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Cartoon - a simplified form of art
Recently cartoons have been in news in India only for the bad reasons - offices were ransacked by people agitated at the 'negative' portrayal of BR Ambdedkar in NCERT books and previously Mamata Banerjee got once professor arrested for spreading one of her cartoons.

CARTOON IS a term that attracts almost all kids, they stick to the 'idiot box' or comics to know the stories of their comic heroes. A cartoon can be defined as a typical non-realistic or semi-realistic two-dimensional illustrated visual art intended for satire, caricature or humor.

Cartooning is about communicating an idea in the briefest terms possible, it flourished in Europe and travelled to the neighbouring continents, in India cartooning entered with the Britishers. In brief it can be explained as shorthand form of story telling. An artist who specializes in drawing cartoons is called a cartoonist, most of the cartoonists work in digital media. David Low is considered as father of world cartooning and late K. Shankar Pillai is the father of Indian cartooning.

Indian Institute of Cartoonists is an organization, first of its kind in India, situated in Bangalore aims at promoting the art of cartooning in the country and recognize the talents in this field and reward them. The organisation also guides the young and budding talents. It is the only organization in the field of cartooning worldwide, which conducts many activities under one roof. They organize cartoon gallery every month, conduct cartoon workshops, bestow lifetime achievement awards, and even conducts cartoon exhibitions.

In modern print media, a cartoon refers to a single panel drawing, which is usually humorous. The word cartoon is not always used to refer a comic strip. Nowadays cartooning has became a serious business, it has crossed all media barriers and emerged as a powerful communication tool. Cartooning in politics has seen its own boom, a political cartoon is designed in a way that it conveys a social or political message to the society, these are often found on the editorial pages of newspapers or magazines. In political cartoons irony and satire are heavily used, sometimes they become very controversial, when they deal with hot political issues. If we look at editorial cartoons from other countries they can be unclear to us, because the cartoons refer to public figures, which may be well known in their native country. Some political cartoons are universally understandable.

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