About Riyaaz

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The Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators was set up jointly by the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts, Eklavya, Bhopal and illustrator Atanu Roy in 2015. The Academy is a platform for budding artists and young illustrators to explore different forms of illustrations through a dual mode – one week of theory and intensive hands on practice and three weeks of distance mode every month, supported with mentoring by a group of eminent professionals. The one-year certificate course aims to refine the perception, professional skills and intellect of students interested in illustration, especially picture book illustration. In the first year, Riyaaz has trained 16 young illustrators who have already illustrated books and magazines for several publishers including Pratham Books, Eklavya, NCERT, Room to Read and Agha Khan Foundation.

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