N. Ponnappa is an Indian cartoonist, working in Bangalore. His daily cartoon Offside is a regular feature of the local Times of India. He contributes to the Economic Times and his cartoons have also been featured in Midday in Mumbai over the past 17 years.
Ponnappa was born in Mangalore in 1948. His early education was in Mangalore, Pune and Chennai. He graduated as an architect and went to Chicago for higher studies. A self-taught cartoonist, he began to publish cartoons in his college magazine. He had an eleven-year stint from 1970 to 1981 as an architect in Chennai, Delhi, and Lagos, before he turned into a cartoonist. He settled down in Bangalore in 1982 and has since then, had a career as a freelance cartoonist.
Ponnappa is the grandson of Nadikerianda Chinnappa, the compiler of the Pattole Palome (see:Kodava).
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