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Hyderabad geek to exhibit his flick at Frankfurt

Shankar Kumar alias Sanku an enthusiastic and very active cartoonist from Hyderabad painstakingly produced and directed an excellent serial "Eminent Cartoonists of India" for India's national TV covering works, achievements and life styles of popular Indian cartoonists.

A collection of 13 short films titled `Eminent Cartoonists of India' conceived and produced by Hyderabad-based cartoonist and film maker S. B. Shankar Kumar (Sanku) will be screened in Indian cartoons exhibition in Frankfurt from September 15 to October 18 coinciding with Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF)-06.

The organisers of FBF will screen the short films round the clock for over 30 days starting at Golden Hall of Hessian Broadcasting, Frankfurt Main, Germany.

Doordarshan has screened Sanku's short films many times. Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation has granted permission to screen these movies to the FBF organisers.

The series `Eminent Cartoonists of India' consists of 13 stalwarts like Sankar Pillai, Abu Abraham, R.K. Laxman, Mario Miranda, Gopulu, Bapu, Azit Ninan, Vins, EP Unny, Suresh Sawant(WittyWorld</em>'s India editor), Sushil Kalra, B.V.Ram Murty and Prabhakar Warikar.

Earlier, UNICEF had adjudged the series as the best production of Doordarshan at their Open Frame film festival held in New Delhi. Sanku will visit FBF in October as a special invitee.

“Eminent Cartoonists of India” by Sanku, is on famous cartoonist Abu Abraham. This film attempts to draw out the cartoonist's different facets - as a cartoonist, as a member of the Rajya Sabha, as a political columnist.

He bemoans the low pay given to cartoonists and the shift away from an art form that can also be potent political commentary. It reveals a cartoonist who is as much an artist as a self-aware and well-informed political commentator and social critic.

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