MURDER OF THE CARICATURING ART
Our magazine always stood against all kinds of unfair and idiotic practices around us. The provocation for this write-up is the results of International Caricature Competition organized by Indian institute of Cartoonists.
Unfortunately, we happened to see those prize winning entries. It was a clear case of ‘murder’ of the caricature art form ! Undoubtedly, Rtd. Judge Mr. Venkatachalayya, artist Andani and cartoonist Keshav were responsible for this tragedy. What more can we expect when these three caricature illiterate persons become the judges !
A review of these prize winning works would turn their heads down.
Section- Manmohan Singh
First prize: Except for its detailed work, this one is not at all a perfect caricature.The nose is unnecessarily distorted so big. Why Gandhi specs? [ Is it Gandhism ? ha ha ha.. ] His bushy eyebrows are missing.
Second prize : Mr Manmohan Singh might fall flat if he happened to see this one ! What is the ‘hole’ thing between forehead and turban ?
Third prize : Here Mr Singh was butchered beyond recognition !
All those 3 consolation entries are realistic portraits !
Section - Sonia Gandhi
First, second and third prize winning entries should have been kept out of the competition itself for it’s realistic approach. All 3 are neat portraits!
These 3 consolation winning works are not perfect ones.
Now, what is a caricature after all ? A portrait ? No way ! Or is it just an
exaggeration face of a person ? Exaggeration of face is okay to some extent.
A perfect caricaturist would show the distorted face as well as something about
But judges here simply ignored all this . It’s a big humiliation for those who believed
IIC did a lot of valuable programmes so far. But now it lost it’s respect with this
blunder. Poor R V Deshapande, President of Congress has donated Rs3,50,000 as
the prize money. Sadly, the money was spent to hire realistic artists to murder this
great art !
Editor, Vaare Kore
Kannada humour monthly
[ The above article has appeared in VAARE KORE January issue ]