Cartoonist Sukumaran, as S. Sukumaran Potti is better known, had an unusual formal profession for a cartoonist: He worked in the Kerala state police department, in the special branch CID! But happily for him, his serious d
ay job did not tell on his artistic talent. And today, Sukumar is one of the best known cartoonists in Kerala.
Sukumar had an aptitude for story-telling, singing, acting and drawing from an early age, and he honed these talents during his school and college days. By the time he graduated in 1954 from the University College, Trivandrum, with a BA in History, Politics and Economics, he had established a name as a cartoonist and humour writer. Fresh out of college, he did a stint as staff cartoonist for Malayali daily in Trivandrum, but later chucked it to enter government service. However, he continued to write and draw for several periodicals, and his work was later published in book form.
Sukumar has to his credit, 25 books under different genres of humour, besides a book of cartoons titled Dr Manasastri , a compilation of cartoons which appeared in the Manasastrammagazine, a periodical dedicated to psychology, which appeared from 1980 to 1997.
Popular columns of his include ‘Poses’ in Malayala Manoramaweekly, ‘Pothujanam Palavidham’ in Malayalarajyam weekly and ‘Kashyam’ in Malayala Nadu weekly.
A regular contributor to Akashavani, Doordarshan and Asianet TV, Sukumar has also been presenting humorous talks on Soorya TV twice a week on their morning programme since 1999.
Sukumar, who is fully engaged in freelance writing and cartooning now, was the chairman of the Kerala Cartoon Academy for four years, and is now its governing body member. The founder-secretary of Narma Kairali, which is the only organisation of Malayalam humour writers, he is now its president for the fourth year.
In 1996, Sukumar was conferred the Kerala Sahitya Academy award for humorous literature. He has given lectures, and conducted cartoon demonstrations and exhibitions in the US. He was honoured by the Karnataka Cartoonists’ Association at Bangalore in October 1998, and was a special invitee to the Indian Cartoon Festival held in Hyderabad in October
Notable Works of Cartoonist Sukumaran
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