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Cartoonwatch is enjoying 20th year of success

At a time when political parties find it hard to rule the country for a 5-year term, creating humour for the past 16 years was and uphill task. But despite the odds,cartoonist Triambak Sharma made it with sheer determination and today Cartoon Watch the only monthly political cartoon magazine has successfully entered the Sixteenth year.

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After the closure of the renowned Shankar's Weekly, Triambak Sharma filled the much-awaited gap in 1996 when he started Cartoon Watch. This attempt was acknowledged by the likes of noted cartoonists Mario Miranda (Goa) and Abid Surti (Mumbai) as the lone cartoon centric magazine, he proudly says.

Sharma confesses profusely that the seven long year has never been a bed of roses but one that had uncertainty and doubts lurking month after month during the publication. But the undeterred Sharma had this steel studded determination that saw him tide away the rough terrain and bring out every edition of the magazine. Year after year he went on improvising the content and cartoon stuff in the magazine, which put to rest the capabilities of the magazine in creating humour.

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In this new age of hi-fi animation techniques and computer based cartoon drawing, what is done by hand in the traditional way is indeed praiseworthy. Knitting together the loose ends of the political system and the cultural diversities in the form of caricatures,the aim of Cartoon Watch is to create healthy laughter stuff.

Soon his labour and sweat paved the way for him, and he was invited for the first ever-Indian Cartoon Festival-2000 held at Hyderabad. At the Festival his contributions were praised and awarded.

Sharma in cooperation with the state government organised a three-day conclave of cartoonists in October 2001 where the chief minister Ajit Jogi inaugurated the function by drawing a cartoon himself. As many as 30 cartoonists from across the country gathered at the conclave and applauded the works done by the magazine. Speaking to the founder editor of the magazine Mrityunjay Sharma, said that the magazine is a platform for young cartoonists to exhibit their talents and emerge victor in this highly creative field of art. Sharma Senior added that already cartoonists from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and home state of Chhattisgarh are contributing their wittiest cartoons. He summed up saying that the magazine has recharged the veteran cartoonists like 78-year-old Brijmohan Lal Wahi and 72-year-old Shankar Ramachandra Tailang, which is no mean achievement.