Give thought-wielding cartoonists theme like ‘Challenge to the Freedom of the Press,' it's the fearsome Amma who looms large enveloping pen pushers in her shadows.
While most cartoonists across the country chose to lampoon Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, for her unique stand on freedom of the press, a cartoonist's exhibition has thrown up good works from senior and junior cartoonists and freelancers alike.
The exhibition on the theme is currently on in the city. Organised by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, it was inaugurated on Thursday by Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor M. S. Thimmappa.
Shyam Mohan from Hyderabad, who wields his art for Andhra Jyothi depicted the Fourth Estate as a flashlight exposing a naked politician with a caption ‘Corruption.' His other toon is of a journalist at the copy table. He has been ‘Suppressed' by a large Jaya plomped on his hand- a symbolic protest.
At another cartoon hanging on the wall, the Veerappan hunt seems to have gone awry. A group of policemen searching for the forest brigand in the dense forest just got a wireless message “We should now hunt for journalists, not Veerapan!” one of them exclaims. This is by Subhani from Decan Chronicle, Hyderabad.
Another cartoon depicted a political cartoonist caught by a constable. “Caught him all these deadly weapons!” he is telling the Inspector. The deadly weapons are a brunch of pens and brushes! This is by Vijay Prasadkar, a freelancer from Pune.
Amma sitting at a table wielding a pen in the shape of a thorny club ready to club journalists sums up the story best. Her table is a prison cell where she has imprisoned two editors. This cartoon is by Narendra, an Express group cartoonist from Bangalore.
Of the 150 cartoons that were received, around 80 have been selected and displayed. Apart from the state, entries were received from Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The exhibition would be on at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat till January 7.
Express News Service