I wouldn’t find it for Delhi – but Jaipur in particular is filled with art. When the city was designed in the 18th Century – the gates like Suraj pol and Chand pol that you will see near the centre each have their own design of paintings, depending on when they were built. Because it is also a royal city, the paintings and architecture show [wealth] next to the poor. In Central Park here, you have see over there…
He gestures towards the main gate
Even this is filled with art.
I don’t know if cartoonists are inspired by the art, but I think the community is. Jaipur is known for its colour. I think for cartoons, it's all Western inspired.
I began as an artist, studying a diploma of fine arts in Rajasthan, then a MA in Drawing and Painting at the University of Rajasthan - but I was familiar with the way journalism worked. My political cartoons began from scribbles, to paintings, to satire – and that’s a recognisable story for most cartoonists in the industry. My tools are paint and watercolours, I have never done digital...
However, I feel that’s more showing my age. He laughs.
Surprisingly enough, there isn’t a lot of censorship from India’s government: if you’re fair. So, if you’re making a comment on a certain politician that is fair, and you’re not completely making bias – that is fine. In fact, I would say they go quite a way of promoting it.
But there's a good reason for that.
Cartoons are a very important part of newspapers, because they inform these people. They are able to see the cartoon and understand the current affair that is happening in the world. From there, there has been some cases where it has helped people learn the read.
I think this is why also the government is encouraging of cartoons.