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Krish Trish & Baltiboy - A Series of Animated Movies Retelling Indian Folklore PDF Print E-mail

Flipping through the pages of a folk-tale book, making journeys to far-faraway places; now the stories lie deep in history, waiting to be explored by a child.

Then came the excavators named Munjal Shroff, Ram Mohan, TilakRaj and their followers. The excavators are called Graphiti Studios. They unraveled the folklore that is long forgotten by generations and are carving a remarkable graffiti of their own…

The treasure box opened again!

This is a beautiful translation of history into the most fun animated engrossing series called Krish Trish and Baltiboy…this stunning animated series of Graphiti is traditional yet unconventional, it is fresh and breaks every barrier of conventional story-telling on the most sought after channel by children: Cartoon Network.

The sensibilities and aesthetics of the series are gripping. Three endearing cuddly 3D characters Krish, Trish and Baltiboy, ( Baltiboy being Munjal Shroff's favorite) are minstrels. They like Munjal Shroff, Ram Mohan sir and TilakRaj want to tell a tale and they tell it in a language that today's generation is inclined to. The stories are exceptionally interesting, after pondering over twenty something stories Graphiti locked on to three stories. Apart from the stories, the presentation is charming. It is true to the land it comes from. One story comes literally passing sands of time - Rajasthan, the second story is set in God's own country Kerela and the third comes from India's green fields of Punjab.

We were very intrigued to know that why Graphiti chose this unconventional path, in a way challenging the stereo-types. It is said that when trends are broken a new trend begins, so we went to ask the artists at Graphiti, the trend-setters of a fresh style of animation and portrayal of culture.

Munjal Shroff, the co-founder of Graphiti Multimedia, a witty story-teller, knitted his experiences on working on Krish Trish and Baltiboy into a video, which we bring to you'll. The experiences have experiences in experiences.

We would like to first tell you of Munjal's narration of how Krish Trish and Baltiboy made it to the television screens. Children's Film Society had an eye for this brilliant content that was before ignored. And then Cartoon Network was the broadcaster who truly understood the value of this fine-looking format, making waves in this age of Ben 10s and Powepuff Girls.

The Graphitians were on a diet of folk music and that lured them to folk and then finally enchanted them into making Krish Trish Baltiboy. Let us not spoil it for you, because Munjal himself will tell you of how they began this journey.

Once upon time, about four years...

Drawing Inspiration from the real world - Baltiboy is a work of inspiration. Munjal and his team were of the opinion that they should have distinct identity of characters. The sutradhars are the constant in the three movies, and therefore the viewers could register a clear image of the 3D characters, where as the series characters were in 2D. They worked very hard on the characterization of the minstrels, having set ideas for the Cat being almost British in its mannerisms and the donkey being the innocent adorable, a little nutty drummer and the monkey. Taking inputs from Ram Mohan sir's sketches, they developed the 3D characters with a difference in the design to suit 3D requirements. There are lot of elements in the design that suit the characteristic of the minstrel. Munjal said that the donkey especially has dreadlocks which is the highlight and is the attraction which makes the viewer associate him with a drummer.
The three different stories have different art forms in which they are animated. Munjal speaks of his excursion to the museum. Books are a sea of information, archives of culture and art. They have gone through stacks of historical books that illustrate folklore. Munjal also spoke of how they learnt of the folklore aesthetics from the places where the movie was set in. For example they observed artists of Nathdwara. They have a peculiar style of painting Shreenathji in the style of Moghul miniatures. For the story set in Kerela, one of the artists named Sunil at Graphiti studio got references from his hometown. Munjal very animatedly added that since they were working on KTB, their antennas were always up, therefore anyone who mentioned folklore, they jumped at the opportunity to accumulate as much information possible, everyone working cohesively towards one goal Krish Trish Baltiboy. The entire studio shared a passion for KTB and only because of that belief KTB is what it is today.
Voices play a very vital role... A voice envelopes the person's emotion and characteristics. Munjal and his team had a tedious task to present characters and characters that would be true to their origin. He gave a real anecdote of one of their voice over artist who wasn't a professional but a teacher with a strong voice. She gave voice to the Punjabi woman and after a pep-talk she suited the strong bully Punjabi woman very well. There was a phase in the story where she had to modulate her voice from talking normally to roaring like a tigress and she pulled that off with ease, which in fact would be a feat for a professional too. Munjal loves Baltiboy and he mentioned that Baba Saigal, a notable singer rendered the voice of the donkey without hesitating, he brought the charm and innocence of the donkey to life. For the story characters Munjal said they were very lucky to have NSD theatre actors to audition from and Munjal was very pleased because with the force and spontaneity that the theatre actors performed, he wouldn't have got the same output from any television or movie actor. One thing Munjal said that he learnt in terms of voice overs was that one should never go with presumptions. They had variety of voices and no voice was the same of another character.
KTB breaks all rules of the book. This is the time to experiment. Munjal was of the opinion that Krish Trish Baltiboy is unconventional but it has worked for its audiences. It has been made with complete conviction and also seen to the interest of the audience. He emphasizes the fact that a film should be made to attract as many viewers as possible, keep their interest and keep them engrossed. It has to be captivating.

Everyone has favorites, we asked Munjal, which was his favorite character and story. For the character pat came the answer Baltiboy. The story of Rajasthan is closest to his heart. He expressed that this was their first story and it was very deep rooted in culture. It had very many layers, the robust queen was a tedious task to animate since she had so many elements. Though the characters and design was 2d and had the feel of a cut-out, they did not compromise on the fluidity of the animation for example the Queen's ghagra flowed how in real cloth would flow. Amongst very many other projects like Kulveera the KTB team was very proficient.
8 months deep in the folklore…The listeners and story tellers share their experience. Munjal Shroff accentuated the fact that KTB wouldn't have been possible without his team. He believes that only a team that works consistently can mould the final masterpiece.
CGTantra is most thrilled to cover the story of Krish Trish and Baltiboy, we would like to thank Graphiti Multimedia to share it with the CGTantra community. These series are very strongly portraying Indian culture in a format that has never seen before. The stories are light, the style is unique, they are deeply rooted in the Indian culture, the aesthetics being beautiful. In the age of Mickey and Doremon, an IP like Krish Trish and Baltiboy is giving us the chance to relive and revive the long-forgotten Indian Folk Tales.

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