Animation veteran Sir Ram Mohan has been named for the Padma Shri awards announced on the eve of the 65th Republic Day of India.
Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India.
Animation Veteran Ram Mohan, the legend and the doyen of the Indian animation industry is receiving this award for his contribution in the Indian Animation and Art. He has played a significant role in the evolution of animation in India. With over a hundred films to his credit, his contributions span a wide spectrum of work across the areas of 2D classical animation, 3D computer graphics animation to cinema and live action. With a career spanning more than 50 years, he runs Graphiti Studio at Mumbai.
Graduated in Science from the University of Madras and later gave up post-graduate studies to join the Cartoon Films Unit, Films Division, and Government of India in 1956.He received training in animation techniques from Clair Weeks of Walt Disney Studios, under the US Technical Aid
Ram 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 in1968. 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 in collaboration with Yogo 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, an opening sequence for Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi, a sequence for Mrinal Sen's Hindi film, Bhuvan Shome, and for such films as Biwi O Biwi, Do aur Do Paanch and Kaamchor.
His past achievement includes National Award for the Best Film on family planning, “Baap Re Baap” and National Award for the Best Animation Film; “You Said it”.
In 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.
He received Communication Arts Guild Hall of Fame 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 and lifetime achievement award at the 2006 Mumbai International Film Festival.
Congratulations to Sir Ram Mohan, who is a true inspiration and mentor of Indian Animation and Entertainment Industry.