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Into fashion and humour

Pankaj Ahuja is at ease drawing caricatures and designing clothes.



ARTISTIC TALENT: Pankaj Ahuja makes a mark with his cartoons. — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

PANKAJ AHUJA is serious about being humorous. He says, "it will be interesting to draw Chandrababu Naidu . Dark hair and light beard present a good combination," says the twenty-something Ahuja, - one of the country's leading caricaturists.

It all began as a hobby for Pankaj during the days when he used to read Target that carried cartoons by Ajit. "I used to paint walls in a friend's house with comic characters and caricatures," he recollects as he adds modestly, "I was becoming popular as an artist and people used to invite me during parties, to their homes to draw."

Popularity increased steadily and corporates like, Bacardi began inviting him to enliven their parties by his art. Pankaj was in town recently to capture the myriad moods of the inaugural party for Bacardi Breezer at T2, where he worked furiously on the canvas throughout the evening.

"Once at work, I lose myself," he went on apologising to all those who kept on appreciating his work whenever they passed by.

Greatly inspired by R.K. Laxman and Ajit, Pankaj says, "One always has to see the brighter side of things to be happy. Laugh when you are low and you soon forget your pain." And how difficult is to make others smile for a caricaturist?

"Easy," he quips in almost immediately. "A smile is really contagious. I smile at people and so do my drawings, and people reciprocate."

What is less known about Pankaj is that he is also a qualified fashion designer, who has worked with leading international and local designers. "Presently I am working with Rohit Bal in the same platform," he says.

In fact Pankaj has been working with Bal now for the past six years. "Fashion and humour - both are different forms of art and are equally important. While one is for the body the other is for the soul," he signs off with a smile, as he sharpens his pencils to sketch Babu.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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