An International Cartoon Exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs. Usha Vohra, the first lady of the state of Jammu & Kashmir on 27th February 2015 at Kala Kendra Jammu. This exhibition has been organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, with the aim to pay tribute to the legendary cartoonist Mr. R.K. Laxman who passed away on 26th January 2015.
Curated by prominent cartoonist, Chander Shekhar, Eighty-five creations of Forty-five top cartoonists are under display in this exhibition which will continue to remain open for view till Saturday at 5 pm, 28th Feb 2015. Cartoons by (Late) RK Laxman are also on display.
Earlier Mrs Usha Vohra paid floral tributes to the legendary cartoonist, R.K. Laxman and made a round of two major art galleries of Kala Kendra. Appreciating the works under display, she commended the efforts of ICCR Jammu for organizing the first ever International Exhibition of Cartoons.
On this occasion, Regional Director of ICCR, Balwant Thakur informed that credit goes to the entire fraternity of cartoonists, particularly the cartoonists of Jammu & Kashmir who not only inspired ICCR but also contributed immensely to conceptualize and mount this show. Most importantly, the majority of the cartoons which have been featured in this International Exhibition have exclusively been created for this show. He termed this exhibition as a humble tribute of the fraternity of cartoonists to their iconic R.K. Laxman who is considered by all as one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, was an institution in himself, indisputably the uncrowned conscience keeper of the nation.
RK Laxman tribute cartoons by KanglaOnline cartoonist Manas Maisnam are also on display at the exhibition.
(Source: Press Release by Organizers.)