A lady with a surveillance cam bound to her hair to watch the eve-teaser in tow; a helmet-wearing Malayali in the queue to the much-needed, much-hated Bevco liquor outlet to dodge identification; a ration dealer supplying rice to the rich, as those in the below poverty line stand in a long queue….
Dinesh Dali, painter at the regional workshop of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) at Edappal, captures moments from daily life, with a tinge of humour, through his cartoons that are on show at ‘Solo Toons’, organised by the Kerala Cartoon Academy at Nanappa Art Gallery on Karikkamuri Crossroads.
Dinesh is a familiar name to readers of Pakkanar entertainment magazine, Manorama weekly, Mangalam weekly, Hasya Kairali, Rashtradeepika, and Flash, as his cartoons frequently appear in these publications. A native of Chettippady in Parappanangadi, Dinesh is also a trade union activist.
He added ‘Dali’ to his own name out of reverence to renowned painter Salvador Dali.
The ongoing exhibition is part of a string of such shows organised by the academy ahead of the national cartoon fest, ‘CariToon-2017’ set to get under way in the city between May 4 and 8.