Drawing a cartoon is a tough task for many, but for P Narsimha popular known as Narsim, creating thousands of political cartoons is a cakewalk. His works that base themselves on day-to-day issues faced by common man and issues of politics perfectly use artwork and speak volumes of the contemporary scenario.
His work isn’t limited to just hundred or a thousand, Narsim has created nearly 10,000 cartoons and caricatures in his career spanning more than three decades. The political cartoonist has been recreating important events and developments through his drawings with most of them being related to current issues.
On display as part of an exhibition ‘Eyewitness of an epoch’ at ICCR Art Gallery are a myriad events and happenings from across the globe as seen and sketched by Narsim. An array of 130 artworks include caricatures of prominent personalities such as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, PM Narendra Modi, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, among others.
In his decades-long career, Narsim has worked with India Today for 23 years apart from Udayam Telugu weekly, Andhra Jyothi, Andhra Prabha and currently working as cartoon editor with Nava Telangana. For his works, he received the National Award for Best Cartoonist from Press Council of India in 2018, Best Cartoonist in 2005 from the State government.
“I always aim at stirring the minds of the readers and try to reveal highlights of current events in a simplified yet apt visual illustration. I always draw cartoons on burning issues like demonetisation, farmers suicide, GST, Third Front and also on fulfilling of government promises”, he says.
Issues of corruption, political diplomacy, biased decisions, government policies and social issues get highlighted and expressed in his works. “The exaggerated and caricaturised versions of persons and situations in the exhibition are happenings which are factual and genuine”, Narsim says.
The exhibition ‘Eyewitness of an epoch’ is open for public till March 27.