It ultimately merged with UTV Toons, a division of United Studios Limited USL UTV Group in 1998

Mohan started out by doing character design and story boards for This Our India, an animated film adapted from a book by Minoo Masani He scripted, designed and animated many of Cartoon Film unit's productions from 1960 to 1967, including 'Homo Saps' which won the National Award for Best Experimental Film, 1967, and 'Chaos' which won an Award at the Leipzig Festival of short Films in 1968 He participated in the 1967 world retrospective of Animation Cinema in Montreal

In 1968 he left Films Division and joined Prasad Productions as chief of their animation division In 1972, he established his own production company, Ram Mohan Biographics, which worked on commercials, and the animated feature Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama 1992, which he co-directed in collaboration with Yugo Sako from Japan

Ram Mohan's film credits include several animation sequences for mainstream filmmakers – an animated song for BR Chopra's Pati Patni Aur Woh 1978, a title sequence for Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari, a sequence for Mrinal Sen's Hindi film, Bhuvan Shome, and for such films as Biwi O Biwi, Do aur Do Paanch and Kaamchor


Film Year Role Notes
Chaos 1967 Director Animated short film
Baap Re Baap 1968 Director Animated short film
National Award for the Best Film on family planning
Haseena Maan Jayegi 1968 Animation Director Title sequence
Bhuvan Shome 1969 Animation
You Said It 1971 Director Animated short film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film
Shatranj Ke Khilari 1977 Animation Director
Pati Patni Aur Woh 1978 Animation Director Song "Na Aaj Tha Na Kal Tha"
Do Aur Do Paanch 1980 Animation Director Title sequence
khubsoorat 1980 Animation Song "Qayda Qayda"
Insaf Ka Tarazu 1980 Title Design
Biwi-O-Biwi 1981 Animation Director Title sequence
Kaamchor 1982 Animation Director
Fire Games 1983 Director animated short film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film
MeenaTV Series 1991-2001 Director16 episodes from 1991-2001
Storyboard artist3 episodes from 1991-1995
Animated children's television show created by UNICEF and ToonBangla
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama 1992 Directorwith Yugo Sako Animated feature-length film
Indo-Japanese co-production


  • 1969– National Award for the Best Film on family planning, "Baap Re Baap"
  • 1972– National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film: You Said It
  • 1974– He was commissioned to script, design and direct a series of educational films on population and environment, "Down to Earth" for the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Family Planning Association of India
  • 1983 – National Award for the Best Animation Film: Fire Games
  • 1996– Communication Arts Guild Hall of Frame award for Life Time achievement Series director:“Meena” for UNICEF, a series of 13 episodes dealing with issues concerning the girl child in south Asia
  • 2001– Advertising Club Award 'ABBY' for Life Time Achievement
  • 2003– IDPA 'Ezra Mir' award for Life-Time Achievement Broadcast India
  • 2014 - Padma Shri, India's 4th highest civilian award by Govt of India


  1. ^ a b "Animated dreams" The Telegraph, Calcutta 8 July 2006 Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  2. ^ "Father of Indian Animation" 27 January 2014 
  3. ^ Wright, Jean Ann 2005 Animation writing and development: from script development to pitch Focal Press p 33 ISBN 978-0-240-80549-8 
  4. ^ a b "20th National Film Awards" International Film Festival of India Retrieved 26 September 2011 
  5. ^ "Animation artist honoured" The Hindu 5 February 2006 Retrieved 4 March 2010 
  6. ^ "Padma Shri Award Announced for Animation Veteran" 27 January 2014 
  7. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs 25 January 2014 Retrieved 26 January 2014 
  8. ^ "An undying love for cartoons" The Hindu Retrieved 7 February 2014 
  9. ^ Nichola Dobson 2009 Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons Scarecrow Press p 14 ISBN 978-0-8108-6323-1 
  10. ^ a b Gurnani, Anand "Following the star of Indian animation and comics with its 3 wise men" Animation Xpress 
  11. ^ "Ramayana films" The Ramayana at the British Library The British Library Board 2008 Retrieved 15 October 2008 
  12. ^ "31st National Film Awards" India International Film Festival Retrieved 9 December 2011 
  13. ^ "31st National Film Awards PDF" PDF Directorate of Film Festivals Retrieved 9 December 2011 


  • Lent, John A Ram Mohan and RM-USL: India's Change Agents of Animation Animation World, August 1998
  • Design In India on Ram Mohan

External links

  • Graphiti Multimedia, Official website
  • Ram Mohan Biographics on IMDbPro subscription required
  • Ram Mohan on IMDb

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