08-06-2017 05:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty, the winner of this year's WWF International President's Award hopes to bring nature closer to people through his satirical works
Rohan Chakravarty's cartoons make people green with humor. They always contain an element of nature and tries to make people aware of environmental issues. He is the creator and illustrator of more than 400 cartoons addressing environmental problems and his work has won him this year’s WWF International President’s Award in Manado, Indonesia, last month.
The 29-year-old self-taught artist believes that cartoons are an effective means of communication. He makes it simple by breaking the subject into interesting bits of information.
As a child, Chakravarty would flood his school notebooks, textbooks and walls with comics. Gradually his interest in nature grew and his cartoons centered around wildlife and nature.His work addresses issues such as poaching, global warming, wildlife trafficking and wildlife terrorism.
From an early age, Chakravarty had a keen interest in wildlife. He volunteered for NGOs involved in wildlife conservation and enjoyed bird watching and frog spotting. He was compassionate towards animals and would rescue abandoned sparrows and bulbuls that he found on roads.
During his free time, Chakravarty would fill his online platform, Green Humour with cartoons. It became the first series of comic strips from India to be picked up by a major syndicate.
He decided to quit his job and become a full-time cartoonist on wildlife conservation and nature when he received a lot of appreciation for his first solo “Wildlife the Toonie Way” in Bangalore (2014) comprising 70 works, which were mostly sold out
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