AUGUST 2010 To,
Dr Manmohan Singh
Vol No 2 : Issue 3
Honorable Prime Minister of India.
Kerala Cartoon Academy Sub: The Need to establish a National Cartoon Gallery
2nd Floor, Sir,
Amarakerala Buildings, We , the cartoonist community of Kerala, would like to bring to your
Kalabhavan Road, kind attention the following relating to establishment of a permanent
National Cartoon Gallery at New Delhi. In this context we would like to
highlight the following facts.
Panditji’s friendship with Cartoonist Shankar is all too famous for
elaboration . It can be truly said that Pandit Nehru paved the way for
Political cartoons to flourish in this country. Rajiv Gandhi was another
politician who could chuckle looking at cartoons made at his own expense ,
which lampooned him or his party. Thus it could be said that it is members
of the Nehru - Gandhi family who first made the Indian public look up to
our Cartoonist clan headed by the likes of Shankar, Kutty, Abu et. al.
EDITORIAL with the same admiration which David Low , Thomas Nast and Pat Oliphant
Chairman were bestowed upon by the West.
PRASANNAN ANIKKAD Politicians and cartoonists had always had a love-hate relationship.
However, it is an established fact that without the patronage of politicians
no famous cartoonist could ever have blossomed into their best . Also,
Secretary art, culture and monarchy always co-existed side by side in the ancient
SUDHEER NATH times. On the flip side, Oscar Berger’s cartoons angered Adolf Hitler
and Berger had to flee from Germany. However, the liberal leaders of
USA and UK received him with open arms and encouraged him.
T V G MENON Paul Conrad was again the cause for the nemesis of Richard Nixon. Then
again, Thomas Nast , considered as the “Father of the American Cartoon”,
exposed the corrupt politician Boss Tweed who had stolen millions of
Art Editor tax payers’ money and brought him to book.
K K SURESH The art of ‘cartooning’ was kept on a elevated pedestal by many countries
in the West. So much so, almost all the western nations have instituted
National Cartoon Academies and Galleries . In that context, therefore,
Illustrations it is but apt that India too gets a National Cartoon Gallery for cartoons.
The formation of such an institution will be in the fitness of things and
ANURAJ K R
the act will be looked upon also as a mark of respect to the contributions
made by Panditji and Rajivji in promoting the art in all their wisdom.
Cover Design Further, this institution could possibly be made to function under the
PRASANTH VS aegis of Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts.
In the light of the above, Kerala Cartoon Academy , on behalf of the
Lay out Indian cartoon fraternity as a whole requests you, Sir, and Government
LITTLE BUTTERFLY’S Of India , to kindly consider constituting such a National Cartoon Museum
and bring it to life at the earliest . If premises and other facilities are
made available for this cause the Kerala Cartoon Academy will be pleased
NICOLAS VARGHESE to take up all responsibilities in running it.
JAYARAJ VELLUR Respectfully yours,
Prasannan Anikkad Sudheer Nath
KARTHIKA KATTANAM Chairman Secretary
PRIME MINISTER DR MANMOHAN SINGH ASSURES ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL CARTOON GALLERY
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured to a
delegation of the Kerala Cartoon Academy for
the establishment of a National Cartoon Gallery
in the National Capital for preserving, promoting
and to spread awareness about the cartoon art
form in the country.
Kerala Cartoon Academy(KCA) delegation lead
by Chairman Prassannan Anickad and Secretary
Sudheernath, comprising of vice chairman
Balachandran(Balu), Satyadev and cartoonist
Uday Shankar called on Mr Singh in his
Parliament House office and expressed the long
felt need for the establishing of a National
Cartoon Gallery. Singh, who was featured in an
exclusive publication of KCA called 123
Manmohan Singh, assured that the issue would
taken with the concerned Information and
Broadcasting ministry and Cultural ministry to
look into the feasibility of such a project.
MEMORIES ON A RECLUSE CARTOONIST
Cartoonist Kerala Varma, 86, popularly known
as Kevy in the cartoon circle to the disciples,
is no more. The end came at early morning on
23nd July at Thripunithura, Ernakulam.
Kerala Varma was a member of the Ananthapuram
Kottaram in Harippad. He started his career with
the Sanker’s Weekly and later became the staff
cartoonist of Eastern Economist.
His pocket cartoons, popularly known as Bharat
Darshan, attracted many in the early 1960s and
70s. He was an active member and petron of
the Kerala Cartoon Akademi. Kerala Cartoon
Academy felicitated Kerala Varma by presenting
Fellowship in the year 1996. He had sketched
many controversial cartoons ridiculing
Jawarhalal Nehru and the antidemocratic
decisions taken by Indira Gandhi during the
After his retirement from Delhi Cartoons, Kevy
returned to his wife’s house in Tripunithura.
His wife Padmavathy Thampuran had
predeceased him. Kerala Varma is survived by
daughter Nandini Thampu an (BSNL). Kunjunni
Raja is his soninlaw.
Kerala Cartoon Academy paid last respects to
late Cartoonist Kerala Varma. Kerala Cartoon
Academy Vice Chairman Cartoonist Balu laid
wreath on the body on behalf of KCA. KCA
Chirman Prasannan,Adv. M M Monaye MLA,
Nathan, Abba also pay there respects.
I do not understand
why KERALA VARMA
the honours that
some of the Kerala
died earlier received?
Varma had aquired
a status in the field
of Political Cartooning
which few other cartoonist
in India could boast of.
KERALA VARMA (1924-2010) He stood by the values
he believed in and refused
I am deeply grieved to know to be intimidated
our colleague, the great cartoonist
and their threats .
Kerala Varma, is no more.
Neither was he
Varma was one of my closest friends. We had influenced by their tricks.
worked together and even when we ceased By refusing
to be together in the Shankar’s Weekly, we to recognise him,
continued to be friends. He was a great human Kerala has done
being.He was one of the best among my an injustice
contemporary cartoonists. Unfortunately he to a great Artist.
did not acquire the conventional fame and We insulted him !
recognition that he deserved. He belonged to
the great clan
Even though a small- built man, his courage that produced
was gigantic. He dared face injustice with Raja Ravi Varma,
contempt and defiance and was ready to fight the great artist of yore.
it against heavy odds. He challenged the I, as a Malayalee
historic EMERGENCY ! bow my head to him
I am proud that I can claim to have been a in respect as also in shame
friend of his. My wife and children were all for what my
close to him and his family. I request you to compatriots did.
kindly convey our grief to his daughter and (An e-mail shot in sincere
other members of his family. MAY HIS SOUL frustration by Cartoonist
REST IN PEACE. Kutty from USA)
K M MATHEW
Kerala Cartoon Academy bows its head in deep laid wreath on the body on behalf of Kerala Cartoon
sorrow at the sad demise of the thespian K.M Academy. Cartoonists Sukumar, Nathan, KCA
Mathew, (MATHUKUTTYCHAYAN),Chief Editor of Chairman Prasannan Anikkad, Raju Nair, Abba Vazoor,
the Malayala Manorama Daily... Anil Vega accompanied Cartoonist Toms.
He was the doyen of the 4th Estate who kept
our Malayalam flag flying high in the print circles
all over the country and also the world at large..
He was a mentor to all of us cartoonists in Kerala
as also the to the Kerala Cartoon Academy.
To someone who showered unstinted support
and encouragement on the cartoon community
as a whole, we express our deep and sorrowful
‘adieu’, bathed in blackness of Indian Ink!.
Kerala Cartoon Academy paid last respects to
late Mathukuttichayan. Senior Cartoonist Toms
Cartoonist Missy (Thankachan Joseph ) passed times.
away following a massive brain haemorrhage at Kerala Cartoon Academy paid last respects to late
MM Hospital, Kolenchery on August 3rd. Missy is Cartoonist Missy. Chairman Cartoonist Prasannan
survived by Wife Sibi Thankachan and two laid wreath on the body on behalf of KCA.
daughters, Santhra Mathew and Aingal Mathew. Cartoonist Nathan, Balu, John Kakkanad,
The Kerala Cartoon Academy joins Missy’s family Aravindan, Abba Vazoor accompanied KCA
members in their grief as it did in Missy’s happier Chairman.
WITH ONE STONE
Kerala Cartoon Academy Chairman Prasannan Anikkad receiving
the certificate for KCA from Limca Book Of Records Editor Vijaya
Ghose at there office . KCA secretary Sudheernath received the
certificate for KCA member Khaleelullah Chemnad. KCA Vice
Chairmen Balu, and Sathyadev were present.
Whoever thought that there will be a connection
between Kerala Cartoon Academy and the Limca Book Of
Well, few did!
That is , until now!
Two birds with one stone may be an apt way of putting the
recent achievements of KCA, one for itself and another for
one of its noteworthy members...Mr. Khaleelulla , the
wizard of Arabic calligraphy! –
The long expected happened with KCA’s name getting
included in the Limca Book Of Records for the milestone
activities of the Association involving the propagation of
the ART OF CARTOONING, effectively elevating it to a very
high level of visibility and recognition...
And the art of our friend Khalleelullah getting due
recognition in his chosen field!
Something like ‘Going Where No Man Has ever Gone’
(Mr. Spock please note!)
John Paul releasing Life and Work Of Cartoonist Thomas published by KCA by handing over first copy
to Krishnakumar , Managing Director, Nupal Remedies,flanked by KCA Chairman Prasannan Anikkad on
19 August 2010. In the audience, Mrs. Pamela Elizabath Thomas.
That is saying a lot in the case of our ‘Lightning Fast’ Age 45, height 5’ 6", wait...no.. no,
Stroke Maker.....Sajjive Balakrishnan. weight:120kg, and according to the tailor’s
measuring tape, vital figures :- 136-224-136-
Some guys take their own time to create a caricature
(though it is not quite clear which is which)
which then ends up with a longer hair and larger
The guy loves to flaunt his god-given skills
mustachios (hese things grow and grow with time,
and size with a cheerful abandon !
He has appeared in social networking sites
But Not Sajjive... His caricatures are ‘snap-shot’-ish...
as the Heaviest Cartoonist in India. By the
(read ‘instantaneous... well, almost!) , that do not let
way , this ‘FATOONIST’ ‘prayogam’ , accor
grass ( or hair )grow under your er....your feet (or face)
ding to him, is a multiple pun on FAT, TOON
It is reliably rumoured that this ‘super fast’ once & his eternal and elemental joy - the Kerala
ensnared an old couple going to the Siva Temple Vegetarian Sadya (OONU). This title , he says,
(apparently to atone the sins committed by them, was adopted by him in 2007 at the time of
severallly and jointly, over the day...). right in front his initiation into blogging. He now regularly
of the TDM Hall , Ernakulam. Sitting astride his equally blogs in Malayalam at http://www.kerala
massive, albeit much (ab)used , mobike he pulled out hahaha.blogspot.com/& http://www.oones
with flourish a sketch pen and a much dog-eared pad warampo.blogspot.com/.
from the dialapidated shoulder bag and before the
Not only that , there is one in English too...,
old woman could complete reciting the prayer ‘Om
it is namedhttp://www.fatcartoonist.blog
Namassivaaya’, he handed them their ‘ joint
caricaure’...Much to the amusement of the folks that
had gathered around by this time to watch the Prolific, and some... ! Hugh ?
performance ...and to the embarrassment of the Now to a bit of his life history....
In 1976, prompted by his father, he enrolled
This FA(S)Toonist has an impressive set of vital himself under Guru SHANTHANU of the
statistics that adequetly compliment his caricaturing famous Santhanu’s Chitra Vidyalayam,
skills. Chennai for a 6 month’s postal course in
As proclaimed by the man himself :- ( Hold on to your cartooning. Since then there was no looking
seats, chums..) back ... he has been drawing Cartoons from
SAJJIV AND HIS CRAFT
Caricaturing the ‘Men in Black’
1976 and caricatures from 1978 onwards . And has Quote: A cartoonist is never alone in a group.
miles to go before he stops ( if ever, by the look of He gets liked by all age groups instantaneously
things) once he goes on a roll, esp. if a caricaturist.
Since joining the Income Tax Department in 1988, Unquote : He lives with his play-back singer
he says he had been doting on only one thing – wife Lekha .R. Nair , and son Siddharth, a
that whacky 2 minute stuff of SPEED CARICATURING budding singer himself, along with his aged
! ( what Income Tax Department has to do with it mother in Panampilly Nagar, Kochi....
is still a much pondered-over mystery...!) And worst of all, signs himself off as...
Till now, he claims to have done about some 10000 “Heavily Yours”...!
caricatures including those done for shows.
The best part about being a cartoonist , according
to this man with a zest for humourous living is :-
LAUGHTER COMES IN PAIRS
Thrikkakara showcased the by now famous-
ANIYUG - Animation Festival, while the
Ernakulam press club witnessed the
inauguration of the much publicised ‘Blog on
A R Rahman’...
Delivering a pair of twins in the same hospital
on the same day is ‘passe’ now but the same
at two different hospitals on the same day?
Having bitten by the success bug, on the 16th
of April KCA again arranged two programmes
in two different States , viz; Kerala and
TamilNadu, on same day. In the morning
So does success, apparently ... Thalassery had a sumptuous breakfast of
Try this for size... humour , titled ‘MASTERS STOKES’...
On 1st of March, KCA arranged and pulled off with And during the same day evening Chennai dined
elan two functions, one at Ernakulam and another on “Peter’s Strokes ...”-Cartoonist Peter’s
at Thrikkakara. The Kerala Press Academy, cartoon exhibition.
A KAL ARI
WITH A DIFFERENCE
Kadathanadu has been famous for its Kalaries, abodes of to the veterans, settled within and
traditional martial arts. Here, you can practise certain beyond the State. They included
offensive and defensive steps based on your physical fitness. Sukumar, Nathan, PVKrishnan,
You are taught to handle different types of weapons like PrasannanAnikkad, Sudheernath,
stick, spear, knife, sword etc. Sathyadev, Madhoos, Unnikrishnan,
Sajjive, Sageer, Karthika Kattanam,
But the common man of Panoor, Kannur, a place which is
Surendran Varachal, Jeppy Nirmala
synonymous with untoward incidents, has recently
giri, Jayaraj Vellur, Murali K Mukun
experienced a Kalari of new genre. The main weapon used
dan, Dinraj, Anil Aroor, Prasob
there was a STICK bold marker targeted at a white board
Mazhoor, Anuraj, Dwijith Payyanur,
arranged on the stage, where you can prove the (sketch)
Abba Vazhoor, Santosh, Sandesh,
pen is mightier than the sword.
Suresh KK, Shiju Mathew, Prasanth,
Of course, it was the “Cartoon Kalari”, a two-day state level Ajithkumar and Ajaykumar.The
cartoon camp held in a festive mood on 15 th and 16th May veteran cartoonist belongs to the
2010. The Kalari was as a part of ‘Kadathanadu Mahothsavam’, home district, PV Krishnan ,who has
a series of cultural events declared by the Minister of State been a Sakshi (witness) to the entire
for Home Affairs Mullappalli Ramachandran in a development socio-political scene for decades,
seminar titled ‘ Vision Vadakara 2025’.The camp was a joint wielded the baton of the camp.
venture of Kerala Cartoon Academy and Kadathanadu
In the morning of 15th May, the first
Mahothsavam Organising Committee.
day of the camp, we, cartoonists
Inspite of much boosted negative images of the venue, people and participants were warmly
from all walks of life responded positively to the Cartoon Kalari. welcomed to the venue, P R
Enquiries flooded to the cited phone numbers from the first Memorial Higher Secondary School,
day of the camp news published. The aspirants came without Panoor. The registration center near
any age, sex or politics bar. Kerala Cartoon Academy proudly to the main gate was on alert to
paraded its maximum number of inmates, from the buddings note the members of the camp,
though most of them ensured their participation all the way from the capital of the nation ,opened
much earlier on phone.The fore ground of the the camp by caricaturing the father of the nation
school was fully occupied by stalls of the trade “ A cartoon of two lines is sharper than an article
exhibition and fair in connection with the of thousand words,” thus affirmed M Mukundan,
‘Kadathanadu Mahothsavam’. An arrow marked noted Malayalam writer, who was speaking on
black board kept aside guided us to the hall in the inaugural session. “ A cartoonist gets only
the upstair,the thatt (stage) of the Kalari. very little space compared to a writer ,” he
Just before the inaugural meet , the camp added , “ but, our great cartoonists were those
director switched on the microphone for a who utilised that space powerfully and fruitfully.”
general introduction. All the registered He emphasized the fact that Indian cartooning
participants introduced themselves. For some of was nurtured mainly by the cartoonists from
them, a cartoon camp was first of its kind in their Kerala
life. The expectation of the inmates was artistically Prasannan Anikkad , Chairman of Kerala Cartoon
channeled by the director towards the array of Academy , presided over the fuction. Academy
cartoonists on and off the dais . “ Many of them Secretary Sudheernath, veteran cartoonists
are the products of cartoon camp like this,” he Sukumar, Nathan, Camp director P V Krishnan, P
pointed out. S Karunakaran, Ashok Kumar IAS and Pradeep
And the cartoonists Sukumar, Nathan, Sajjive, Chokli among others spoke. Convener of the
Prasannan Anikkad, Sathyadev and Anuraj came programme V Surendran welcomed the gathering
before the audience ,one by one with self while Muhammed Kadavathur proposed a vote of
introduction, as an index of forthcoming sessions. thanks.
The Cartoon Kalari was inaugurated by neither a The formal session was started by Sukumar, the
man nor a woman of any distinguished position. It eldest cartoonist of the camp. He opined that
was the national animal, named Shera, as the each face has a remarkable shape, rather a
mascot for 19th Common Wealth Games 2010, came geometrical one. Caricaturing political leaders,
he demonstrated how a square turned into
VS Achuthanandan and rectangle into Sonia
Gandhi. His comments while drawing thrilled
the camp members as well as his cartoons.
The first day of Cartoon Kalari, closed with a public
“A cartoon is a graphic communication,” said programme, “Chiri-Vara Arangu”, the stage for jokes by
the director as he began his class. He started strokes. An audience of thousands witnessed the event
from the basic lessons of cartooning. Advising without turn off for hours.
the would be cartoonists to master the key Prasannan Anikkad welcomed the mammoth gathering.
lines, he drew minimum lines to capture the As the moderator of the programme, He took the first
different positions and expressions of the turn and started the ‘Chiri-Vara’. Some replica of his
familiar leaders in national and state politics. published cartoons drawn on the white board attracted
He stressed on perspective of a frame and the public as to see one of their favourite cartoonists in
proposition of a figure without which a action. After that, he invited others on the stage, where
cartoon may distract its viewers. He support Sukumar, Nathan,Raveendran, PV Krishnan, Sajjive,
ed the theory of drawing by sketching a train Karthika Kattanam and Surendran Varachal were seated
moving towards the point of vision on a track in waiting.
with one side having a row of electric posts Sukumar stood before the audience with some oral
and the other side some buildings cartoons. His story of a school inspection,”Arinhuda
The next turn was of Sageer, the freelance Mashe”(we don’t know, teacher ) depicting the black holes
of the much shining educational system of the state ,
cartoonist and illustrater . He mainly concent
thrilled the public who burst out laughing
rated on animal world to depict the action
oriented cartoons. Dogs, cats and rats Raveendran felt sorry for his inability to crack any joke .
But his very appearance on the stage itself enthralled
the audience, as most of them were watching the matinee-
idol in flesh and blood for the first time.
The next one in the row was Sajjive, the fastest
caricaturist of the Academy. His bold marker caught every
one who dared to sit before him on the stage for few
minutes.The public was stunned to see their people get
transformed soon to the doodle on the white board. People
were on queue for being caricatured.The models included
even their beloved MLA, K P Mohanan.
P V Krishnan did not touch his sketch pen but the heart of
the people by reciting a satirical poem penned by himself
at the time of his marriage. The theme of the poem was
disposing of a dead bandicoot happened to be seen infront
personified in different sizes and positions the house in the early morning after the first night. He
amused not only the children but the grown announced his joy on seeing one of his jokes being spread
ups also. Sageer brought his much acclaimed anonymously .Only at the moment of his disclosure ,the
characters from the Gulfumpadi P O, a audience realized the man behind the famous wit
graphic strip being serialized in the Sunday attributed to Seethi Haji, “ I three love you !”
edition of a Malayalam daily, Thejas, to Nathan came with his caricaturing and mimicry. He started
illustrate how to get ideas for a cartoonist. his story from a domestic issue which gradually turned
into a political one. Simultaniously his sketch pen changed
The afternoon session was started with an
a chappathi in contention on the board to A K Antony’s
introduction by Sathyadev, Vice-President of
face. Mimicking a few words of the Defence Minister,
KCA. As a news editor of Surya TV, he cutely
Nathan invited a loud laugher.
anchored the episode by inviting Nathan,
another veteran cartoonist and the former The KCA joint Secretary Surendran Varachal was the last
man on the stage. He began with a joke of a few words
nathan (chairman) of the Academy to handle
and lines. But his cartooning out of the doodles of an
the session. Nathan insisted on certain
onlooker attracted the audience more. He concluded the
qualifications to learn cartooning. Good
Chiri-Vara Arangu with his master piece demonstration of
drawing, wide reading and keen observation
converting a Ranga-styled Bapuji to a baby by turning the
are the main qualities he attributed a
canvas upside down, after minimum touches.
cartoonist. He drew some characters and
SHERA, THE VIP
mimicked the voice of the persons being caricatured.
EK Nayanar and AK Antony were seen best among his
In between, KP Mohanan , MLA of Panoor Assembly
Constituency, visited the Kalari. He, as the chairman
of the organizing committee, apologised for not
attending the inaugural function as scheduled to
preside over.He extended his wishes to the camp.
Nathan handed over the mike to an younger
cartoonist, Unnikrishnan, Sub-editor of Mathrubhumi
daily. He led the class on his own style of
cartooning.He kept drawing more than talking . He
copied some of his published cartoons and caricatures
to elaborate on the subject.
Then came Raveendran, the cine-actor , who is widely
known as ‘Madrassile Mon’ after his protagonist role
in a Malayalam movie of the same name. But he
appeared here in a new role, a resource person of
Animation Industry. The big-screen man came across
the history of animation from the classic to the digital
by showing the relevant clippings on the mini-screen
of his laptop. His calibre in acting helped Raveendran
to explain the style of motion and expression of
animated characters.He concluded his class on the
last day, by screening some new animation short films. Shera, the inaugurator
The guest appearance of the artist, photographer of the Cartoon Kalari,
and art researcher, KK Marar at the end scene of reached the venue
the day added some artistic ripples to the ‘Cartoon from Thalasseri railway station
Kalari’. Though he was a invitee to the opening in an open decorated jeep.
ceremony, he could not attend the function due to It was escorted by
personal engagements. He informally wished his best eminent personalities
for the camp. of the area in cars
and sporty youth on bikes.
In the evening,all members of the Kalari were led to
The cub was received
the play ground of the school, a little away from the
at the Kalari by a thrilled
venue .As a part of the Cartoon Kalari, there had
gathering of celebrities
been arranged a mega public programme named,
from socio-political scenario
“Chiri-Vara Arangu”, the stage for laughing strokes.
and the campmates.
The second day of the Kalari began with a new Aasan It was welcomed by
(teacher). It was the turn of Jayaram an art teacher, Vinayak Babu,
painter and cartoonist. He started the class by sharing the youngest member of the camp
his experience as a cartoonist in newspapers in Gulf by handing over the National Flag.
countries and as a spot caricaturist at Dubai Shopping Sreyaja and Sreshaja,
Festival. members of the kalari,
Jayaram taught a simple method of caricaturing by gave away the caricatures
using geometrical pattern. He easily turned of the mascot to itself.
squares,triangles ,rectangles and circles into faces In fact, Shera was the soul
of known political leaders. He demonstrated how to of the opening ceremony.
draw K Karunakaran out of a triangle. The same The very presence of this VIP
triangle was also get transformed to K Muralidharan, was a visual feast that got highlighted
son of the former. in the news of the Kalari,
as curtain raisers
After Jayaram, the mike and the bold marker were and follow ups,
given to Prasannan Anikkad. He explained how he in the print and the electronic media.
The last session was by Karthika
Kattanam. He changed the mood
of the class by handing over the
marker to the participants.
Instead, they were invited to the
stage to express their ideas on
the white board. Major part of
them enthusiastically sketched
what they could. The class slowly
turned to be an interactive one.
The after noon really met with
the apt meaning of the Malayalam
word as titled, Cartoon Kalari.
The camp was set for the Kanniya
nkam, the first fighting of the
initiated. There were two kinds
of contests, one in cartoon ing
and other in caricaturing. The
subject for cartoon was ‘Madya
gets the ideas for cartoons even from the every day life. He Keralam’ (liquor Kerala) and for
rather concentrated on captions of a cartoon by playing with caricature, any favourite teacher
words. According to him, a cartoon is equal to drawing plus idea. of the camp. The duration of the
He illustrated it by recreating his recently published cartoons contest was two hours. All the
in vernacular Press, which shows his power of commenting. camp mates came up with good
result well in time. The best five
The next class was by Sajjive, the heaviest cartoonist of India, as
from each section were selected
he himself likes to be introduced, on caricaturing. His method of
teaching was just like his spot show at ‘Chiri Vara Arangu’ of the
previous day. Pointing out the special features in the face of the At the time of feedback, one male
chosen models, he quickly copied them onto the white board. and one female representative of
the Kalari came forward and
During the class ,there appeared a VIP on the stage. It was P K
extended their gratitude.
Sreemathi, the Health Minister of Kerala. The officials honoured
her by gifting a collection of cartoons “123 Manmohan Singh”,the The Participant certificates were
prestigious book of the Academy. She was very happy to be at distributed by KPMohanan MLA,
PV Krishnan, Sukumar and Nathan
the occasion and she expressed her regards. Mean while, Sajjive
captured the figure of the Minister on the whiteboard and others in turn at the closing session of
in the paper. She commented on all the figures chosen for. the camp. Prizes for cartoon and
caricature contests were given
The Devaswam Minister, Kadannappalli Ramachandran was the next
away by the same team on the
to come. He also was honoured by the “123 Manmohan Singh”.
Sajjive did not spare the Devasam Minister also. A spot caricature
Anikkad, Sukumar, PV Krishnan
contest was held soon for the participants. The subject was the
and Nathan spoke. V Surendran
Minister himself who would be the judge as well . Winners were
proposed vote of thanks.
felicitated on the spot. Kadannappalli left the scene only after
doodling some figures on the board as if inspired by the situation.
CARTOON JALAKAM ‘PETER’GRAPHS...
A CENT (PERCENT)
the fact of being late to felicitate a person
like E P Peter.
“ Dear Cartoonists, please keep away from the
paid-news tendency,” thus exhorted M A Baby,
Education and Culture minister of Kerala. He
was on his key-note address after presenting
the K S Pillai Award to Peter. He exposed the
vulgarity of the recently grown ‘cheque-book
DAY IN CHENNAI
journalism’ which supported the political
goons of the country. The Minister appreciated
the sense of humour of Malayalees which has
a long history from the period of Kunjan
Nambiar. He emphasized on the role of
Erupathiyaril Pathrose Peter alias E P Peter, the cartoonists from Kerala to uphold this tradition.
renowned Malayali Staff Cartoonist of a leading Tamil But, nowdays, cartoon has no roles in the
daily, Dinamalar ,and the Vice-Chairman of Kerala dominant field of corporate media. Baby called
Cartoon Academy, was honoured in Chennai on 17 upon the cartoonists to face all challenges to
th April 2010. On the same occasion, he was keep the field of cartoon ever alive.
presented with the prestigious K S Pillai Memorial
The Culture Minister of Kerala released the
Freelance Cartoonist award for 2009. The grand
Cartoonist Peter Souvenir, by handing over its
function held at Malayali Club, Chennai packed with
first copy to Mrs. Peter, the custodian of the
prominent socio-political figures from Tamil Nadu
rock on which a self-styled cartooning is built.
and Kerala, was hosted by Kerala Cartoon Academy
He also gave away the prizes to the winners of
in collaboration with All India Malayali Association.
the cartoon contest held during the workshop
E P Peter, the man of the day, clad in T-shirt and for children
jeans of his favourite monochrome, blue, was duly
By delivering the Cartoonist K S PIllai Memorial
received at the venue , with an enthralling ‘Chenda
speech, the veteran cartoonist Sukumar shared
Melam.’ He and his better half, Ponnamma, were
the stories of his birth and growth as a
escorted onto the stage.
cartoonist under his Guru. He felicitated Peter
While welcoming the gathering, Prasannan Anikkad, with couplets of a parody to a popular
Chairman of KCA, pointed out the motive behind Malayalam film song,Vethyasthanamoru
the function. EP Peter has been cartooning for more cartoonistam Petere…, sathyathil nammal
than 34 years , both in Tamil and Malayalam media. thirichchariyunnu expressing atonement for
But he was not recognized either in his home state not hitherto recognising the talent that is Peter .
or in his adopted state. “ So, with the support of
Nakkeeran Gopalan, well known Tamil
Malayali Association we proudly take this great
investigative journalist, appeared on the dais
opportunity to honour our Vice-chairman,” said the
with a detailed study of E P Peter’s cartoons.
Chairman by highlighting Peter’s contributions to
“ You think that I am the brave one who had
gone into dense forest and interviewed
As the president of the function, Gokulam Gopalan Veerappan. But here is a short man who showed
,President, All India Malayali Association, mentioned more courage to draw cartoons supporting me
even when I was in jail,” said Nakkeeran by bending
his head as a sign of respect to the cartoonist. He
thoroughly analysed a bunch of cartoons published
by Peter. He was very appreciative of the effort
taken by a non-Tamilian cartoonist to become a
keen observer and the strongest critic of the Tamil
Nadu politics. Nakkeeran Gopalan expressed his
gratitude for being with the function to felicitate
such a hard working cartoonist.
“It is quite normal for a cartoonist to become a
figure in his own mother tongue. But, E P Peter
conquered the mind set of a neighbouring state,”
thus acclaimed K A Johny, Chennai correspondent
of Mathrubhumi Daily and General Secretary of
KUWJ. He said that Peter was well equipped with THE UNCOMMON STROKES OF
E P PETER
language and culture of Tamil Nadu. He often used
dialects of Tamil to strengthen the idea of his
cartoons Johny offered his full support to maintain
the power of Peter’s black inked fountain pen.
In the eve
Cartoonists Toms, Nathan, Medimix Anoop and MA
of the felicitation of E P Peter,
Salim were among the others who felicitated the
commenced his cartoon exhibition
cartoonist of the day.
at Malayali Club Hall,
“I felt proud of this moment,” said E P Peter as his Chennai on 16 th and 17th April 2010.
eyes got wet with tears of delight, “ and thanks to It was inaugurated by the eminent
all.” He started his talk in Malayalam and slowly Cartoonist Madan of Ananda Vikadan,
switched over to Tamil, his practical language. He a famous Tamil Magazine.
briefed certain critical moments of his life as a Cartoonists Keshav, Sudheernath,
cartoonist. At the time of MGR,. he depicted a MS Mohanachandran, Praveen,
fox that was waiting outside the Tamil Nadu Vijayakumar, Sreeni, Rajappan and
Legislative Assembly for its relatives inside the House Peter himself were among others on
that was on session. That cartoon invited the occasion. Peter’s friends
controversy which was settled by none other than and fans gathered there
the ‘Makkal Thilakam’ himself. Afterwards, he drew to witness the ceremony.
a cartoon based on a statement by the Chief More than 50 published cartoons
Minister M Karunanidhi. It irritated the great signed ‘Peter’ were framed and
‘Kalainjer.’ He had to spend his valuable personal displayed. Most of them were from
time to write a reply in Murasoli Daily, the organ of his popular column in Dinamalar,
DMK, Thampi, ithukku Badalaga nan varaithal ‘Teekkadai Bench’,
unakku thangave mudiyathu, (Little brother, you the bench in a tea shop.
can’t bear it if I draw anything against this). “ Still, Some other cartoons
Karunanidhi is the best political leader on whom I published in Malayalam
would like to draw again and again,” concluded E and English journals also got
P Peter by thanking all who presented and initiated their apt places.
for the function. The two day cartoon exhibition
M D Vijayakumar, secretary, All India Malayalee attracted media personnel
Association, extended the vote of thanks. as well as general public.
Peter’s Tamil audience
The whole episode, cutely anchored by Satyadev, were on rush to see their favourite
Vice-President, KCA ,was directed by Sudheer Nath, ‘Karuthu Chiththirangal’ (Cartoons)
Secretary, KCA. in wide canvases fixed on the wall
To honour cartoonist Peter and his family, a dinner of the Malayali Club,
was hosted by KCA at Hotel Gokulam Park, Chennai. established in 1897.
KOTTAYAMPALLICKATHODU - 20/6/2010
It was our return journey from the Pathanamthitta
camp. We were 4 cartoonists in the car - Prasannan
Anickadu, Abba Vazhoor, Anil Vega and myself. All at
once Prasannan had a brain wave : “why not we conduct
the ‘next Kalari’ at Pallickathodu ?”
The pros and cons of “Pallickathodu Kalari” were
discussed in detail. The small group was unanimous
about one aspect; Pallickathodu Kalari has to be the
role model for future camps.
The Anickadu Regional Farmers Service Co-op. Bank
volunteered to finance the camp. Great solace! And
what a dream start!
Next, the kids had to be roped in. Through school
headmasters, then some parents. Soon, all the schools
and around Pallickathodu were stormed. Cartoonists
Toms, Sukumar, P.V. Krishnan and Sajjive began to roar
in the kid-artists’ hearts in all majesty. The ALL-FREE
campaign - registration fees, pencil, paper, meals- simply
clinched the work. The number of aspirants touched
and exceeded 150 in hours. We had to short - close
the registration. Fabulous response!
The Kalari kicked off as per schedule. Toms, Sukumar,
P.V. Krishnan and Sajjive were given a warm welcome.
The inaugural function was presided over by Mr.
Gopakumar, President ARFSC Bank. Toms and Sukumar -
the senior most cartoonists were felicitated. Cartoon
Kalari was inaugurated by Toms. Boban, Molly and other The afternoon session was lively with
characters in black lines just manifested on the white Sajjive’s speed caricaturing. He drew
paper fixed on the board. The children were awe- about 40 caricatures. The caricature
struck. And who wouldn’t ! of Mr. K.C. Joseph, MLA which took less
The first session was conducted by senior Cartoonist than one minute almost floored the
P.V. Krishnan, followed by equally lively classes by seasoned legislator.
Sukumar and Balu. Lunch served on time formed the Then, the recluse but gifted Cartoonist
icing to the clockwork conduct of the camp. The food Raju Nair addressed the ‘Kalari’and drew
was a beauty. Steaming, rich and on plantain leaf- all some of his charactors.
malayali affair as we desired. The camp ended at 5’o clock.
CARTOON JALAKAM PATHANAMTHITTA SNAPS
Shera, the mascot of
19th Common Wealth Games
hit the streets of Pathanamthitta, the
gateway to the great pilgrim spot,
Sabarimala, by his presence. The
rustic onlookers stuck to their foot
in disbelief as the cub tiger
majestically roamed their streets in
an open jeep decorated with a
medley of flags and leaves. It was as if
the nearby forest division of Ranny
was in motion. Only the occasional
freakout tigers that sauntered onto
the villages to have a bite on the
homebred cattle used to get this kind
of media attention and processional
But, there was the honking motorcade
PATHANAMTHITTA with blinking head lights just behind
the hero. Brawny athletes belonging
to the District Sports Council, hockey
players of Team Kerala brandishing
their sticks with playful menace ,
Roller skaters heckled in the crowd
The local man and the camp organiser, hefty Shaji Mathew paving way to the distinguished guest.
has the least trappings of an active cartoonist and The morning breeze and the slow rain
sprinkled the garish costumes of the
conjurer but he surely looks the activist (anti-liquor) that
he is. And the mountainous Pathanamthitta beloved Shera playfully. The village
was the last bet for the KCA to ensure apresentable (in locals assembled at both sides of the
number) crowd of kids to attend its childrens’ camp. road for a glance.
Kaavilamme ! Apart from the office bearers of the
The KCA doomsayers were floored ! Camp Director Kerala Cartoon Academy and Y M C A,
Balachandran (Balu) surprisingly got hold of this man to officers from the District
convert the effort into massive success, with the kid administration, The muni cipality,The
applicants beyond the scheduled number of 120 having Sports Council personnel etc led the
had to be gently promised of an immediate second camp procession. When the ralley entered
at Pathanamthitta. the Y M C A hall,the participants in
The camp was inaugurated by the Lok Sabha Secretary the cartoon camp who gathered there
General, Shri PDT Achari, that was presided by Shri Lebi was a loud cheers from the standing
Philip Mathew, President of YMCA Pathanamthitta. The crowd.
classes were led by cartoonists Nathan, KCA Chairman
The chairman of the Municipal council
Presannan,S. Mohan, Sajjive, Karthika Kattanam and Biju
sri.Zakir Hussain inaugurated the
Chandran. After a long time away from the KCA, the...
closing ceremony and Sri. Prasannan
ahem...handsome animator Mahesh Vettiar made an
Anickad, Chairman, KCA, Sri. Sudheer
interesting presentation. Cartoonists Sudheernath, Anil
Nath, Secretary and Sri. Leby Philip
Vega and Abba Vazhoor looked after the welfare of the
Mathew , chairman, Y M C A shared
participants which was a job by itself!
the joys of the occasion.
CARTOON JALAKAM DELHI SNAPS
15th AUGUST 2010
“Keralam Valarunnu...” Poet Mahakavi
Kunjiraman Nair sang in his sonorous voice
way back ... And we at KCA have proved
that it really is so...
The informal inaugural meeting of Delhi
Cartoon Camp organized by Kerala
Cartoon Academy in association with
Jansanskriti started at 11am in Kerala
House at New Delhi.
Jansanskriti General Secretary Mr.
Santhosh M V welcomed the chief guest
Mr. T K A Nair ( Principal Secretary to
Prime Minister ) , Cartoonists and other
Mr. T K A Nair inaugurated the camp and
took part in it with gusto for more than
KCA Chairman Prasannan on his part drew
a excellent caricature of Mr. T K A Nair
(when cartoonists are around, can
caricatures be far behind?) and it went Jagjith Rana, Kalkal, Dr Rohnit Phore also took the
down well with the gathering ... dais. KCA Vice Chairmen Balu, and Sathyadev also
pitched in to lead the Delhi cartoon Camp to a grand
The Camp started with the class by KCA success.
member Mr. Ajit Narayan. Senior most
cartoonists M/s Kaak and Gopi Gajwani Rajya Sabha member Mrs. T N Seema distributed the
shared their experiences with the camp certificates to all camp members.
members. M/s. Sudhir Thailang, Balakrish It was a job well done... thanks to the collective efforts
nan Aanat, A V Prashanth, Chander, of all who took part in it and KCA savoured the sweet
Thanmaya, Bagga Singh, Uday Shankar, success of a well planned and executed bash !
A WEEK LONG
Prior to this, no young KCA member would have
fancied himself to be welcomed to a kids’ camp by a
resounding beat of Chendas, trailed by a bevy of girls
in traditional dress with platter of lamp in their hands.
It was a dream start for a camp arranged by Karthika
Kattanam master & camp director at his Govt. High
School, Sooranad, Kollam on 1st August 2010. Moments
later, Shri Sukumar had smoothly coursed his lessons
on facial expressions in his much imitated slow,
accented style till Shri Toms, the seniormost active
cartoonist in Kerala and Prasannan, Chairman landed
at the spot in haste to inaugurate the camp and
complete the morning sessions. The minutes just
before lunch were stormy with the FAT cartoonist
gate-crashing into the sadyalayam without a word
sidelining S/Shri P.V. Krishnan and Nathan, the fellow-
travellers in the pick-up car that brought them to
Earlier, the morning session was inaugurated by Toms.
Prasannan gave an illustrative discourse on perception
by affording the kids chance to compare caricatures
of VIPs done by 5 cartoonists, present. Nathan delved
on development of ideas for hilarious cartoons.
Sajjive just treaded his track, with tips on observation
of the human face, with spatterings of caricatures
attempted on localites invited onto the stage. Abba
Vazhur and Shaji Mathew made drawings at the camp,
for the Prasannan session.
As a part of the camp, a week long cartoon-caricature
exhibition inaugurated by Sukumar was also on. Shri
Thennala Balakrishna Pillai was among the dignitaries
who visited the camp and exhibition. Cartoonists
Karthika Kattanam was the director of the camp
conducted under the auspices of the Kerala Cartoon
Academy, Sooranad Grama Panjayath and Sooranad
GHS Parent-Teachers’ Association .
K erala Cartoon Academy, in association with
Manapuram Cultural Foundation, held a three-day
cartoon-caricature exhibition at Community Hall,
Thriprayar, Thrissur from 11 th July. The camp was
inaugurated by Prof K V Thomas, Minister of State for
Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public
Distribution. Shri Anil Pulickal, Chairman, Manapuram
Cultural Foundation presided over the function. The
Member of Parliament from Thrissur Lok Sabha
Constituency, Shri PC Chacko was the chief guest.
Cartoonists Prasannan Anikkad, (Chairman, KCA),
Balachandran (Vice-Chairman), Santhosh TS, Dinraj and
Madhoos, addressed the function.
Later, a one-day cartoon camp was conducted by KCA,
in collaboration with Manapuram Cultural Foundation
, at SNDP School, Thriprayar, on 31st July 2010, which
was co-ordinated by cartoonist Santhosh.
Cartoonists Seeri, Nathan, Prasannan Anikkad,
Balachandran, Mohandas, Sajjive, Murali K Mukundan,
Methil Venugopalan, Dinraj, Madhoos and Abba Vazhur
attended the camp. The drawing paper distributed
amongst the kids was, for the first time in the KCA
camp history, in the form of a notebook with chart
paper. The housefull situation in the camp traced from
the Kottayam camp of 2009 continued here as well
with more surprises. Prasannan will perhaps be known
as the harbinger of now-norm style of allowing the
kids chance to compare caricatures of the same VIP
drawn by many.
But for the fact that the inaugural and valedictory
functions had a smattering of the politicians, the camp
was a success.
PETER E P PRASANNAN ANIKKAD
T V G MENON DWIJITH PAYANNUR
ANURAJ K R NISHANTH THACHAMBALATH
On-line Cartoon exhibition of Cartoonist
Peter was held from April 15-30 . The
exhibition was inaugurated by the
celebrated Cartoonist Keshav of Hindu.
Peter’s style was unique in itself. Even
those of us who could not follow the Tamil
text well could still appreciate his work
Cartoonist Madan, Peter himself and KCA
Secretary Sudheernath were at hand to
give the function an oficial aura. It was
conducted at the Malayli Club Chennai.
Around 25 political and social cartoons
were exhibited in the online show.
The third of the series was of our Chairman
Prasannan Anikkad. His political lampoons
were highly enjoyable and the 34 hand-
picked works packed punch of
Muhamadali and kick of Maradona! For
example, the one on Sashi Taroor is a
wordless comment on the ways of the
Congress Party while the the one titled
‘Peedanam’ was a thought-provoking social
comment. Na stree swathadramarhathii !
The exhibition of Cartoons by Prasannan
Anikkad was online during May 1- 15 .
The exhibition was inaugurated by Veteran
MUST GO ON CARTOON JALAKAM
Cartoonist Nadhan .
Apart from Prasannan, Cartoonists Abba
and Anil Vega were present during the
Inauguration function which was show-
The Kerala Cartoon Academy is known for its innovative cased at Vega graphics Kottayam. These
approach to all things connected with cartooning... political and social cartoons were culled
Psst...! Apparently it is also on friendly terms with from a collection of those published in
the Animal Kingdom as a whole, looking at the track Malayala Manorama, Metro Vartha and
record of events being conducted by it) Take the Deepika .
case of Aanavara release where an elephant was roped
in...And the more recent Panoor and Pathanamthitta
bash- A sher (tiger) called ‘Shera’ flew in from
‘Loffin’ Lines’ by T V G Menon
Indraprastha, specially to inaugurate that function! The 4 th in the line was a clutch of 25
cartoons from TVG Menon’s portfolio. This
And with the kind of plans it has now for the future show came close on the heels of the
we are glad that the animal kingdom is large enough ! recently concluded State Cartoon Camp
The latest initiative, nay, innovative initiative of KCA on 15th and 16th May , 2010 at Panoor ,
is a series of On-line cartoon shows...The first online near Koothuparambu, Kannur. The
show displaying the late O.V. Vijjayan’s Cartoons have exhibition was inaugurated by Justice M
already been published in the website and Cartoon R H Hariharan Nair, Ombudsman for local
Jalakam’s April Issue. bodies , KERALA, at Kakkanad, Kochi.
Present on the occasion were cartoonist Dwijith presently works as iIllustrator/artist
Sudheernath, Secretary, Kerala Cartoon Academy, with Kerala Kaumudi Daily a leading
Professor George Mathew and Cartoonist K K Suresh. newspaper Malayalam.
These were mostly non-political satire. He is presently an executive member of
The Ombudsman who was presented by Sudheernath Kerala Cartoon Academy.
with a copy of ‘123 Cartoons of Dr.Manmohan Singh’
and the April 2010 Issue of the Cartoon Jalakam spent
quite a while with the cartoonists of Kerala Cartoon Caricature Exhibition by Anuraj
Academy. He showed keen interest in the ‘Cartoon Next in ‘“Q’ was the young turk Anuraj who
Jalakam’ and the caricatures of Manmohan Singh. tickled our humour buds with a series of
thought provoking cartoons. What set him
5th online- apart was his style of the sketching using
Fatoonist in action simple lines with not so simple effects. It
The 5th online cartoon show is by Cartoonist and was well appreciated by the folks at large.
caricaturist Sajjive Balakrishnan, The exhibition was The cartoons on coconut plucker machine
inaugurated by Mohammed Rafi, the shortest man in and ‘pooja samagrikal’ are super. The former
the Income Tax Department Kerala and the in the context of a spate designs for
cartoonist’s colleague in service in the presence of a climbing coconut trees is a timely barb. On
motely crowd of cartoon lovers. the othe hand the latter is a dig at the new
The cartoons, of which there are 30 have been wave ‘swamijis’ and hits the bulls eye...plop!
taken from the cartoonist’s Malayalam blog The exhibition was inaugurated on July 1st
www.ooneswarampo.blogspot.com. His blog reflects by Cartoonist M.M Monaye , MLA , at
his love for the ‘sadya’, he says (and his physique Ernakulam. M/s. Rajeev, Cartoonist Anuraj
shows it! ) and Cartoonist Jos Joseph were present on
The cartoons broadly fall under the categories that the occassion.
are of perennial interest to the Malayali –
‘Vidyarambham’, ‘Office’ (the government office),
Exhibition by NishanthThachambalath
‘Goondolsavam’ (self explanatory), ‘Shappaad’ (food)
from July 16 to July 31
and ‘Avial’ cartoons (a mish-mash of themes). Sajjive
pokes fun without really offending Malayali sentiments. Beyond the Boundaries
These, by the way, are not too heavy in terms of the He is a ‘Kozhikkodan pencil pusher ’ with a
political content, therefore, funnier because of their flair for caricature He completed his art
general nature. study at the School of Arts , Kozhikode and
holds a K.G.T.E Diploma in Drawing & Painting.
There are several which will have you in splits. Gems He had also conducted a solo Exhibition of
like the ‘Lost ring’, the ‘missing thali’ and the ‘piles Caricatures and Paintings in Lalitha kala
inspection’ stand out, just to mention a few. Academy Art Gallery, Kozhikode.
6th Online- This collection is all about life-like sketching
Caricature Exhibition by Dwijith of people that makes you sit up and notice.
Cartoonist Dwijith Payannoor’s Online Caricature As a group of caricatures, this one is a
exhibition at www.keralacartoonacademy.com was superb addition to the string of online
inaugurated on June 16th by Cartoonist P V Krishnan cartoons on the KCA website.
at Thiruvanathapuram. Apart from Dwijith,Cartoonist
Presently he is working as Senior Accountant
Satyadev (KCA V.Chairman) also was present at the
in Alzouman Co, Jeddah. His Accountant
Inauguration function .
tag ‘accounts’ for it:...a precise and
Dwijith Payannoor, one of the young and talented perfect work!
cartoonist from northern Kerala completed art study
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri. Osman
from Kerala school of arts Tellichery and Karnataka
Ali Mageit, from Sudan at Jeddah. Cartoonist
Chithrakala Parishath Bangalore. This collection is
Nishanth, Sri. Danilo Daquit, from Philiphines,
really a treat to the eye. The caricatures on
Sri. Pradeep from India , Sri. Saed Moula
Condolissa, AR Rahman ,Soren,VS,MT, and Mammukkoya
from Eritrea and Sri. Ali Daini from Yemen
are worth highlighting. He also got a slew of rave
were present on the occassion.
reviews for his pains!..
9th online 10th Online-
Exhibition by Cartoonist Thommy Cartoon Exhibition by Cartoonist Thomas
from August 1 to August 15.:
from 16th to 31 August, 2010
Mr. D. Vijayamohan, Senior journalist ,
As he himself puts it, ‘ Drawn Opinions’, showcases
inaugurated the 10th on-line exhibition
his experiments in Black & White.
showcasing the works of the late
A highly qualified rib tickler, Dr. Thomas A.
Cartoonist Thomas in New Delhi on 16th
Kodenkandath alias ‘Thommy’ has proved his mettle
August 2010. KCA secratary Cartoonist
equally well in his chosen professional field as well
Sudheernath, Cartoonists Balakrishnan Anat,
as in ‘cartooning ’. The one on Murali’s Delhi trip
Balu, Sathya and KCA Chairman Prasannan
says it all....
Anikkad were present on the ocassion.
Some 750 plus of his cartoons have appeared in The Cartoonist Thomas (K P Thomas) born in
Express, The Week, OnLooker, Asadhu etc. Currently North Paravoor in Ernakulam district on 2nd
Thommy is the contributing cartoonist to India-New June 1938 started his career as an illustrator
England (Boston), Pathram (NY), Malayalam News (Gulf) for a children’s magazine Poonilavu while
and other e-zines. He is also a Founding Member of studying in school. It was David Low’s
Kerala Cartoon Academy and was recently elected to cartoons published in the Hindu that
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC). inspired him to draw cartoons. His first
Thommy’s online exhibition was inaugurated by cartoon was published in Weekend magazine
legendary cartoonists Shri PKS Kutty from the US and of Mathrubhumi.
our home-grown veteran Mr. Yesudasan , from Kerala. “Veekshana Visesham” in Mathrubhumi
Thommy is the recipient of several awards for Weekly was a popular cartoon column which
cartooning including Kalakrithi Award (Anna University, was famous for brilliant ideas and excellent
Madras), Mardigras Prize (IIT, Madras), KCA’s Caricature execution. He was a film Producer and a
Award, Calicut University Youth Festival Prize and was film distributor, too. His Film “Manimuzha
a finalist in the international cartoon competition kkam” won the Indian President’s Film
conducted by Union of Concerned Scientists (USA). Award. He was running also an ad agency
It is with profound sadness that we report
www.keralacartoonacademy.com here his demise on 31st May, 2009. May his
soul rest in peace!
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ANURAJ joined the Red Events-Dubai,as an graphic designer
THE SKETCH, KOLLAM PAPPACHAN’S spot caricature programme in Kairali-People on
Sundays (7.55am,12.55pm & 8.55pm), completed its 100th episode. He has started another one on the
same channel ,a news-based programme titled “ Man of the week” on Saturdays . Pappachan is now a
KHALLILULLAH CHEMMANAD has got into the Limca Book Of Records for his innovative
experiments in Arabic calligraphy
BASHEER KEEZHSSERI conducted a Caricature Marathon under the banner of Uninor Road
Show in core centers of Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts for eight days. Every one who
bought a Uninor SIM got caricatured on the spot .
DR. THOMAS KODENKANDATH’S (THOMMY) cartoon tilted “Chemistry is Life and...
Everything” has been selected as one of the winners of the International Contest titled “Everything
is Chemistry” conducted by European Chemical Society to celebrate 2011 as the International Year
of Chemistry and sponsored by UNESCO & IUPAC, (International union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).
DWIJITH PAYYANNUR has been awarded KALADARPPANAM Young Artist award in the field
SAJJIVE BALAKRISHNAN presently working as PRO in the Income Tax Department was in Delhi
for a week, invited by The Central Board of Direct Taxes to perform spot caricaturing of invited
dignitaries at the celebration of the 150th year of the income tax in india.(24-7-2010)
JOY KULANADA’S 40 Golden Years of Cartooning will be celebrated on 5 September 2010 at
sreevalsam residency Kulanada, were his 2 collections of silent cartoons will be released.
IBRAHIM BADUSHA, one of the youngest KCA members has come out with the 8th & 9th
titles on cartoon lessons. 1) Easy Drawing (Sharon Books Cherthala) and 2) Drawing for all (H&C
Books). Amrita TV is running his cartoon tips show on sunday mornings.
The Kerala Cartoon Academy in association with Nanappa Art Gallery hold a solemn function in
Nanappa Art Gallery on the 19th August, to pay homage and share hilarious memories on the
veteran Cartoonist Kerala Varma (KEVY) who passed away at Ernakulam on, the 23rd July.