My Lalithakala Academy Award Citation and Dedication
Happy to present my Lalthakala Academy Award which I would like to dedicate to the following people. (1) My father, late Prof. K. P. Antony who encouraged even after catching me red-handed drawing cartoons during home work hours, (2) Eminent cartoonist, Shri. Yesdudasan, who not only accepted my first cartoon for publication in Asadhu, but also wrote a letter of encouragement and on how to improve, (3) Late Shri. P. Sreedharan, editor of The Express, who mentored me as an editorial cartoonist, (4) Legendary cartoonist Shri. R. K. Laxman, who inspired me to continue cartooning along with a career in science, (5) Late Shri P.K.S Kutty and Shri. E.P. Unny pioneering cartoonists who are good friends and critiques of my cartoons, (6) All of my publishers, especially Malayalam Patram (NY), Malayalam News (UAE), New Indian Express (NY), and City Journal (Thrissur), (7) Shri. John Mathew of Houston, whom I do not know but was the first to comment and write about the award winning cartoon in 2010 when it originally appeared, (8) Kerala Cartoon Academy and the dedicated followers of my blogs for their encouragements with comments and criticism, (9) My wife, Rekha and daughters who never complained about wasting time doing cartoons and (10) My family in India ,mother, brothers, sister and in-laws without their timely help my entry would not have appeared in the Academy exhibition.
While young I enjoyed sketching people around and at school I was notorious for cartooning my teachers. My first cartoon appeared in print when I was only 17 and over 2000 have now appeared in publications around the world: The Express, The Week, Onlooker & City Journal (India), India-New England, Malayalam Patram & New-Indian Express (USA), Malayalam News (UAE) & CNN. I am a scientist involved in advancing new energy technologies and earned my Ph.D from IIT-M. I am a recipient of UNESCO fellowship for promising young scientists and an author of ~ 75 papers & 15 patents. Cartooning keeps me creative in my pursuit of excellence in R&D. In 2003, Kerala Center (NY) honored me for “Extraordinary combination of talents as an Outstanding Scientist & Gifted Cartoonist”. My cartoons have won the Union of Concerned Scientists (USA)contest (2008), “Chemistry is Life” International Contest by UNESCO (2010) and Kerala Lalithakala Academy Honorable Mention Award (2011). While at IIT, I met renowned cartoonist, Shri. R.K. Laxman and inspired me pursue cartooning along with science. This what I crave to do.