The first cartoon museum in the country, Cartoonist Sankar memorial National Cartoon Museum and Art gallery, will be formally handed over to the nation by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Krishnapuram near Kayamkulam, on Thursday. The Center, which is being set up under the aegis of Kerala Lalithkala Academy would be elevated to the top most cartoon study center in the country, said Minister for Cultural affairs K C Joseph here at a press conference today. The museum, which was set up in the memory of famous cartoonist Sankar at his birthplace on his 112th birthday, has been equipped in around 15,000 square feet and will showcase Sankar’s major cartoons and equipment used for drawing cartoons, including brush, pen, easel equipped table, overcoat and dolls as well, which were handed over to the museum by his daughters Yamuna Sankar and Santha Sreenivas. ‘Though, the museum will showcase cartoons of existing and former cartoonists, it will predominantly feature the cartoons of Sankar. We have as many as 120 original cartoons of Sankar, which were received from his kin. Sanker’s Cartoons of Gandhiji, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi will be showcased in the museum,’ he said. Sanker’s water coloured portrait of Nehru, will be one of the major attractions of the museum. Cartoons of other former stalwarts including Abu Abraham, O V Vijayan, Kutty, Samuel, B M Gafoor, John Mathew, Thomas P Mohan, Kerala Varma, K S Pillai, P K Manthri and Sanker’s students and existing cartoonists including Yesudasan, and B G Varma will also be displayed in museum. Another attraction to be seen in the museum will be Sankeran Kutty’s caricatures on Indira Gandhi and Vaikom Muhammed Basheer. Minister added that cartoon collections of the existing cartoonists will be started at the museum soon. The building was constructed by the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs three crore.
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