Cartoonist Shankar Pamarthy makes a joyous mark on the legacy and influence of Gandhi over his upbringing, and culture. Shankar has recently gained international acclaim for his recent series of drawings that will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi.
On display at Kalakriti art gallery in Hyderabad, India are 40 drawings, created with pen, pencil, and ink on acid-free paper. Drawn against a white or off-white background, the imagery is a tribute to Shankar’s admiration for Gandhi. A feeling of humility and celebration come through in his work. “I approached this series as an admirer of Gandhi than an artist,”
One image that shows Gandhi laughing heartily was inspired by a rare photograph Shankar chanced upon. “I felt it would be apt to mark Gandhi’s 150th birthday showing him laughing with childlike happiness,” says the cartoonist.
The exhibition is the leading face for this international celebration.