Devendra Ojha (Dev)
Artist, Editor, and Writer in New Delhi, India
I was in High School it was the time when I could not imagine that one day I can give speech & share my emotions from the school stage. But in 11th standard I got admission in Inter College, so none of the teachers know me and were also unknown regarding my shy image. So I decided that here I will make a distinct identity of mine. Then I started participating in school level programs. This was the beginning of First turning point my life. In 2009 during NSS & Scouts camp I met my new friends Mr. Pradeep Bharti who proposed me to join Umang group. Umang group was working with children in Uttrakhand on the issue of child rights. After joining, an enthusiastically aspire to create my own identity. On the one hand I was learning about media tools in Umang group while on the other hand, together with new friends at school I was trying to eliminate my hesitation.
After getting training from the Founder of the World Comics Inda Mr. Sharad Sharma I participated in a movement against Corporal Punishment Called “Choro Re Chari-Chari Ke lagal Hathkadi” in Nautanwan, Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh. After returning from the movement I conducted more than hundred comic workshops together with women community and other NGOs working in rural areas of Uttarakhand. After being associated with Umang group I started writing for “Umang” Newspaper published by Umang team and also learned cartoon making and trained to other children.
Then I continued my training in cartooning and comics from World Comics India, New Delhi from Mr. Sharad Sharma. In 2011 I did complete my research on Tharu community of Uttarakhand and submit a Final graphic novel Report “Tharu- Ek Bhooli Katha”. The book has been published by World Comics India and launched during the Comic Con, Delhi in 2013. During this time I was also working as a cartoonist in the evening daily newspaper “Uttaranchal Deep” which publish from Haldwani.
In the year of 2012 I came to Delhi from Uttarakhand and started working as a graphic designer in a company at Gurgaon. Here I learned about the work of designing. Subsequently I also worked for newspaper “Aaj Samaj” in Ambala in Haryana, Dainik bhaskar, Punjab Kesari, Dainik jagaran etc.
In Present I am working with Navodaya Times Newspaper in New Delhi.