Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bangalore, is hosting an exhibition of 70 works by 41 cartoonists from across South Asia. The works have been chosen from the entries for the Maya Kamath Memorial Awards for Excellence announced by the institute in January. The award was constituted in memory of Maya Kamath, a leading cartoonist remembered for her series, The World of Maya. All the works on show have political themes, ranging from the recession, dynasty politics in India, Barack Obama’s presidential victory to terrorism in the subcontinent.
Cartoon by Sandeep Adhwaryu, Outlook, India
“Political cartoons are snapshots that reflect the extent of the freedom of the press at any given time. The entries we received for the awards this year are very relevant to the current times, but are in a sense timeless,” says V.G. Narendra, managing trustee of the institute. Narendra says the sale of cartoons is now picking up at the institute’s gallery. “People are now buying cartoons and caricatures, and I am hoping that soon cartoons will share space with paintings and sculptures in the art world.”
The idea behind the exhibition was to provide an incentive to cartoonists irrespective of whether they work independently, for national journal or for regional magazines.The award for the best work was won by Sandeep Adhwarya of Outlook magazine for his cartoon lampooning the dynastic rule in the Indian National Congress. A special prize was awarded to Mohammad Zahoor from the Daily Times, Pakistan, for his interpretation of Obama’s speech.
Cartoon by Satish Acharya, Mumbai
The exhibition is on till 25 July at the Indian Cartoon Gallery, Milford House, off MG Road, Bangalore. Each cartoon is priced at Rs5,000.