Gautam Benegal showed a marked aptitude for graphic arts from his early years. His illustrations and articles appeared in the children’s magazine, Sandesh, when he was 16 years old. Gautam was invited to submit his work by Satyajit Ray, renowned film director and editor of the magazine. Gautam Benegal has various children’s books to his credit ranging from children’s nursery rhymes and folk tales, to educational books. He loves to explore the ethnic cultural nuances and traditions of India using various styles in different artistic mediums. He is a renowned author, socio-political commentator, and a National Award winner for animation films.