Jamal Rahmati (Iran)
Husejin Hanusic (Hule) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The three-member jury of senior journalists Sadanand Menon, Madhuker Upadhyay and Kunda Dixit, awarded the first prize to Husejin Hanusic ('Hule'), from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tied for second place were Oktay Bing?l from Turkey and Jamal Rahmati from Iran.
The Pea under the Mattress:
An Abu Retrospective
Yala Maya Kendra, Patan
Selections from the work of Indian cartoonist Abu Abraham during the turbulent years 1966-1988 will be on show at the cartoon congress. The sketches are a testament to Abu's fearlessness, perceptiveness and mastery of critical humour.
They reflect crucial political events that were taking place not only in India but throughout South Asia, including the 1971 Bangladesh War of Liberation, the 1975-77 Emergency in India, the 1979 hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the 1984 assassination of Indira Gandhi, the mysterious death of General Zia ul-Haq in a plane crash in 1988, and the controversial Indian involvement in the Sri Lankan war in 1987.
Throughout this period, Abu saw himself as a socialist. The Guardian once described him as "the conscience of the left and the pea under the princess's mattress".
Toons in Trying Times:
The Best of Nepali Satire
Yala Maya Kendra, Patan
Durga Baral (Batsayan), Abin Shrestha, Basu Kshitij, Rabin Sayami and Rajesh K C explore a wealth of issues through their cartoons, including the astounding show of people power in restoring democracy to Nepal; the tumultuous peace process, culminating in the Maoists joining mainstream politics; the holding of polls to elect a Constituent Assembly, and the subsequent abolition of the monarchy.
Batsayan will open the session with a brief overview of Nepali cartooning.
Both exhibitions are open to the public for free. After a week in Kathmandu, the Abu Retrospective and the Nepali Exhibition will travel around South Asia, with the next stop in Dhaka
Southasia Cartoon Congress
Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Friday, 14 November
17.00 ? 19.15
* Congress opening, public lecture by Manjula Padmanabhan
* Talk on Abu Abraham by Mark Bryant
* Introduction to Nepali cartoonist exhibition by Durga Baral 'Batsayan'.
* South Asian Cartoon Competition award ceremony.
Saturday, 15 November
9.00 ? 17.00
* History of political and editorial cartooning
* Censors of humour
* Editorial cartooning: step-child of journalism
* Divided through words
* Does Southasian
cartooning lack subtlety?
* Evolving with an evolving media