Art & Culture

‘Cartooning is a serious business and a great art form’: Keshav

LOL an abbreviation for Laugh Out Loudly is also the title of cartoonist Keshav’s latest exhibition, which is currently on at IIC.


“Cartooning is a serious business and a great art form that evokes collective realization, a discovery of the unknown and a representation of the truth as the lay public feels and maybe this will be a reason to laugh out loud,” said cartoonist Keshav at the inauguration of the ‘Laugh out Loudly’ of his works at the Indian Cartoon Gallery on Saturday 5th September. His works will be on display till the 19th of September.

Justice N Santhosh Hegde, Lokayukta, State of Karnataka inaugurated the cartoon exhibition of Keshav. Speaking on the occasion, Justice Santhosh Hegde said that, “Cartoons speak more than a thousand words and are the main essence of Newspapers which target the truth of the society. He also expressed his gratitude towards Ashok Kheny for setting up IIC which is one of its kinds in India. Cartoon is the heart of Newspapers and IIC is one of its kind in India which is encouraging young talent.”


Keshav is a Chennai based cartoonist and illustrator, who is currently the cartoonist with The Hindu newspaper. He has sketched over 15,000 political cartoons and over 10,000 illustrations. He draws inspiration from renowned cartoonists such as David Lowe, RK Laxman, OV Vijiyan and the more contemporary Mario. With sketching having been a passion since childhood, he started his career in cartooning with the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan. Leaning mostly towards the genre of political cartoons, Keshav also has several awards to his credit. According to him, “Cartoon is the most powerful art as it echoes a layman’s thoughts and makes a lasting impact on people who come across it.”

The exhibition will be on for public viewing till 19th September 2009 at

The Indian Cartoon Gallery

No 1 Midford Gardens, Behind Big Kids Kemp
M.G Road, Bangalore -560001 Map

080-4175 8540
Tags: Bangalore, RK Laxman, Keshav, The Hindu, Political Cartoons, IIC, OV Vijayan

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