Sudhir Tailang is one of India’s finest and renowned political cartoonists. He has held only two solo-shows in Delhi in the past three decades This show was his solo show in the capital after a gap of almost 12 years. The retrospective was a selection of his best works from different periods. He has satirized PMs, CMs, ministers, Presidents, Governors and all sorts of politicians across the democratic spectrum.
In the past three decades or so, Sudhir’s had the privilege of drawing many prime ministers. Most of them invented solely to serve the cause of cartooning! From Indira Gandhi to Manmohan Singh—he’s essayed the journey of nine Prime Ministers in his inimitable style. The retrospective was a slice of India’s comic history of the past three turbulent decades.
Apart from Sudhir’s political cartoons, the show also featured his forays into other areas- his travel sketches, his caricatures and his works on other mediums.
At the rate of 7 cartoons a week, has drawn thousands of cartoons and caricature in the past three decades of professional cartooning. Most of the cartoons in this show were on subjects that concern all of us in our everyday life. Water, corruption, schools, hospitals, security, gender issues, law and order.
Sudhir has worked with The Illustrated Weekly and other The Times Group publications, Indian Express, The Hindustan Times. He presently draws for The Asian Age and The Deccan Chronicle. He was awarded Padma Shri by the President of India in 2004, for his contribution to the art of Cartooning and Journalism.
The IHC exhibition got over on 7 November but the show will continue at Art Alive, Panchsheel Park, thereafter till 15 November.