Born in Kochi in 1981, Priya graduated from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Growing up in cantonment towns, there was not much to do and the need to entertain herself emerged. She took to reading, writing and drawing. The school structure was not interesting enough, so it was necessary that she enjoyed her time with things that she liked doing. She worked as an animator in a production house in Mumbai that made commercials and later for the Sesame Street show (Galii Galli Sim Sim) in Delhi. She has been illustrating for children’s books since 2003. She has illustrated numerous books for publishers like Tulika Books, Penguin books, Hachette and Karadi Tales. She published her first wordless picture book ‘Ammachi’s glasses‘ with Tulika Books in 2017 and has collaborated with the writer Devapriya Roy on a graphic biography of Indira Gandhi for young adults. For leisure, Priya loves to cook and read. One of her favourite books is ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ by Jerry Pinto. She currently lives and works in Bangalore.

Jury Speaks:

“Priya Kuriyan has the rare ability to get inside a child’s mind with her illustrations that bring alive a story to a young reader. The story emerges through her lines, textures, colours that harmonize to allow the illustrations not only to speak with the text but also read the subtext to create the story’s atmosphere, which is the heart of telling a good story.”

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