Where is Ulat Bansi?, is a graphic novel by Amaranta Nehru. Here is what Amaranta says about it:
The poet saint, Kabir has left us words from the 15th century. Most of us have heard or read some of them. The poetry we are less likely to have to come across is a category called 'Ulat Bansi'.
'Ulat Bansi' literally means 'upside-down' language. It has similarities in structure with 'nonsense verse' and the absurd and paradoxical nature of 'zen riddles'. To me, the world of Ulat Bansi seems like a melting pot of wit, humor, absurdity, unpredictability, wonder and joy. It's more likely area to find subtle truths than the sanest philosophies and theories. It's always refreshing, surprising and the possibilities of what you can imagine with the words is endless.
The brief given to me was to make an introductory booklet to Ulat Bansi. I designed the book as a ride with a playful, song-like narrative of a girl, Satli Banu, in a way that echoes the strange logic of an Ulat Bansi. The book begins with the impossible question of 'Where is Ulat Bansi?' and points at the futility of the human mind beyond a point. This is something i awakened to in my interaction with this peculiar poetry and reading Linda Hess' book 'The Bijak of Kabir'. In the end, the Simpleton/fool is wiser than the wise and what Satli Banu is looking for is within her own self.
-- Amaranta Nehru is an illustrator and animator who also does graphic design, story writing and graphic novels. With her work she hopes to make her environment more 'wonder'-full, interesting and imaginative. Her work can be viewed at http://amarantanehru.wordpress.com/ She created Where is Ulat Bansi? during her time as a student at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.