Indian animation industry

The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation as well as visual effects for feature films.[1][2][3] 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.

Another landmark animated film from Films Division is Ek Anek Aur Ekta, a short traditionally animated educational film released in 1974.[4][5] The film is presented as a fable meant to teach children the value of unity, and was frequently broadcast on India's state-run television station, Doordarshan. The first Indian animated television series was Ghayab Aaya, which aired in 1986 and was directed by Suddhasattwa Basu. The first Indian 3D and VFX was done for the television series Captain Vyom by animation.

In 2000, AK Madhavan won a contract for his animation studio to produce a series of CGI animations for a US customer. He co-produced India's first 3D stereoscopic full-length feature film, Alpha & Omega, with Lionsgate.

The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, which was a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company. It was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj.[6]

Awards and festivals

Awards and conventions for the Indian animation industry include:

Societies and Organizations

The Animation Society of India (TASI) is a non-profit organization with its head-office in Mumbai. It hosts Anifest India, the biggest annual animation festival in the Indian subcontinent.

The ABAI (Association of Bangalore Animation Industry), with its head office in Bangalore focuses on the AVGC markets (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics).[9][10]

The Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID) is a non-profit body for animation and related arts.

Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is an active body promoting Indian AVGC industry, amongst others. MEAI is also noticeable for high powered delegations to international markets and festivals.[11]


The Indian animation industry was estimated at $354 million in 2006 and was forecast to reach $869 million by 2010. In 2009, the state of the animation industry in India, was growing at a CAGR of 30% and was estimated to reach US$1.5 billion by 2015.

Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai have major concentration of animation studios in the country.

Notable animation studio companies in India

Animation studios in India including television channels and production studios.

List of Indian animated movies

Since The Banyan Deer was released in 1957, there have been over 130 animated movies produced in India. The following animated movies were released in India.

List of Films

Animated TV series produced in India

channel Show Orignal Run
Doordarshan Ghayab Aya 1990
Lok Gatha 1992
Bongo 2004-2006
Hungama TV Akbar and Birbal 2006
ViR: The Robot Boy 2013-Present
Nickelodeon/Sonic Nicelodeon Shaktimaan Animated 2011-2012
Motu Patlu 2012-Present
Shiva 2015-Present
Keymon Ache 2011
Pakdam Pakdai 2013-Present
Little Krishna 2009
Cartoon Network/Pogo The Adventures of Tenali Raman 2003-2004
Chhota Bheem 2008-Present
The New Adventures of Hanuman 2010(Season 1)
2011(Season 2)
Roll No 21 2010-Present
Kumbh Karan 2010-Present
The Adventures of King Bikram 2009-2010
Mighty Raju 2011-Present
Disney Channel/Disney XD Chorr Police 2009-2012
Arjun Prince of Bali 2014-Present
Gajju Bhai 2016-Present
V for Virat 2016-Present
Astra Force 2016-Present
Colors Suraj-The Rising Star 2012-2013
Chhoti Anandi 2016
MAA TV Junior Parmanandu Shishyulu
Discovery kids Howzzattt 2013
Luv Kushh 2012-2014

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