Saturday, January 09, 2010
Indian Institute of Cartoonists is pleased to announce the results of the National & International Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi Caricature contest organised recently in collaboration with Sri.V.R. Deshpande Memorial Trust. We are overwhelmed by the amazing and encouraging response from cartoonist’s world over. We had received a total of 625 entries for the contest, which is beyond our expectation. We thank all the participants for making the contest all the success.
The Jury members had a very tough time to evaluate the best caricatures for the prizes. They have selected the following six best caricatures from each section
WINNERS OF THE CONTEST
Manmohan Singh Caricature Contest
1st Prize (Rs.1,00,000/-) Mr. Vahid Jafari,
2nd Prize (Rs.50,000/-) Mr. Salam Mohammadi,
3rd Prize (Rs.10,000/-) Mr. Sandeep Adhwaryu, Outlook,
3 Consolation Prizes
(Rs.5000/- each) Mr. Alan Souto Maior,
Mr. Junior Lopes,
Mr. Prasant Nair,
Sonia Gandhi Caricature Contest
1st Prize (Rs.1,00,000/-) Mr.B.N. Biswal,
2nd Prize (Rs.50,000/-) Mr. Satish Sringeri,
3rd Prize (Rs.10,000/-) Mr.
3 Consolation Prizes
(Rs.5000/- each) Mr. Ravi Pujari,
Mr. Rituparno Maity,
Mr. Shankar Pamarthy,
Opinion of the Jury members
The entries received for the caricature contest were in two types, one was in the original and the other was the digital images sent by e-mail.
The Jury did not make any distinction between the types of entries or in the medium chosen or the sizes in which they were made.
The only criteria was how well the participants had drawn the caricatures of Manmohan singh and Sonia Gandhi.
Although most of the works had political comments included, it was decided that only the physical resemblance and the caricature part should be considered. The selected entries were decided exclusively for caricature and not the political comment.
It was a revelation as to how many different types of methods could be used for caricature. Some of them had oil on canvas, some were water colours, some were simple pencil sketches, and some were digitally drawn and painted. Some designed the caricatures with tools from Photoshop. The predominant number of entries had used digital imaging techniques for their works.
It was not mentioned in the contest about the use of photographs for the caricatures. The international cartoons which were quite overwhelming for this contest, for the major part had used the google approach, and used the images which were digitally altered for the caricature. The jury was of the opinion, that this would not give a level playing field for the other caricaturists, but still, considering the talent and ultimate aim of producing a good work, it was accepted in exceptional cases.
The Jury would suggest that in future contests, such a distinction has to be made and the entries to be considered separately.
Broadly, the works were considered on the basis of originality, technique and the idea. It was indeed a pleasure to see the works from all over the globe like
The members of Jury
Justice M.N. Venkatachalaiah, Former Chief Justice of
Prof.V.G. Andani, Noted Artist.
Sri. Keshav, Well-known Cartoonist.
Our magazine always stood against all kinds of unfair and idiotic practices around us. The provocation for this write-up is the results of International Caricature Competition organized by Indian institute of Cartoonists.
Unfortunately, we happened to see those prize winning entries. It was a clear case of ‘murder’ of caricature art form ! Undoubtedly, Rtd. Judge Mr. Venkatachalayya, artist Andani and cartoonist Keshav were responsible for this tragedy. What more can we expect when these three caricature illiterate persons become the judges !
A review of these prize winning works would turn their heads down.
Section- Manmohan Singh
First prize: Except for its detailed work, this one is not at all a perfect caricature.The nose is unnecessarily distorted so big. Why Gandhi specs? [ Is it Gandhism ? ha ha ha.. ] His bushy eyebrows are missing.
Second prize : Mr Manmohan Singh might fall flat if he happened to see this one ! What is the ‘hole’ thing between forehead and turban ?
Third prize : Here Mr Singh was butchered beyond recognition !
All those 3 consolation entries are realistic portraits !
Section - Sonia Gandhi
First, second and third prize winning entries should have been kept out of the competition itself for it’s realistic approach. All 3 are neat portraits!
These 3 consolation winning works are not perfect ones.
Now, what is a caricature after all ? A portrait ? No way ! Or is it just an
exaggeration face of a person ? Exaggeration of face is okay to some extent.
A perfect caricaturist would show the distorted face as well as something about
But judges here simply ignored all this . It’s a big humiliation for those who believed
IIC did a lot of valuable programmes so far. But now it lost it’s respect with this
blunder. Poor R V Deshapande, President of Congress has donated Rs3,50,000 as
the prize money. Sadly, the money was spent to hire realistic artists to murder this
great art !