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Stories come to us in many different vessels as writers. They also entertain us differently as readers. The power of visual storytelling can’t be underestimated, especially when in conjunction with magical words. Writer, illustrator, and filmmaker, Debasmita Dasgupta is well-versed in all these various forms. She talks to us in the next episode of Kitabi Qisse. Tune in to get all her insights!

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The power of visual storytelling is particularly exciting when one needs to engage reluctant readers or young readers. In addition, visual tools sometimes help decode a complex concept better. Don’t we all love beautifully illustrated graphic novels or children’s books? The visuals add so much depth and nuance to all stories.

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About author & illustrator, Debasmita Dasgupta

Peerbagh Kitabi Qisse with Debasmita Dasgupta on the power of visual storytelling

Debasmita Dasgupta is an internationally published, Kirkus Best Prize nominated illustrator, graphic novelist, and a filmmaker. She was born in Kolkata and lived in Singapore for more than a decade. Currently, she lives in the United Kingdom.

Debasmita enjoys drawing both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated many picture books, comics and poems working with publishers in various parts of the world including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the UK, and the USA. She has also illustrated animated stories that have been showcased in the Raindance Film Festival, in London and Toronto. As an art-for-change advocate, she tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits. 

Debasmita also mentors aspiring and emerging visual storytellers in Asia. Connect with her on Instagram here.