Tendulkar in myriad forms, in 66 cartoons

The week-long cartoon expo on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar organised by the ‘Gere-Bare’ art school in Ambagilu showcased the various accomplishments of Tendulkar through line drawing.

As many as 66 cartoon exhibits scribbled by 40 cartoonists were displayed on the occasion. Besides, the pictures painted by the students of the art school were also on display.

The programme titled ‘Tendulkar Toons’ was the archetypal imagination of the cartoonists that emerged in various forms and layout. The 66 cartoons exhibited on the occasion was a pictorial journey into the life of the cricket wonder who has always remained the pride of the nation.

The event organiser and artist Jeevan Shetty told Deccan Herald that the cartoon expo is a rich tribute to the success of Tendulkar besides the art school, which is into its 10th anniversary. He said the expo is an attempt to understand and acknowledge other art forms as cartoons are also form of art through line drawing.

Different Sachins

Most of the cartoons are caricatures carrying messages. One cartoon picturised the cricket bat as a chair on which Tendulkar is seen relaxing. The other one scribbled the Bharath Ratna award given to Tendulkar in the form of head ornament.

Another cartoon showed Tendulkar laughing in the midst of all awards and simultaneously feeling sad by looking down on his retirement day. The cartoons are able to depict the various emotions of the cricketer in a single frame. Another cartoon is an explanation of how the cricketer is loved by all irrespective of the age.

A wife saying to her husband that she was not so much depressed even during his retirement as she was when Tendulkar was retired is indeed touching. Artist Sharan Chatty from Bijapur said that he is very much impressed by the opportunity that he has received to exhibit his love for Tendulkar. Although the cartoon is a critic drawing, the creativity lies in scribbling the art strips to offer a real message. It is totally a different experience. There was freedom to express our brain and draw as per the imagination, he adds.

He has exhibited two cartoon strips. Subramanya from Shimoga said that scribbling cartoon strips on Tendulkar is an unique experience. He is into cartoon drawing since 1969. He had an opportunity to be acquainted with many cartoonists in and around.
This is the first time a player has become a theme for cartoon drawing. He also said that he had stopped drawing cartoons since 1992, however the one-week camp made him to once again take up the brush.

Subramanya’s first cartoon had appeared in Sudha weekly.

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