Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kerala Cartoon Academy pays homage to Cartoonist GOPULU

​S. Gopalan (born 1924 - died 29th April 2015, pen-name Gopulu) was a Tamil illustrator and cartoonist, known for his work for the Tamil humour magazine Ananda Vikatan.

Born in Tanjore in 1924, Gopulu spent his early years in the city. He studied at the Kumbakonam School of Art. In 1941, he came to Chennai looking for a job in Ananda Vikatan. There, he met the legendary cartoonist 'Mali', who commissioned a number of paintings for the magazine's Deepavali special. It was not till December 1944, however, that Mali offered Gopulu a job at the magazine. (Mali was also the one who gave Gopulu his pen-name). In the course of the next twenty or so years, till 1968, Gopulu did political cartoons, cover designs and illustrated columns for the magazine.

As an illustrator, Gopulu worked on popular serials such as Thillana Mohanambal and Washingtonil Thirumanam. He is known for his work with the writer Devan for whom he illustrated the serial Thuppariyum Sambu in comics form. Devan's bumbling detective is remembered in the form in which Gopulu first drew him. Gopulu also traveled with the writer Saavi in 1953-54, to Ajanta, Ellora, Delhi, Jaipur, Calcutta for a travel series.

In 1972, Gopulu started his own ad agency, Ad Wave Advertising. He designed the logo of the Tamil magazine Kungumam, and that of Sun TV too. Later, he quit advertising and began to work as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as Kalki, Amudhasurabhi, Vikatan and Kungumam.

Gopulu was given the ‘Kalaimamani' award by the Government of Tamil Nadu on 26 November 1991. He is a recipient of the Murasoli Award and the M. A. Chidambaram Chettiar Award. In 2001 he was honoured with the lifetime achievement award as part of the inaugural function of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bangalore.

May his soul rest in peace...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kerala Cartoon Academy Office Bearers for the year 2015-2017

Chairman : Prasannan Anickad
Vice Chairman : Unnikrishnan and Jayaraj Vellur
Secretary  : Sudheer Nath N B
Joint Secretary :  Manoj Mathaserry
Treasurer : M S Mohanachandran
Executive Committee Members:
Rejeendra Kumar
Anoop Radhakrishnan
Rethish Ravi
Naushad P U
Suresh Davichi
Anil Vega
Surendran Varachal
Suresh K K
Abba Vazoor

Monday, April 13, 2015

KCA AGM on 26-04-15

The Annual General Body Meeting of Kerala Cartoon Academy is scheduled to be at SIKSHAK SADAN, (near Karikamuri cross road) , Ernakulam ,  on 26-04-2015 (Sunday) at 11 am.

Presentation of  KS PILLAI SMARAKA FREELANCE CARTOONIST AWARD to Dr.Madhu Omallur and distribution of prizes to winners of KCA cartoon-caricature competitions also will be held  at the same venue, at 3 pm.

MS Mohanachandran

Kerala Cartoon Academy
8281194851  / 9388601005 (Chairman)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ansera Cartoon Exhibition

Ansera  Cartoon  Exhibition, under  the auspices of Kerala Lalithakala Academy,  was opened at Lalithakala  Academy  Hall , Town Square , Alapuzha. It was inaugurated by P Aravindan,  Chairman ,Kerala Cartoon Academy. Remani Giri Ansera lit the holy-lamp. Vivek Victor, A H Anas, Ratheesh Sukumaran, T Prabhu and Dhiresh Ansera spoke on the occasion.

The exhibition consists of 101 frames from three generations. Among them, 31 frames by Giri Ansera,61 by his son Rakesh Ansera ,art teacher and executive member of KCA , and 9 by Giri's grand daughter  and Rakesh's daughter Nanda R Ansera, a student.

Monday, March 23, 2015

K S Pillai Award 2015 goes to Madhu Omallur

Madhu Omallur bags CARTOONIST K S PILLAI MEMORIAL FREELANCE  CARTOONIST AWARD 2015. Award of Rs.10001/-,  sponsored by Cartoonist Sukumar in memorial of his cartoon guru Late K S Pillai,  will be distributed in the Annual General Body Meeting of the Academy to be held at Ernakulam on 26th April 2015.


 Madhu Omallur


 K S Pillai

Madhu Omallur (Dr.P.Madhusoodanan Pillai) was born on 28-10-1954 at Omallur, Pathanamthita Dt, as fourth son of Sri.T.P.Parameswaran Pillai and Smt.T.N.Bhanumathi Amma.

Madhu Omallur, having Doctorate Degree in Newspaper Management, has more than 35 years of experience in journalism as editor and cartoonist in leading dailies in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He is recipient of several awards like Dr.Ambedkar Fellowship National Award. 

He is founder director of Shri Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust. He served as Director of State Resource Centre , Director Jan Shikshan Sanstan under Human Resource Development, GOI, Director Bharat Sevak Samaj  and several other important posts. Since 2001 he has been publishing  WITNESS-The Analytical Journal of India, independently.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015



                       School : (1)Anjana S.Raj, Kottayam
                                     (2)Prabhu Babu, Attingal

                       College: (1)Munaz M Z, Edakochi
                                    (2) Hareesh C, Palakkad
                                    (3) Dancy Stephen, Kottayam

                        Public:  (1) Sethu Varma,Changanaserry
                                    (2)Mini C P, Piravam
                                    (3) Indu K R, Kochi

              Public : (1)Ajesh K, Thripunithura
                          (2) Pankajakshan Vellur
                          (3)Eipe Peter, Chingavanam

Entries received for Cartoon- School/College were not up to the mark. Hence no winners.

Prizes for the winners will be distributed at a function to be held at Ernakulam on Sunday, 26th April 2015 afternoon.
Venue will be intimated later.