Sudhir Tailang, the noted cartoonist who has been associated with Hindustan Times for 18
years, has joined the Asian Age on Saturday (July 16).
His new role will involve creating political cartoons for all the editions of The Asian Age. The newspaper has six editions - New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and London.
Prior to Hindustan Times, Tailang had worked with The Indian Express and Navbharat Times, Delhi. He started his career with The Illustrated Weekly of India in Mumbai.
Tailang remembers his "subjects" well. He says, "Narasimha Rao is my hero. He was always been featured with protruding lips. He would speak less and you have to study him closely to predict what is going on in his mind. Another of my favourite is L.K Advani. He loves my caricatures a lot. Lalooji is also one of the favourites. His one-liners always attract attention and he is a real politician. I made his portrait and he seemed pleased with it. He has always appreciated my work. He is, in a way, a cartoonist's delight."
"My first step has always been to speak to the person. A heart-to-heart session has never failed in bringing me closer to the subject. Not only do you get to know the person, you also get to notice his facial expressions very closely. This is very important for drawing a portrait. After that, I read about the person and scan recent various newspaper reports and photographs. It is only then that I lay my hands on the canvas," he continues.
Tailang has done a few short animation films for Doordarshan, another two-part film on the art of cartooning, and a series of films on the legendary cartoonists of India for Doordarshan.
He recently anchored and directed a short film for Doordarshan called 'Mera Studio Mera Mehman' in which he interviewed celebrities in different fields of art like Gulzar, Satish Gujral and others. The programme will be on air soon.
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