Abotani, an animated movie that was screened at the London Animation Club on Wednesday and at the Cultural Animation Festival in Honololu in the month of May this year will be translated into Japanese. The animation short was released in India in 2013.
The movie brings forth the folk tales of the Tani Community of Arunachal Pradesh. Tara Douglas, a London-based culture researcher will translate the short animated movie. Abotani is the cultural hero of the Tani community. The story portrays a quarrel between Abotani and his brother Yapom, a spirit, which leads to the division of their land.
Abotani was made as part of Tales of the Tribes, a series of short animation movies based on the folktales of indigenous communities in Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim. It is already available in Apatani, Galo, Tenyidie, Lepcha and Manipuri languages, apart from English and Hindi.
Tara, a graduate in animation from West Surrey College of Art and Design in the UK, spent months in India since 2013 as part of her efforts to preserve tribal folktales through animation following her involvement with the Adivasi Arts Trust.