V.G. Narendra, the brain behind the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, the first National-level organization of cartoonist in India, was influenced by the cartoons of the great Shankar during his school days. Even while in school, he was contributing cartoons to several periodicals.
During his college days, he started drawing pocket and political cartoons for newspapers. Armed with a science degree from Karnataka University, Narendra then headed for Bombay to make to career for himself. He was soon contributing to the Illustrated Weekly of India, Dharmyug and Other magazines. After a while he joined Ranga Rekha Features, Mumbai, the first Indian Comic feature Syndicate. His pocket cartoon ‘Reporter Sanju' began appearing in over 15 dailies in several languages.
A chance visit to office of the Free Press Journal resulted in an invitation to contribute political cartoons to the paper. His work caught the eye of Shankar, who sent him a message asking him to meet him in Delhi. Narendra went over, and worked with Shankar on an experimental basis for a week. An impressed Shankar invited him to join Shankar's Weekly. That was a turning point in Narendra's life.
Two years later, when Shankar's Weekly was forced to close down because of the Emergency, Narendra moved to Bangalore and joined Samyukta Karnataka daily as a Staff cartoonist. After 11 years there, he moved to another leading Kannada daily, Kannada Prabha in 1987.
Narendra was instrumental in forming the Karnataka Cartoonists' Association in 1977, and became it's President in 1978. He organized a conference of Cartoonists, in which many leading lights of profession like R.K. Lakshman, Abu Abraham and Mario Miranda participated. His enthusiasm saw the organization holding several cartoon exhibitions through out Karnataka. With the help of senior cartoonists, Narendra also organized three cartoon workshops for building cartoonists, where participants were guided through all aspects of cartooning.
Apart from all Indian newspapers and periodicals, Narendra's cartoons have been published in several foreign magazines also.