Sunday, May 1, 2011

Childrens' Summer Camp 2011

Day 1 of the Orthic Summer Camp ended hilariously with India's Heaviest cartoonist Sajjive Balakrishnan (FAToonist as he calls himself) caricaturing each and every child participant in less than a minute apiece, that too after explaining aloud the curious, caricaturable facial features that are to be observed by prospective caricaturists.

Below you can see the beaming faces of the participants and the kids with the unexpected trophy in his/her hand

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Aravindan G

Govindan Aravindan (born January 21, 1935 in Kottayam — died March 15, 1991 in Trivandrum) who was popularly known as G. Aravindan seized attention of book-loving malayalees by his path-breaking venture in graphic novel- Cheriya Manushyarum Valiya Lokavum . It was the surging 60's and the meek protagonist in the weekly column, RAMU reflected the angst and frustration of the young malayali office-job-seeker. The end of the serial shows Ramu having arrived finally , wading the slimy waters of compromises to shoulder with the coterie of insensitive unsweating men of the society. The decadence had been announced. The aura of simplicity and compassion about this man are ever gone. The story of untold decadence trails to the present.

Then, Aravindan switched arena, to the celluloid. Soon, he became known for his unorthodox way of film-making, changing his cinematic forms consistently and experimenting with story telling without regular narrative styles.
A clutch of avante garde films catapulted him as one of the best ever film makers of this country. He had also worked with documentaries and theatre. The present day Malayali knows him more as a film man than the cartoonist with a bend for the caricatures and the public-shy musician that he was.

The Kerala Cartoon Academy pays homage to this illustrious cartoonist through a handful of Aravindan caricatures made by the members. Characters from his epic graphic novel have been given towards the end.

Have a tour :)

Self Caricature by G Aravindan

Cover illustration by Namboothiri


P V Krishnan


Ajoy Kumar D

T V G Menon

Ratheesh K R

Thomas Antony

Raju Nair


Prasannan Anikkad

Hari G



K V M Unny


Joy Kulanada

Suresh K K

E Suresh

Sudheer Nath

Shiju George

Shaji Malayalapuzha


Prashanth A V



Karthika Kattanam

Balakrishnan Annat
Jayaraj Vellur




Sanal Kumar




Aravindan's RAMU & Others


Guruji inspires him intellectually but...

mostly spiritually...

The parents, concened like any...

and Ramu does his part but...

the local postman brings not job offers .....

while Swamy his bench mate for many PSC exams
kills the lingering expectations at the exam hall

Ramu has seen his sister Rema doing these rounds
so many times in the past...

Local boy Abu inspired and soothed Ramu with occasional smokes

when his heartthrob Leela was not around..

The graphic novel is replete with Ramu's brief encounters like this
at small govt. offices with smaller men & women till and even after .....

Ramu flooring his mom with his first pay packet....

The occasiona surprise in the Calutta based Gopi
who introduces Robindra Sangeeth through his Bengali wife

The LIC agent promises a kingdom but fades away midway

To add to the total tragedy, the dancer with the tinsel craving for Kodambakkam and

the bard with pseudo-poetic blabber repeatedly beat the hell
out of Ramu and Guruji
Finally the compulsive job-seeker perches in a white collar post.
Ramu's fights end. We see his ascension from
Accountant to
Manager to
Partner to

we reach the end of the story !

No one has seen Ramu since.