Trivandrum: Cartoonist Shankar, popular for making cartoon one of the most effective means to handle political and social issues through his illustrations will once again walk into the hearts of the citizens. . All thanks to the Cartoon Academy and the Information and Public Relations Department which is organising a cartoon exhibition from July 30 to August 1, a national seminar and documentary screenings at Kannakakunnu Palace to celebrate the 110th birth anniversary of the doyen of Indian Political cartooning .
Finance Minister K M Mani will inaugurate the exhibition of Shankar’s cartoons on July 30, Speaker G Karthikeyan will inaugurate the national seminar on July 31 and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will deliver the Shankar memorial lecture at the same day. Cultural Minister K C Joseph will inaugurate the closing ceremony.
The documentaries to be screened are The Devil Of Delhi, Don’t Spare Me Shankar and Eminent Cartoonists Of India.
The Devil Of Delhi directed by Vijay Chandra is a biographical on K Shankar Pillai, internationally known as Shankar. His early life and uncanny sense of caricaturing, which culminated in the foundation of Shankar's Weekly, are highlighted in this film. His close association with Jawaharlal Nehru eventually enabled him to establish the Children's Book Trust. The film ends with Shankar's dream of establishing an international centre for children. Interviews include one with Shankar himself, well-known cartoonists, Abu Abraham, Kerala Varma, etc.
The eight minute animation film, Don’t Spare Me Shankar directed by Yash Caudhary narrates Jawaharlal Nehru’s political life through Shankar’s Caricatures on him. Shanku’s Eminent Cartoonists of India is a peep into the life of the iconic cartoonist Shankar.
The documentaries will be screened for the public and students from 11 am at regular intervals.
Kerala Government is also planning to build a memorial for the eminent Indian cartoonist Shankar at his home town Kayalamkulam in Alappuzha district. This was announced by Minister K C Joseph at the state Assembly on July 20.