Monday, January 26, 2015

The genius chronicler of India's life and political history, who unfailingly brought millions of readers the gift of a chuckle every day, is no more.
R K Laxman, the country's best-known cartoonist, passed away on the evening of January 26, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, where he was on life support for the past few days. He was 93.
Born in 1921 in Mysore, Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. He began by drawing for local papers, and illustrating the stories of his famous elder brother, novelist R K Narayan, while still at college.

Kerala Cartoon Academy,deeply extend our sincere grief and sorrow over the demise of the one and only the  ' common cartoonist ' of the mass, on the very  eve of the day of 66th anniversary of our nation. If he is alive,let's think of a hilarious cartoon that could  have been appeared in the context of the visit of Barack Obama AS THE CHIEF GUEST OF THE CEREMONY.......

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Run Kerala Run  Kochi was  flaged  off  by film actor Mohanlal at Durbar Hall ground at Ernakulam on 20-1-15.  Kerala Cartoon Academy actively participated in the Run. KCA executive  member caricaturist Rethish Ravi  was the prime attraction of the crowd who has drawn on the spot caricature of the VIPs vice Hybi Eden MLA, Benny Behenan MLA, Actor Lal , Kochi Dy.Mayor Bhadra and many others who came for the Run.  Academy Chairman Aravindan, Vice-chairman Anil Vega,  former Chairman Prasannan Anikkad, , Abba Vazhoor and Manoj Mathaseril  participated in the historic event .

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The last week (Jan 11-17,2015) was observed as a Road Safety Week  by Kerala Road Safety Authority with several informative programes.It was inaugurated by Chief Minister  Oommen Chandy at CMS College ,Kottayam on 11th January 2015. Jose K Mani,M P, was the key-note addresser of  the function which was presided over by Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan .

Kerala Cartoon Academy actively participated in the event with a cartoon exhibition on Road Safety by displaying more than 150 colour frames from its source of cartoons for social awareness.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

      Sri.Sunil Moothedath, member of Kerala Cartoon Academy, bagged the prestigious Dr. MIMS award 2014 for the Best Health Education Initiative through media for his contribution towards health education of the public through various health magazines and news papers. The award consists of Rs. One lakh prize money, memento and certificate was received from Chief Minister Sri. Oommen Chandy on 28.12.2014 in a colourful function at MIMS Hospital Calicut.

      The award committee specially commented on his innovative cartoon column " Cartoon Medical Clinic" which came in the Manorama Arogyam for more than one year as a full page cartoon. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Malayala Manorama Weekly is conducting a cartoon contest named "POCKET CARTOON CARNIVAL" on following subjects
                         1."Kiss of Love "demonstration
                         2.X'mas Pappa

           Those who are interested may rush their entries to
                               THE EDITOR, 
                               MALAYALA MANORAMA WEEKLY, 
on or before 8th December (Kiss of Love) and 15th December (Xmas Pappa), 2014 respectively.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A one day cartoon exhibition,cartoon contest,seminar and film show on Anti-Drug as a part of the programme "Youth Welfare for a better Tomorrow" were jointly held by YMCA Palarivattam Branch,Excise Department and Kerala Cartoon Academy at YMCA Hall,Palarivattam, Kochi on 27th November 2014.

K Babu,Minister for Excise,inaugurated the function and administered an oath on anti-drug .The function was presided over by V K Varghese ,President,YMCA,Ernakulam. P.JayaRaj, Deputy Commissioner,Excise Department,introduced the anti-drug programme to the students.

P Aravindan,Chairman,KCA and Mathen Varghese,Convener ,Programme Committee felicitated the function. Dr.Mohan George ,Chairman,Branch Managing Committee welcomed the gathering and N V Eldo ,General secretary extended the vote of thanks.

More than 80 students from different sections participated in the cartoon competition .Manoj Mathasseril,Executive Member,KCA motivated the students through his speech and he steered the contest . The Minister distributed the prizes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

                      Basheer Kishisseri, Executive Member of KCA, conducted an "Anti-Drug Awareness Cartoon Exhibition " ,by displaying more than 100 frames , at mofussil bus stand, Calicut on 8th November 2014 under the auspices of Kerala Madya Nirodhana Samithy(KMNS). It was inaugurated by Dr.M K Muneer,Minister for Social Welfare,by caricaturing a media person who reached there to cover the function. Basheer gave away a framed caricature to the Minister-Cartoonist and continued the spot caricaturing of the visiters.

                       Prof.T M Raveendran,General Secretary,KMNS presided over the function. Haji Mahin Neroth, Prof.O J Chinnamma, Dr.Sreemanunni and Dr.Khasimil Kami were among others who spoke on the occasion .

                                And the cartoonist of the day extended the vote of thanks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

       Kerala Cartoon Academy conducted a two-days cartoon camp at Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary , Thenmala on 4th and 5th October 2014 under the auspices of Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department.

     Veteran cartoonist Sri.Sukumar inaugurated the camp. KCA Secretary M S Mohanachandran welcomed the gathering and Joint Secretary Karthika Kattanam extended the vote of thanks. KCA Chairman Aravindan presided over the function.

    The first session was an informative and interesting class on wildlife and forest conservation by the faculty of the sanctuary.The class became more effective by the timely interaction between the presenter and the participants .

    Some documentaries on flora and fauna of the sanctuary and eco-tourism were screened at the night session.

     The second day of the camp started with a trekking by the inmates through the Reserve Forest packed with the endemic tree, Chenkurinji (Gluta travancorica) , after which the sanctuary is named.The Guide , Subrahmanyan, briefed on the life cycle of particular animals and plants of the tract.

    After the breakefast, the team went on an excursion to capture the panoramic beauty of the " Palaruvi Waterfall."

     The last session of the camp was fully concentrated on the main business of the participants , nothing but CARTOONING.About 30 environmental cartoons were drawn on the spot and handed over to the sanctuary.

     The cartoonists who attended the camp were Sukumar, PV Krishnan, John Kakkanad, Aravindan,Prasannan Anikkad, MS Mohanachandran, Anil Janarddanan, Jayaraj Vellur, Karthika Kattanam , Prathapan Pulimath, Jeppy, Dilip Thiruvettar, Manoj Mathasseril, Abba Vazhur, Surendran Varachal, Rakesh Ansera, Rathish, Davinci Suresh, Sajiv Vilakkudi and Anil Arur.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The spectators have simply remembered that things again…Event which  taken place at Kottayam around three years back as CARICATURE PADAYANI ,a charity oriented program conducted along with the state youth festival at Thirunakkara maidan, to help the victims of endosulphan. Though the venue and occasion are totally different,the people who sat in front of the caricaturists  for being portrayed were quite aware of the faces they acquainted with.The caricature event conducted by Kerala Cartoon Academy as part of the Shankers painting competition ,organized by the Darsana cultural centre was unique in every sense especially with the overwhelming response of the participants. The prog. Was formally inaugurated by Shri. Guinness Pakru,the lone little super star of the molly wood.Shri.Prasannan Anickad ,former chairman of KCA was initially explained the features of caricature by sketching the popular political characters.Cartoonist Raju Nair,Abba Vazhoor were present.Shri Anil Vega,vice chairman of KCA,Shri.Santhosh,and shri.Basheer Kishisserry etc have driven their pen for the live episode.Fr.Thomas Puthusserry,the director of Darsana welcomed the guests, formally.Shri Subin roy ,the representative of Children’s Book Trust, was presided over.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kerala,the pioneers of political cartoon movement, again land marked by the setting up of a cartoon museum and art gallery  in the name of the doyen of political cartooning,late Shanker ,at Kayamkulam,the very birth place of the cartoonist,has been formally dedicated to the nation on 31st July 2014,on his 112th birth day itself.The project is the think tank of Kerala Cartoon Academy and it was mooted before the floors of the Kerala assembly by sri V.T.Balaram,the cartoonist M.L.A for and on behalf of KCA,around two years ago ,accelerated the movement. Another member of the legislative assembly ,who represents the area ,sri.C.K.Sadasivan has also contributed about three crores  out of his various funds for the fulfillment of the venture. In a colorful function conducted at the court yard of the structure built according to the Kerala’s profound architectural tradition, attracted a lot of cartoon lovers from different parts of the state. ,As the organizers haven’t been spared a single local politician from the stage, paved the spectators, the way to recollect  the memory of the  most popular quoting of late Nehru ‘don’t spare me Shanker’ once again.Late cartoonist's daughters Smt.Shanta Shanker and Smt.Yamuna Shanker were also attended in the inaugural session  as state guests. The cartoon work shop conducted prior to the ceremony was inaugurated by veteran cartoonist Sri.Sukumar and attended around 30 cartoonists have contributed their works to the gallery.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hon. Mayor Rajan J Pallan inaugurated an exhibition of cartoons by Basheer Kizhisseri at Trichur Sakthan Stand on 26-06-2014 in connection with International Day Against Drug Abuse. Anti Alcohol Samiti president K P Devassy Master, vice-president P V Gangadharn Master etc. attended the function. Cartoonists Madhoos and Murali K Mukundan made the function live by on-the-spot caricaturing.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cartoonist Rakesh Ansera receiving the C V Balachandran Memorial Award 2013, for the best entry in a cartoon competition held by Bank Workers Forum Magazine of BEFI, from Poet Kureepuzha Sreekumar

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

   M S Mohanachandran , Secretary,KCA, bagged NARMAKAIRALI HASYASAHITYA AWARD 2014 for his book KOMALANGI KATHAKAL published by Prabhat Book House. The award constitutes a memento, citation and Rs 10001/-  will be handed over to him at Thiruvananthapuram on 25th June 2014 at the monthly function of Narmakairali.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Senior journalist, novelist and cartoonist P Mohanan (59) breathed his last at Regional Cancer Centre ,Thiruvananthapuram, on 29th May 2014.
Kerala Cartoon Academy extends its deep condolence to the bereaved family

Hon. Minister for Forests/Sports Sri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurating a Cartoon Workshop organised jointly by KCA and Energy and Environmental Conservation Society at Kottayam on 23rd May 2014.Cartoonist Prasannan Anikkad, EECS President Jacob Joseph, EECS Secretary TR Rajan, KCA Vice-Chairman Anil Vega are also seen.