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Satire now more relevant, says Indian cartoonist in London

Adepal’s cartoons seeks to understand, explain and question socio-political incidents.

world Updated: Sep 16, 2017 16:51 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Vibha Mehdiretta inaugurating the Cartoon Selfie Exhibition at the Nehru Centre, London.
Vibha Mehdiretta inaugurating the Cartoon Selfie Exhibition at the Nehru Centre, London.(HT Photo)

Ashok Adepal, an artist from Gujarat currently showcasing his unique concept of ‘cartoon selfie’ at an exhibition in London, believes that satire is now more relevant in the current socio-political climate in India as well as at the international level.

Nearly 100 cartoons in the exhibition at the Nehru Centre feature himself as the central and only character, raising questions and lampooning individuals and current issues. The melange of cartoons seeks to understand, explain and question socio-political incidents.

Adepal said at the opening ceremony: “In the field of cartooning, the ‘Cartoon Selfie Exhibition’ is a unique concept. The reason is that now people are not tolerant, but it is necessary to use satire. I made cartoon-selfies and expressed my feelings without targeting any particular individual.”

Adepal’s cartoons seeks to understand, explain and question socio-political incidents. (HT Photo)

The amusing as well as grim cartoons rely on one character without dialogue and cover national and international subjects. Senior Nehru Centre official Vibha Mehdiretta, who inaugurated the exhibition at an event attended by several people of Indian origin said it was a unique event in the history of the centre.

Adepal’s work has appeared in several digital and print publications over the last 15 years.