An exhibition in memory of cartoonist Anirban Bora

Anirban Bora could never walk past a stationery store without going in to buy art materials. Just as he could not visit a city without exploring its gastronomy. An artist, cartoonist, illustrator and witty observer of ordinary life, Bora died of covid May 1st. He has worked with leading publications such as The Indian Express and The economic period in Delhi. Its artistic richness is a lasting legacy.

On May 7, the prestigious Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bengaluru will open an exhibition of Bora’s works, which will be opened by CS Krishna Shetty, former president of Lalit Kala Akademi. the exposure is titled “The World of Anirban Bora”.

Panipuri vendor from Anirban Bora (Express Archives)

“I consider him on the same level as legendary cartoonists such as Miranda and Prabhakar Raobail. Bora had created his unique style and his characters were different from those of other cartoonists. I was a fan of his cartoons, especially the food column called Indica Gastronomica, which once appeared in The Economic Times. Many people like me used to cut this page and keep it,” says VG Narendra, Managing Director, Indian Institute of Designers.

Anirban Bora Mamata of Anirban Bora (Express Archives)

Among the 90 exhibits are 12 cartoons, 10 food-themed works and other cartoons and sketches. The works show Bora’s attention to detail, style and humor. There’s one, in his “Borialis” series, of an unmasked man pedaling happily on a bicycle with coronavirus-shaped wheels. From the same series is an Indian television media commentary covering a crisis – a flood in Kolkata – and another from a crowded bus at rush hour that another passenger wants to board. The city of his birth, Kolkata, figures as a constant muse.

Anirban Bora Gandhi of Anirban Bora (Express Archives)

The Indian Institute of Cartoonists, which has exhibited a number of eminent designers, had been Bora’s choice of the gallery for an exhibition of his works. “We were in regular contact,” explains Narendra. The show is the culmination of this plan.

The exhibition will be held from 7 to 28 May at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bangalore

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