Cartoonists are the unofficial, unelected opposition party members: Hegde

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‘State’s politics a cartoonist’s delight’

Visual document:Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde releasing a compilation by cartoonist P. Mahamud (left) in Bangalore on Thursday. Managing trustee of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists V.G. Narendra is seen.

BANGALORE: “Karnataka, with its present political situation loaded with corruption and scams must surely be a cartoonist’s delight,” Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said as he launched Vyangya (V)chitra Sankalana, a compilation by cartoonist P. Mahamud here on Thursday. “Cartoonists are the unofficial, unelected and relentless opposition party members. A cartoon is a simple, yet deeply effective medium to voice the concerns of the people,” Mr. Hegde added.

Vyangya (V)chitra Sankalana is a collection of some of Mr. Mahamud’s popular cartoons published over the last five years in leading dailies and magazines across the State.

Mr. Mahamud has been a cartoonist for the last 25 years and has contributed to several publications. This book has been published by Chintana Pustaka.

“It is an experimental one-of its-kind book published in Karnataka where compilations of cartoons are rarely brought out,” said Vasanth Raj, Director of Chintana Pustaka publications.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mahamud said the book is a visual document that has captured the condition of the government and people down the years.

V.G. Narendra, managing trustee of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, spoke on the significance of political cartoons.

Shashidhar Bhat from Samaya TV channel, film director B. Suresh, prominent cartoonists Prakash Shetty, S.V. Padmanabh and Vasanth Hosabettu were present.

Mr. Shetty sketched a caricature of Mr. Hegde on the spot and presented it to him. Mr. Mahamud also presented Mr. Hegde with a caricature depicting the challenges faced by the Lokayukta.

Staff Reporter `The Hindu’


Cartoonists transcend boundaries of ‘isms’

Bangalore, Feb 10, DHNS:
It was an occasion to discuss how cartoonists maintain their freedom and space though the publications they work for may have some political leanings or function within limitations.
For cartoonists, there are no ‘isms’ as such. Their commitment is only to the subject they  work on. The anti-establishment view of a cartoonist in satirical drawings reflects the sentiments of people at large. These were some of the observations made at a function to release P Mahamud’s collection of cartoons published in Deccan Herald and Sudha magazine, in the City on Thursday.

Padubidri Mahamud, the cartoonist working for the Prajavani-Deccan Herald group, is known for his hard hitting cartoons, especially against those in power. He said his works reflected his gentle anger against the establishment.

Mahamud, recollecting how he struggled to make a career in the chosen field, said he was a college dropout and did a correspondence course in art from M T V Acharya School. He said after he joined Prajavani, he got a big boost to his career as his works were seen by people across the State.

Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, who released the book published by Chintana Pustaka, sarcastically said there couldn’t be a better place than Karnataka for cartoonists. “I really appreciate Mahamud. It is not easy to maintain the tempo which he has been maintaining for long,” he said.