Collection of Best Cartoons drawn by Indian Cartoonists – Jest in Time

by September 19, 2013 0 comments

Published on a daily basis in most national as well as regional newspapers, cartoons are known to make us smile and grin on our otherwise grim face as we browse through latest political news and editorials. Most of these cartoons reflect the current political or the social scene of the country.

Jest in TimePaying tribute to the contribution of cartoonists in India, Jest in Time: 175 Years, a book published by Times of India was recently released. The book contains cartoon archives from Times of India which have been drawn by R K Laxman, Ajit Ninan and Neelabh Banerjee to name a few.  Selection and compilation of the book was quite a difficult task but keeping in mind the subjective theme. For instance, the chapters have been named as Ghost Photos, Global Golmaal and Netas and Nataks, to make the reading more interesting.

R K Laxman – Synonymous with his creation of The Common Man in the cartoon strip “You Said”, a daily in the Times of India. R K Laxman is considered as one of the most talented cartoonists of India, he is equally a great illustrator and humorist. Gattu, a mascot for the Asian Paints is yet another popular creation done by him.  His contribution includes many books especially -The Eloquent Brush: A Selection of Cartoons from Nehru to Rajiv, 50 Years of Independence through the eyes of R. K. Laxman, Brushing Up The Years- A Cartoonist’s History of India- 1947 to the Present, The Tunnel of Time – his autobiography and so on.

Mario de Miranda -Born in Daman to a Brahmin family who converted to Roman Catholicism, Mario displayed his artistic skills even when he was a small child. His early art work reflected the village lifestyle in Goa which made him quite popular.  He has even drawn on the Konkan Railway station wall. He was associated with The Illustrated Weekly of India, the Current and the Times of India. His popular creations Miss Nimbupani and Miss Fonseca have adorned many issues of The Illustrated Weekly of India, Femina and Economic Times.  On the international front, his work has been published in the Lilliput, Mad and Punch magazines. His works can be viewed through his books – Goa with Love, Mario Miranda, Inside Goa and many others.

Jug Suraiya – Referred to as India’s Art Buchwald by none other than Khushwant Singh, Jug Suraiya is an accomplished writer and cartoonist.  Very much known for his satirical style of writing, his work he’s published as Jugular Vein every Friday and Second Opinion every Wednesday in the Times of India. He writes scripts for two cartoon strips – Duniya Ke Neta and Like that only.  His cartoon character, Dubyaman, was done in conjunction with Neelabh Banerjee,  was loosely based on George W. Bush, the US President during the 9/11 incident but slowly this character has been Indianized over a period of time and  targets Indian political leaders.

Neelabh Banerjee – He is a noted Indian cartoonist who has worked with his brother Jayanto for Target, an Indian’s child magazine. Presently he is attached with the Times of India as now national arts and illustrations editor. He works in conjunction with Jug Suraiya for the comic strip Dubyman and Duniya Ke Neta. His cartoons can be viewed through the book, Dubyamn’s Duniya.

Ajit Ninan – An accomplished cartoonist associated with Ninan’s World in Times of India along with the Centrestage series of cartoons in India Today magazine.  Mainly, Ajit Ninan draws cartoon reflecting the political theme of the country and the world.  His works include Like That OnlyAjit Ninan and Jug Suraiya, The India Today Book of Cartoons written by Ajit Ninan and Sudeep Chakravarti.

Most of us are known to give them a glance, laugh at them and enjoy a couple of lighter moments but cartoons have an in depth meaning and deliver it with a punch. In fact, expression through a few lines is a matter of great skill and creativity which only a few have.







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