Watching Mohan sir reminds of Amitabh in Nishabd. Romancing the sixteen-year stroke with the sixty-year master is exhilarating.
While I was studying eighth class, I tumbled upon the NTR caricatures of Mohan in the daily Udayam, and I promptly fell in love with them. The stumpy, chubby NTR fetched me Rs.2/kilo later!!
Since X class, I had been literally obsessed with NTR caricatures by my future guru, Mohan, and continued to romance with them until PG.
I left my parents in my village and came in search of Mohan...I spent three years with him in Red Hills and LIC colony Flat no.73. I know Mohan sir sanitizing, and at the same time, smearing mud on "nobodys" like me, who do not know the difference between anatomy and autonomy.
An artist who worked in the team of Steven Spielberg told me: there is a perfect line hidden in the hundreds of lines you scribble.
But the only man whose single line comes out perfect is Mohan sir.
Nobody could master Mohan's line since NTR to Jr.NTR period.
The current sensation 'AVATAR'has its roots in India,particularly the characters have similarities with original sketches of Mohan.
M for Mindthing
I don't read essays of TJS George, the Indian Express columnist. I never read Telugu translations of Dastovisky.
But I still draw.
As rightly said by KNY Patanjali, 'what have we got to lose if our ignorance offends no one?'
[P.S. NTR still haunts me.My dream of seeing Mohan sir's "NTR" images in 3D remained just that - a dream [Face to Face with Mohan 8-30 to 9-00 pm 25-12-09 only on TV5]
This is vins[vijay n seth], a Mumbai cartoonist.
His work shows a pronounced European influence, he having met all the top names in Europe, including French cartoonist Andre Francois, considered the father of modern cartooning.Vins contributes for various publications such as Reader’s Digest and Indian Express.
He is now president of the Indian chapter of the Federation of European Cartoonists’ Organisation.
One day, I received a message from Vins that I should meet him.
It was followed by an sms the next day. I couldn't wait more. I went to Sheethal Enclave located in Banjara Hills.
Vins was apparently impressed by my work. Seems he told his Paris friend, Parick Pinter.
He spread out his Darvent pencil sketches, masking liquid paintings, calligraphy ink drawings. He used colors from Holland and paper from France. When I told about my father, a specialist in IKKAT art, he was visibly surprised.
Vins reminded me of my drawing teacher in high school, Sri Kalidas Rao sir, who, incidentally, is a friend of my father.
We exchanged our cartoons. His suggestion: use a better paper.
I thought to myself, "why should I spoil valuable papers?"
This is Ayn Rand caricature..i've done this with passion on Rand's philosophical quotations which are introduced by 'auto jaani'.
He is a school drop out. He ferries people around the city in his auto-rickshaw.
He is usually to be found in a liquor shop in Chilkalguda, or Anjali Theatre in
Secunderabad, or some other cinema hall. Before you jump to conclusions that he
is just another uneducated soul, check this out. He is an ardent follower of
philosophy, particularly Philosophy inspired by the likes of Friedrich
Nietzsche or the famous writer, Ayn Rand.
If anywhere in Hyderabad you come across an auto that is full of philosophical
quotes by Nietzsche or Ayn Rand, then you’ve just discovered “Auto-Jaani”. I
myself discovered Auto-Jaani on one “blog”buster. Now, I find philosophy and
all the headaches associated with it absolutely thrilling.
“Of many a proud struture’s ruins, weeds and raindrops have been the cause” –
“Of many a great people’s downfall, women have been the cause” – Auto-Jaani
All I know is Nothing —– Aristotle
All I don’t know is auto driving but I am an autodriver —– Auto-Jaani
“…..when you truly realize that you know nothing there truly can be a high
possibility of you knowing everything”
This is what I am doing…..believe me guys everyday is an exciting day.
[P.S: I couldn’t find a picture of Auto Jaani, hence I have drawn a caricature
of Ayn Rand.
This doesn’t mean I want to read Ayn Rand. It only means I like reading about
those who read Ayn Rand]