With many excellent institutions like the Indian Institution
of Science, Indian
Space Research Organisation, Indian Institute of Statistics,
Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Information
Technology and others, the city is now recognised as the capital
of many things.
In addition to them, a group of professional cartoonists want
to add one more feather to the cap. It was evident to them that
the field of cartooning in India lacks a national level organisation
to recognise and reward talent. In order to showcase their art
for future generations and to popularize the art among the masses,
they are opening the Indian Institution of Cartoonists (IIC)
in the first week of March 2001.
As V G Narendra, IIC's Managing Trustee puts it, "We
have resolved to establish a charitable organisation called
IIC. We wish to build bridges between different languages of
the country, there by contributing to the national integrity."
The objectives of IIC are:
To institute a LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for excellence
in cartooning in India, for which eminent
citizens will be the juries.
To institute ANNUAL AWARDS for best performance in English
and other Indian languages.
To organise cartoon contests nationally and internationally.
Besides instituting prizes for the winners
of the contests, exhibition of their cartoons are also planned
in major cities.
To acquire permanent exhibition stands and a vehicle to
To construct a building called HOUSE OF CARTOONS that will
include an exhibition hall, library, auditorium
and a picture hall. The library would have books
on cartoons and comics, which will be useful to young cartoonists
and research students.
To establish a museum of original cartoons and clay models
of cartoon figures.
The exhibition hall would organise cartoon exhibitions
at state, national and international levels.
With other plans like organising quiz contests, seminars,
cartoon appreciation courses, IIC is planning to publish CARTOON
WORLD or CARTOON INDIA INTERNATIONAL in which selected cartoons
would be published.
B V Ramamurthy is the Chairman of IIC. N S Ponnappa and E P
Unny are the Vice Chairmen of IIC. With Maya Kamath as the Financial
Advisor, IIC has four Secretaries, Suresh Sawant, Venkat, Keshav
and Sukumar. Vijay N Seth, Syam Mohan, Peter, Mohanachandran,
B G Gujjarappa and B N Chandrakanth are the member trustees.
Young minds need the impetus and this can come about only if
the media offers them space and the opening. IIC has come at
the right time and in the right place to encourage young minds
and offer them the opportunity to showcase their talent.
For more details:
V G Narendra, Managing Trustee,
Indian Institution of Cartoonists,
MF 3/6, Nandini Layout, C Block, Bangalore - 560 096.
Phone: 2349 1428