The Indian Cartoon Gallery is a one-of-its-kind initiative that was established to encourage the art of cartooning, exhibiting the works of Indian and international cartoonists, and creating an interactive platform for caricaturists across the globe.
The artworks showcased in the gallery cover a wide spectrum of genres like politics, social and economic issues, pocket, strip, caricature, illustration, comics and doodle. The space for the gallery was acquired with the help of Ashok Kheny (MD of NICE corridor), and this enterprise was backed by personalities like Bal Thackery and Abdul Kalam.
A brainchild of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, the gallery has hosted 159 exhibitions till date and has felicitated 15 leading cartoonists from across the country with lifetime achievement awards. A dedicated exhibition area has displayed the works of several famous cartoonists in the country like R.K. Laxman, N.K. Ranganath, Mario Miranda and Maya Kamath, to name a few. The gallery also houses a 75-seater conference hall for conducting workshops, seminars and lectures on the art of cartooning for amateur artists.
The gallery also holds an annual political cartoon competition in honour of Maya Kamath. The in-house library is a resourceful centre for anyone seeking knowledge on cartooning, and has around 2,000 books, writings and rare collections in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Gujarati. The collection includes donations from world-famous artists like Fredrick Joss, William Hogarth, Max Beerbohm, Mario Miranda and Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana. The ICG has also digitised around 700 books on cartooning in association with the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts).