While everyone else in India was racing to create the Next Big Animated Film, Akshata Udiaver decided she preferred being the one to write about it. Taking note of the serious dearth of animation -related information specific to India, she started a little ‘blog’ – All About Animation - that spoke about various aspects of Indian Animation. The response was so encouraging that she decided to take it forward and develop it into a full-fledged portal that would become a one-stop destination for anyone in India seeking info on the Indian Animation Scenario.
Akshata is a committee member of TASI -The Animation Society of India, and also a member of ASIFA India and Women in Animation India. She loves animation in all its different avatars and is a big fan of experimental animation. An Applied Arts Graduate from Sir J J Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, Akshata was running her own design studio doing graphic and web design and copywriting till she could no more resist the call of animation and thus, All About Animation (the blog) was born on 1st September 2007, while website was launched on 1st December 2007.
A short stint at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, New York in 1999-2000 had already introduced her to the magical world of animation (to which she has been addicted ever since). The fascination has now translated into a passion to create the much-needed awareness about animation in India and also to promote budding animators and artists while fostering a culture of original, independent and creative Indian animation.
All though she is yet to make her first animated film, she has tried her hand at various styles of experimental animation and has several stories swimming around in her head. Whether the stories find their way out as animated films or as books remains to be seen. But in the coming days, AAA is sure to become THE destination for animation students, wannabes, professionals, educators and fans alike!