‘A cartoon conveys more than what thousand words do’
MANGALORE: Sandhya Pai, editor of Taranga, a Kannada weekly magazine, drew a large reverse question mark on a drawing sheet. A humorist and a cartoonist, standing next to her, responded with their deft strokes to transform it into an old man holding a walking stick. The viewers were excited by the manner in which the three-day programme on caricature drawing got under way here on Saturday. It was inaugurated by Ms. Sandhya Pai.
Featuring some of the leading cartoonists in the State, including B.G. Gujjarappa, G.S. Naganath, James Vaaz, P. Mohammed, this workshop organised by Corporation Bank Officers’ Organisation, took the viewers in to the realms of unlimited possibilities caricatures and cartoons offer.
Mr. Gujjarappa drew the caricatures of Kumble Radhakrishna, a Corporation Bank employee, and cartoonist Naganath. Prakash Shetty, a cartoonist and resource person, brought smiles on the face of Ms. Sandhya Pai when he drew her caricature. She was shown holding a megaphone with the word “Taranga” written all over it. Ms. Pai, in her inaugural address, said that caricatures and cartoons played an important role in print media. “Cartoons make people think and convey more than what thousands of words do,” she said.
H. Dundiraj, a humorist, and H.B. Manjunath, president, Karnataka Cartoonists Association, were apprehensive about the quality of cartoons appearing in the media, of late.
N. Yogish Bhat, MLA, inaugurated the exhibition of cartoons and a workshop for high school students on Sunday. Mr. Bhat said, “Cartoons enable people to express innermost feelings. The work of Mr. Manjunath on social issues is a commentary in itself. One need not state anything more on a subject after going through a cartoon such as that”. Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, president of district unit of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, said the parishat was not averse to hosting a cartoon sahitya sammelan. “Cartoons can be considered as a form of satirical literature and the association and the parishat could work together in furthering this idea,” he said.