The Indian Cartoon Gallery, a first-of-its-kind initiative
of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists (IIC), is the one and
only space created in the country to exhibit these highly
educative, creative, innovative, thoughtful and socially relevant
works of art. Political and Social scenarios are best depicted
through cartoons that tickle the funny bone and make readers
think and act. Cartoons are one of the most popular sections
of a newspaper and are as respected as the editorial itself.
The Indian Cartoon Gallery is a vast, tastefully designed
and dedicated space (2,000 sq ft) in the heart of the IT city
of India (Bengalooru). The gallery is wholly devoted to exhibit
cartoons created by state, national and international caricaturists.
Open on all working days except national holidays, the gallery
has been promoted with the sole aim to promote and encourage
the art of cartooning. The gallery is open to all members
of public, students and professionals.
This gallery will serve as a space and provide opportunity
to amateur and professional cartoonists to conduct exhibitions.
The gallery will also serve as a place where one can learn/
enhance their knowledge of cartoons and cartoonists.
The Bengalooru Gallery — first
of a nationwide series
The Bengalooru gallery is the first of a series of cartoon
galleries the IIC plans to set up across the country. Ambitious
plans have been drawn up to set up similar cartoon galleries
in all major cities of the country including Mumbai, Pune,
Hyderabad, Delhi etc. All talented cartoonists will be provided
space to exhibit their works in this gallery.
Along with the display space, the Institute offers several
other facilities including a fully wired 75-seater Conference
Hall, Library and office. These facilities have been created
so that talks, interactions, workshops on cartoons and
cartooning can be organized in one space and seminars lecture-demonstrations,
slide/ film shows. Experts from across the country will be
invited to conduct these events.
The library will stock a vast collection of resources both
in the form of books, CD-ROMs, collections, writings etc.
There will be books on cartoons, cartooning, collections of
cartoons, and information regarding cartoonists from across
the world. The library is primarily aimed to serve as a resource
base for researchers, students, budding cartoonists and interested
onlookers. One of the aims of the library will be to collect
and preserve original and award winning works of leading cartoonists
The task of putting together a knowledge resource such as
this naturally requires support from people both in terms
of finances and book donations. Since the space has already
been created, we are looking for books and periodicals on
the subject. We fervently appeal to all cartoon lovers to
donate books, information and original cartoons that they
might be in possession about the field of cartooning. Help us create a dedicated cartoon library and this
will help keep the art alive and serve as a education platform
for young and budding cartoonists.
In a bid to create a corpus funding for the Indian Institute
of Cartoonists, we have begun to offer membership to everybody
who loves cartoons and who wishes to promote the art of cartooning.
The initial offer for Life membership fee is only Rs.5,000
and this contribution will go a long way in promoting and
supporting the art of cartooning for a long time in the future.
We have pleasure to announce that the first member of the
institute is Mrs. V.S. Rama Devi, former
governor of Karnataka, who is an ardent fan of cartoons.