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30 August 1965 |
Moga, Punjab, India
|Occupation||Cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator, designer|
Shekhar Gurera or Chander Shekhar Gurera (born 30 August 1965) is Press Information Bureau accredited senior Indian editorial cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer, He is well known for hitting the funny bone by his regular cartoons with accurate prick of quirky comments in a few lines at India's political and social trends. His daily pocket cartoons appear in several English, Hindi and regional language daily newspapers The Pioneer, Punjab Kesari, Hind Samachar, Jag Bani, etc. While being an undergraduate student of science, he used to draw cartoons as a hobby and started his cartoon career in 1984 as a freelancer.
Gurera was born on 30 August 1965 in Moga, Punjab (India). He started his 11th from DAV College, Abohar, but graduated with a degree in Science from Multani Mal Modi College at Patiala in 1986, and got a degree in Applied Arts from College of Art at New Delhi in 1990.
Awards and Honors
During his graduation he secured four University Colors and Gold Medals in Cartooning and Sketching where as in 1982 while being a student of 11th he was honored by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Balram Jakhar. In 1989 he was honored by the PM, Rajiv Gandhi; In 1990, by The President, Giani Zail Singh and in 1992 with the Best Cartoonist Award by the PM P. V. Narasimha Rao during 1st Babu Jagjeevan Ram Memorial All India Art Exhibition. In 1996 awarded for the Excellence in Cartooning at 20th Matri Shree Media Awards, by the Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma. In 1997 he got honor to represent India at the 3rd Asian Cartoon and Art Exhibition conducted by The Japan Foundationat Tokyo, where as in 2002 he was awarded by The Saitama's Humor Photo Contest, Japan. In 2011 he was honored at Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya Memorial 7th Annual Award for Journalism (Cartoonist).
In 1999, Coordinated Kargil Kartoons (A Collection of Cartoons and a chain of Cartoon Exhibition), the solidarity gesture of drawing on-the-spot cartoons of army men who passing through the New Delhi railway station on their way to Kargil. The cartoons on Kargil War were later exhibited at The Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. 25–31 July 1999, followed by the chain exhibition of cartoons at Jaipur, Chandigarh, Patna and Indore.
2001 onward, carrying a unique weekly feature, Future Lens, which is very popular abroad as well . In this column, every time they carry a popular celebrity from sports, films, politics or from other fields and represent them as, how they'll looks like when 30 years were added to their present age. These pictures were been created by painting digitally, which gives the impressions of actual photograph. A chain of cartoons for the Calendar 2005 of National Productivity Councilwhile defining the different ways of Productivity in a funny way.
Books and Articles
Suryodaya Ki Dharati Japan Se, After returning from Japan, wrote a weekly series of articles, published in Punjab Kesari, Jag Bani and Hind Samachar. 10 episodes of articles were a kind of his experience as well as a travelogues : 1997
- PIB, Government of India. | access date=22 July 2010. List of Accredited Journalist, 2010 (no300 in List by Name)
- Another Feather in the cap of Cartoonist Gurera The Times of India, New Delhi : Jan20, 1999
- Honored by the PM, P. V. Narasimha Rao Navbharat_Times, New Delhi : 30 November 1992
- 20th Matri Shree Award Announced Indian Express, New Delhi : May6,1996
- 3rd Asian Cartoon and Art Exhibition : Manga Hai Kya, Comics : Shekhar Gurera
- Saitama's Humor Photo Contest 2002 World's Contests
- Madan Mohan Malaviya Memorial 7th Annual Award : 2011 Excellence in Cartooning
- "Humour for warriors up front," Indian Express, 14 July 1999.
- "Crystal Ball Gazing : Hrithik Roshan in 2035," The Times of India, New Delhi: 27 July 2000.
- Cartoons for the NPC, Calendar: 2005.
- A series of 10 articles published in Punjab Kesari, Jag Bani and Hind Samachar Dec23,1997 : सूर्योदय की धरती (जापान) से
- Kargil Kartoons a collection of cartoons
- An article by Ram Kishore Parcha published in Swatantra Bharat, Lucknow on Aug26,2000 : रेलवे यात्रा पर कार्टूनों की एक उम्दा बानगी