B.M. Gafoor passes away

KOZHIKODE NOV. 13. The noted cartoonist, B.M. Gafoor, died of a heart attack here this evening. He was 61.

Mr. Gafoor, who returned home after duty at the Mathrubhoomi daily here today, complained of chest pain. He was rushed to a hospital, but died on his way.

Born in Thalassery as the son of Thikkodi Vaidyarakathu Muhammed Kutty Haji and Thalassery Vadekkandi Mariyumma, Gafoor studied the basics of painting under the guidance of the noted painter, M.V. Devan, while he was studying at the St. Joseph's High School, Kozhikode.

Later, he studied painting at the College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, where the noted painter, K.C.S. Panikker, was the principal.

He started his career in the Chandrika daily as a cartoonist. He served a short-term as a staff cartoonist in the Shankar's Weekly in New Delhi. He returned to Kozhikode and joined the Deshabhimani daily as a cartoonist.

During Emergency, he left Deshabhimani to start his own magazine, Niramala, which did not survive for long. Later, he joined `Cut cut' cartoon magazine.

Gafoor joined Mathrubhoomi in 1980. He also worked as the Creative Animation Director with the Nest company in Ernakulam during 2000-01.

He was the founder secretary of Kerala Cartoon Academy. He won the Cartoonist of the Year Award, instituted by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, in 1991.

He leaves behind his wife, Suhra, and four children. His body would be laid to rest at the Thikkodi Juma Masjid tomorrow afternoon.